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Professional Accreditation of Engineering Programmes and EUR-ACE labels in Central Asia

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2016 ASEE International Forum


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Sergey Gerasimov Siberian Transport University

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Professor Sergey Gerasimov (Director of the Accreditation Centre of the Association for Engineering Education of Russia)
Date of birth: March 18, 1955
1972-1977 - Novosibirsk Institute of Electrical Engineering (Faculty of Technical Physics)
1977 - Diploma in Technical Physics (M.Sc.)
1985 - Ph.D. (Structural mechanics), Siberian Transport University (STU), Novosibirsk
1998 – Sc. D. (Structural mechanics), STU, Novosibirsk
Previous positions:
2005 – present time – professor of the Department of Structural Mechanics of STU
2003 – 2005 - vice-rector for academic affairs
2001 – 2003 - deputy rector for international affairs
1983-2001 associate professor, professor of the Department of Structural Mechanics
1977-1983 - engineer, junior researcher of the Department of Structural Mechanics
Teaching experience: general physics, theoretical mechanics, structural mechanics.
Research experience: experimental mechanics, optical methods in mechanics of solids, FEM, engineering education;
Managing experience: Siberian Transport University managing.
Professional development:
• Advanced training in English language (Novosibirsk, STU, 1983-1985, aspirantura),
• Expert on the Association for Engineering Education of Russia (Moscow) since 2003,
• Program evaluation: Ankara, Turkey, 2005; Newcastle, United Kingdom, 2006; Seoul, Korea, 2008; Lausanne, Switzerland, 2011; Porto, Portugal, 2013; Neuchatel, Switzerland, 2013.
• International Workshops: ABET Moscow, Russia, 2006, University La-Sapienza, Rome, Italy, 2007, ASIIN, Bonn, Germany, 2009, Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (HSV), Stockholm, Sweden, 2009,
• International Engineering Alliance Meetings: Taipei, Taiwan, 2011; Sydney, Australia, 2012.
Membership in professional organizations:
• Member of the SPIE since 1991
• Member of the SEFI since 2000
• Member of AEER Accreditation Board since 2006
• Member of EUR-ACE Label Committee of ENAEE since 2012

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Yury P Pokholkov Tomsk polytechnic university, Association for Engineering Education of Russia


Kseniya K Tolkacheva Association for Engineering Education of Russia, Tomsk Polytechnic University

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Member of the Association for Engineering Education of Russia responsible for AEER international cooperation activities. PhD in Pedagogical Sciences, graduate degree in “Mathematical Methods in Economics”. Also holds a Management degree. Her research focus is in Quality Assurance, active learning and international academic mobility. Has experience in coordinating several TEMPUS projects as well as organizing joint international partnerships in educational and research areas, including national and international projects, organizing conferences, seminars, workshops and training courses.

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Jose Carlos Quadrado Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto Orcid 16x16

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José Carlos Quadrado is a full professor with tenure of the Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL) and is currently under external management assignment in Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP), Portugal. He is currently the immediate past-President of ISEL and the Vice-President of ISEP.
He has a BSc in Energy and Power Systems, a diploma degree in Electrical Engineering, Automation and Industrial Electronics from ISEL, a MSc and a Doctor degree in Electrical Engineering and Computers from Lisbon Technical University. He also holds the Habilitation degree (Aggregation) in Electrical Engineering from Beira Interior University.

Holds the position of immediate past-President of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and the position of past president of the Ibero-American Engineering Education Association (ASIBEI). Currently he is a President-Elect of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) and a member of the board of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). He is also a past-Vice President of SEFI.
He leads the Portuguese Observatory on European and Latin-American University management strategy best practices (TELESCOPI Portugal) and is the past-President of the Portuguese association of engineering rectors and deans (APDI2E).

He was a member of the general assembly of the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE), and has been actively supporting the development of accreditation agencies in Central Asia and Latin America.
Being a member and senior member of several engineering societies and engineering education societies in several continents, he is also a visiting professor in many universities around the world and board member of several technological societies.

He holds over 100 international publications (including journals and chapters of books), several patents and some international technical prizes and scholarships, and also held the position of editor and editor-in-chief in some journals. Up to now he has also developed several international engineering projects in the fields of renewable energy, fuel cells, electrical vehicles, intelligent control and engineering education.

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Today the process of accreditation of educational programs is widely recognized as one the most efficient ways to improve the quality of education and as an entry route to the engineering profession. It is crucial to develop system of continuous programs improvement at universities through an independent external accreditation of educational programs by the agencies representing national and international professional community. The formal outcome of external examination process is regarded as the credibility to the program from graduates’ consumers, international recognition of the educational program facilitating its competitiveness, and the main result is a real quality improvement of educational programs. The first steps in setting up and implementing a system of Quality Assurance of engineering education in Central Asia were made within the TEMPUS project QUEECA (Quality of Engineering Education in Central Asia) started in 2012. One of the project aims is to develop the system of professional accreditation of engineering educational programmes based on European best practices and meeting the requirements of the EUR-ACE Framework Standards and the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. In framework of the project activities a series of training workshops for experts in preparing programs for professional accreditation were run in 4 CA countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The paper presents detailed description of the experts’ training, its objectives, teaching and learning methods and final outcomes. The rationale, development and main principles of the EUR-ACE Standards are summarized.

Gerasimov, S., & Pokholkov, Y. P., & Tolkacheva, K. K., & Quadrado, J. C. (2016, June), Professional Accreditation of Engineering Programmes and EUR-ACE labels in Central Asia Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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