Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy – SHARP

South-South Cooperation for Enhancing Science, Engineering and Technology Standards in Asia and the Pacific

South-South Cooperation for Enhancing Science, Engineering and Technology Standards in Asia and the Pacific

Responding to the needs for interdisciplinary expertise in areas of applied sciences as well as strengthening learning in the basic sciences, the project is implemented within the science and engineering human resource developmental and research institutions addressing both traditional, formal ways of teaching and learning science and technology. The modular curricula will be on varying levels and topics and adapted to a virtual (e‐learning) mode of delivery. Specifically, the project is implemented under three components:

Component 1:
Meta-knowledge platform in making available tools and resources for engineering, science and technology human resource development for sustainable development

The regional and international workshops were organized to raise the standard of engineering qualifications to international standards in universities and institutions of tertiary education in association with the engineering bodies through south-south cooperation. This component involves regional stakeholders from diverse backgrounds with government agencies and units, industries, academia and research institutes.

Component 2:
Modular curricula that could be adopted by professional bodies and universities for certified training of professionals

UNESCO has developed a roadmap on engineering qualification standardization in Asia and the Pacific. The Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) Engineering Education Guidelines are being updated jointly though this project.

Component 3:
Mapping of UNESCO centres and chairs for establishing south-south learning alliances

The component is for mapping and networking of UNESCO’s Natural Sciences related Category 2 Centres and Chairs in Asia-Pacific region, linking with Africa on issues related to the post-2015 development agenda.

Key Activities

The main achievements from the project can be summarised as follows:

A meta-knowledge platform in making available tools and resources for engineering, science and technology human resource development for sustainable development through Connect-Asia

A dedicated page providing information about the different engineering institutions involved in the project has been developed under the mucp-mfit website.

Modular curricula that could be adopted by professional bodies and universities for certified training of professionals

     

      • UNESCO had identified pilot countries to standardize engineering qualification including Myanmar, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Timor-Leste in Asia and the Pacific region and Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania in Africa.

      • A modular curricular was developed. This has raised interests from various countries to join the FEIAP accreditation system (i.e. Tajikistan, Nigeria). While, Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) became the 1st economy in the Asia Pacific region under the FEIAP Accreditation System.

      • A number of workshops were conducted including in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tajikistan between 2015 and 2017. UNESCO also recently co-hosted a Regional workshop on “South-South Cooperation for Strengthening Engineering Standards and Mobility of Professionals” to support the Engineering Qualification, Standardization guidelines of FEIAP and Promotion of South-South Cooperation for Future Sustainable Asia and the Pacific region. Over 60 participants from Azerbaijan, China, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste and United Kingdom attended this workshop.

      • As a follow-up to the Regional Workshop, UNESCO and the Institute of Engineers Indonesia (PII) organized a National Workshop on Professional Engineering Standard Review and its implication to Accreditation and Qualification in accordance with Indonesian Engineering Act No 11/2014 on 27 March 2018 in Jakarta. A total of 70 participants (10% women) comprising of members of PII representing different discipline of the engineering chapters, quality assurance body, engineering service council, professional certification body, accreditation body and PII Board of Executive attended the workshop. Recommendations from the workshop will be submitted officially to the Indonesian Engineering Council (Dewan Insinyur Indonesia) and the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education.

      • While the National Engineering Workshop on Timor-Leste’s Strategic Plan toward FEIAP Engineering Standardizations, Accreditation and Qualification was held in Dili, Timor-Leste from 26 to 27 March 2018. The workshop gathered 115 participants on the 1st day and 85 participants on the 2nd day. Some key highlights from the discussions, amongst others, were internship, mobility of engineers, accreditation and standardization.

      • Prior to that UNESCO, FEIAP and ISTIC jointly organize the Workshop on Accreditation of Engineering Education Qualification to International Standards and Mobility of Engineers and Technologists in Asia and the Pacific” on 27 May 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It brought together 35 key international experts (of which nine were women) from Institution of Engineers, Papua New Guinea (IEPNG); Myanmar Engineering Society (MES); PEC; the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES); China Association of Science of Technology (CAST); Engineers Australia (EA); Institution of Engineers, Mauritius (IEM); Institution of Engineers, India (IEI); Nigeria Engineers Society; Institution of Engineers Bangladesh; FEIAP; Institution of Engineers Indonesia (PII); Philippines Technological Council (PTC); Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT); Institution of Engineers, Fiji; the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE); Engineers Registration Board, Tanzania and a number of universities and academic engineering institutions from Malaysia.

    Mapping of UNESCO Centres and Chairs for establishing South-South alliances

       

        • In order to enhance technical capacity of UNESCO science related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific region, UNESCO and its partners organized a UNESCO Natural Science related Centres and Chairs Regional Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 26 to 27 May 2015, bringing together representatives from UNESCO Natural Science related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific and Africa.

        • As a follow-up to the above initiative, UNESCO co-organized with River Engineering and Urban Drainage Research Centre (REDAC), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) a Regional Workshop of UNESCO Natural Sciences related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific, Strengthening Interaction and Knowledge Exchange between UNESCO Natural Sciences related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific to promote South-South Cooperation in Penang, Malaysia from 29-30 November 2017. The aim was to strengthen South-South cooperation between Natural Sciences Category-2 Centres and Chairs in the Asia-Pacific region as well as other region bringing together around 60 participants, including international scientists as well as NATCOMs from the Asia Pacific and African region.

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