International Engineering Agreement

The Institution is a signatory to the following international engineering agreements:

Washington Accord

The Washington Accord commenced in 1989. It recognises substantial equivalence in the accreditation of academic qualifications in professional engineering. The engineering degrees accredited by the HKIE are recognised by other signatories, and vice versa. Full Signatories to the Washington Accord include Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Sydney Accord

The Sydney Accord commenced in 2001. It recognises substantial equivalence in the accreditation of academic qualifications in engineering technology. The higher diplomas and associate degrees accredited by the HKIE are recognised by other signatories, and vice versa. Full Signatories to the Sydney Accord include Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, Ireland, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA)

The IPEA (formerly known as Engineers Mobility Forum, EMF which commenced in 2001) establishes an international standard of competence for professional engineering and provides a framework for the recognition of experienced professional engineers by representative organisations in the signatory jurisdictions. Each representative organisation is authorised to establish a register for those engineers wishing to be recognised as meeting the generic international standard. Full Members of IPEA include Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and the United States.

APEC Engineer

The APEC Engineer framework was established between the representative organisations of the participating Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies under support of the Government in 1999. It operates in a similar protocol as the IPEA. Member economies include Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

International Engineering Technologist Agreement (IETA)

The IETA (formerly known as Engineering Technologists Mobility Forum, ETMF which was signed in 2003) provides a framework for the recognition of experienced engineering technologists by representative organisations in the signatory jurisdictions. Each representative organisation establishes a register for those engineering technologists wishing to be recognised as meeting the generic international standard. Full Members of the IETA include Australia, Canada, Hong Kong-China, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Seoul Accord

The Seoul Accord commenced in 2008. It recognises substantial equivalence in the accreditation of academic qualifications in Computing and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-related education. Hong Kong-China joined as a Full Signatory to the Seoul Accord in June 2009 and following that, the computer science degrees accredited by the HKIE would be recognised by other signatories, and vice versa. Other Full Signatories to the Seoul Accord include Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For details of the Washington Accord, Sydney Accord, IPEA, APEC Engineer and IETA, please visit the website http://www.ieagreements.org/. For the Seoul Accord, please visit the website http://www.seoulaccord.org/.
 


International Registers

 

The Institution has launched the following International Registers under the IPEA, APEC Engineer and IETA agreements:

 


International Engineering Alliance (IEA)

 

The International Engineering Alliance was jointly formed by the six international engineering agreements, namely Washington Accord, Sydney Accord, Dublin Accord, IPEA, APEC Engineer and IETA, in strengthening the mutual recognition work of academic qualifications and professional competence of the engineering profession globally. The Agreement for International Engineering Technicians (AIET) joined the IEA family following its signing in 2015.

 

The seven international engineering agreements hold the International Engineering Alliance Meetings (IEAM) biennially to review policies and procedures, consider applications for membership and discuss other issues pertaining to engineering education and qualification development. Between the biennial meetings, IEA Workshops and Interim/Midterm Meetings would also be organised. Starting from 2018, the IEAM will be held annually.

 

IEAM 2018

 

The IEAM 2018 was held on 24 - 29 June 2018 in London, United Kingdom. A delegation consisting of Ir Thomas CHAN, the Immediate Past President; Ir Peter WONG, Chairman of the Accreditation Board; Mrs Monica YUEN, Chief Executive and Secretary and Dr Jenny TANG, Senior Manager – Professional Standards attended the meetings.

 

The following are some highlights of the meeting outcomes:

    • Washington Accord 
      Peru was successfully admitted as a Full Signatory to the Washington Accord while Chile was admitted as a Provisional Signatory. In addition, Japan, Russia and Singapore were successfully verified as a Full Signatory for another six years while the Full Signatory status of United Kingdom was extended for two years.

    • Sydney Accord 
      Malaysia was admitted as a Full Signatory to the Sydney Accord while Korea was successfully verified as a Full Signatory for another six years.

    • IPEA
      Pakistan was admitted as an Authorised Member of the IPEA. In addition, Chinese Taipei, India and the United States were successfully verified for the next term of six years as Authorised Members of IPEA while the Authorised Membership of Singapore was extended for two years.

    • APEC Engineer
      Peru was admitted as an Authorised Member of the APEC Engineer. In addition, Chinese Taipei and the United States were successfully verified for the next term of six years as Authorised Members of APEC Engineer while the Authorised Membership of Singapore and Thailand were extended for two years.
  • IETA
    Australia was admitted as an Authorised Member of the IETA. In addition, Canada, Hong Kong China, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa were successfully verified for the next term of six years as Authorised Members of IETA.

 

Meetings were also held to review the Rules and Procedures of the educational accords and Constitutions of the competence agreements. Agendas of meetings also covered, amongst others, experience sharing on programme accreditation, fundamental base for recognition of accredited programmes and recognition of national registers under the competence agreements.

 

The IEAM 2019 will be held on 9-14 June 2019 in Hong Kong, China.

 

Seoul Accord Midterm Meeting 2018

 

Immediately before the IEAM 2018, the Seoul Accord Midterm Meeting 2018 was held on 23 - 24 June 2018 in Cambridge, United Kingdom.  Ir Dr Chan Chun-leung, Chairman of the Accreditation Committee for Computer Science Programmes and Dr Jenny Tang represented the Institution to attend the meeting.

 

At the meeting, Sri Lanka was admitted as a Provisional Signatory to the Seoul Accord while Hong Kong, China was successfully verified as a Full Signatory for another six years.

 

Meetings were also held on topics such as recognition of Masters, technology and technician programmes under the Seoul Accord, and further collaboration with the International Engineering Alliance.

 

The next Seoul Accord meeting will be held on 13-14 June 2019 in Hong Kong, China.