Joint statement between UESA and KSU
Following a joint letter by UESA and KSU to the Engineering Profession Board requesting the publication of the ASIIN reports that audit both MCAST and University of Malta B.Eng (Hons.) courses, we are disappointed that this request has been denied.
During the EGM of 13th September 2018, students currently following the B.Eng (Hons.) course at the University of Malta unequivocally asked for transparency in the process leading to the eventual eligibility of MCAST students to sit for the Engineering Warrant interview. This mandate by students was disregarded by the Engineering Profession Board.
UESA and KSU reiterate that transparency is a necessary safeguard to ensure that all courses uphold the same standard and necessary to enforce the principle of one profession, one standard.
It is worth noting that following talks with University of Malta Rector, Prof. Alfred Vella, the University finds no problem in publishing the ASIIN report for the Faculty of Engineering should the Engineering Profession board ask for the University’s consent.
There is no valid reason as to why these reports cannot be made public especially since a bridging studies course will soon commence for graduated MCAST students. UESA and KSU again insist that both organisations and their members have no problem with MCAST students, or students of any other institution, being eligible to sit for the Engineering Warrant interview however the process leading up to this has to be fair and transparent.
The above does not augur well in instilling a sense of trust in the system, we again appeal to the Board to reconsider its position.