AUST To Pursue ABET Accreditation
As a kick-off to the process, coordinated by AUST’s Pan African Materials Institute (PAMI), an ABET-appointed consultant recently (September 27- 28, 2016) conducted a training workshop as part of the initial preparations for accreditation. AUST offered to share the experience with two other African Centres of Excellence (ACES), namely, the University of Port Harcourt and Obafemi Awolowo University.
The University of Port Harcourt was represented by Professor Joel Ogbonna, Director, Centre for Petroleum Research and Training, Institute of Petroleum Studies, University of Port Harcourt; Dr. Peter Kpolovie, Acting Director of Planning, Research and Control Unit and faculty members Dr. Julian Osuji, Plant Science and Biotechnology, Dr. Uduma Ikpa, Institute of Petroleum Studies. Obafemi Awolowo University was represented by Professor Ganiyu Adesola Aderounmu, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Drs. Alaofin Oluwatope, Ezekiel Ayowole Agbaje and Temitope Ajayi, faculty members in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. PAMI-AUST was represented by Professor Peter Azikiwe Onwualu, AUST Head of Materials Science and Engineering.
The training was facilitated by Professor Albert Joe Turner, Jr, Emeritus Professor at Clemson University, U.S.A. It covered the major areas of focus for accreditation, including proper program documentation, supporting high quality research, curriculum development and periodic review, and how to get adequate funding for the programs prior to accreditation.
According to him, the ABET Foundation only evaluates the performances submitted from the various institutions and does not involve itself in the routine running of programs prior to accreditation.
He strongly encouraged participants to pursue this, noting that, as of now, no Nigerian university has so far been accredited by ABET, hence the need for the ACES to work harder to get the ABET accreditation, in order to further distinguish themselves from the rest.