U.S. Embassy collaborates with University of Guyana for International Accreditation

In line with the U.S. commitment toward Guyana’s governance and prosperity, the U.S. Embassy in Guyana hosted a webinar on the topic of international accreditation for the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) at the University of Guyana. In a virtual seminar held on June 3, Ambassador Sarah Ann Lynch opened the webinar that included UG Chancellor Prof. Edward Greene, Chair of UG Transitional Management Committee Prof. Paloma Mohammed-Martin, President of Exxon Mobil Guyana Rod Henson, Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Dr. Vincent Adams, President of the Guyana Association of Professional Engineers Mr. Stuart Hughes, and students and faculty from UG.

Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) is an internationally recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. Accreditation is a peer-review process that certifies the quality of the postsecondary education and provides assurance that programs meet top-tier global quality standards for engineering. Educational institutions or programs with ABET certification also undergo periodic reviews to ensure that established criteria are being met.

U.S. Fulbright Scholar Prof. Norman Monroe has been working with members of the FET on the accreditation process, which normally takes about 19 months.

“Achieving ABET accreditation for UG’s engineering programs will increase opportunities for international employment, advancement and prosperity for graduates and allow Guyana to unlock the opportunities provided by the oil industry. There is only one institution with an ABET accredited program in the Caribbean and I look forward to UG becoming the second.” said Ambassador Lynch.