In late July of this year, the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions, LACCEI, held its annual conference in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. As it is customary, the Conference brought together leading organizations both academic and professional, as well other related to Engineering in Latin America and the Caribbean. As in previous years, GCREAS participated very actively in the conference, including its presence at an interchange meeting with other engineering accrediting agencies operating in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as through the presentation of the paper Quality Accreditation of Engineering Education. Issues on an Optimal Accrediting Agency Model, written by Dr. Hugo Pirela. Present at the conference were, among other distinguished guests, Dr. Martin Candanedo, LACCEI’s former President and current Chairman of the Board of GCREAS and Dr. Miguel Escala, prominent founding member of GCREAS and keynote speaker the Conference.
At the LACCEI Conference in 2015, Santo Domingo, DR; from left to right: Martin Candanedo, Panama, LAACEI ex-president and current Chairman of GCREAS; Claudina Vargas, D.R; Jaime Bonilla, Mexico, President of LACCEI; Miguel Escala, RD GCREAS founding member, speaker at the conference, Jose Cuadrado, Portugal, President Elect of LACCEI; and Luis Martinez, France.
On May 2015, the Latin American & Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions, LACCEI, solicited the submission of papers to be presented at its annual conference in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Dr. Hugo Pirela wrote a paper summarizing the experience of the GCREAS Accrediting Agency, from its inception to date, and the lessons provided by said experience, concerning the optimization of an institutional model for international engineering accreditation agencies. The document was submitted for consideration by the panel of experts appointed by LACCEI for approval and inclusion in this international conference; and, in June 2015, the review panel issued an approving verdict. Consequently, the paper entitled: Quality Accreditation of Engineering Education. Issues on an Optimal Accrediting Agency Model was accepted as part of the international conference presentations.
Facsimile of the cover page for the paper presented by GCREAS at the LACCEI Conference in 2015
As part of their normal activities to promote quality education in engineering and track previously made preparatory contacts with the Office for Quality Promotion of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, UASD, GCREAS paid an official visit to the office of the Rector at the university, Dr. Ivan Grullón. During the visit, a working meeting took place about the next steps and measures to be taken to incorporate the university´s engineering education programs to the GCREAS quality accreditation process. In this regard, views were exchanged with the Rector and the Director of Quality Promotion of the university, Dr. Amado Reyes and the Director of the School of Civil Engineering, Eng. Ventura. The academic authorities informed that the University will announce in the near future what programs will be subject to self-study, evaluation and inspection visits, within the GCREAS quality accreditation process.
Aspect of the meeting of Dr Hugo Pirela, GCREAS’s Executive Director (left) with the UASD Rector, Dr. Ivan Grullón.
In the context of its participation in the International Conference on Accreditation organized by the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, UASD, the Executive Director of GCREAS held a meeting with officials of the Office for Quality Promotion at the university, in order to explore the possibilities that the higher education programs on Engineering dictated by UASD join the GCREAS process of quality accreditation. In this regard Dr. Hugo Pirela exchanged views with Dr. Amado Reyes, Director of Quality Promotion at UASD, and agreed to continue contact with him on this topic. The idea is to develop preparatory activities in coordination with the Dean of Engineering, including a future meeting with the highest authority of the university, the Rector Dr. Ivan Grullón.
GCREAS work meeting at the Office for Quality Promotion at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. Dr. Pirela (right) explains details of the GCREAS process for quality accreditation of Engineering Education to Dr. Amado Reyes, Director of the aforementioned office, and Ms. Yuberkis Chevalier, Dr. Reyes’s Assistant.