Overview: The Lima Accord effort started in September 2014 as part of the 1st IEEE Region 9 Latin American Accreditation Body Summit, which was held in Lima. The Lima Declaration, which was a signed pledge of the accrediting bodies to work toward the Lima Accord, followed in September 2015. In 2016, representatives from the accrediting bodies did the hard work of drafting the accord, soliciting feedback and culminating in the final Accord which was signed on 6 September 2016 in Lima, Peru. The Accord “Rules and Procedures” are now in development and full implementation is expected by September 2017. The Lima Accord is open to all accrediting agencies and associated organizations in Latin America and Caribbean territories and countries.
Participants and Signatories: The seven signatories of the Lima Accord have joined together for the primary purposes of contributing to the improvement of undergraduate engineering education in Latin America and the Caribbean through the mutual recognition of accredited engineering programs that prepare graduates for professional practice.
- Agencia Acreditadora olegio de Ingenieros de Chile (Chile)
- Agencia de Acreditación de Programas de Ingeniería y de Arquitectura (Costa Rica)
- Caribbean Accreditation Council of Engineering and Technology (CACET)
- Consejo de Acreditación de la Enseñanza de la Ingeniería Superior, A.C. (Mexico)
- Instituto de Calidad y Acreditación de Programas de Computación, Ingeniería y Tecnología (ICACIT - Peru)
- Sistema Nacional de Evaluación, Acreditación y Certificación de la Calidad Educativa (SINEACE - Peru)
- Agencia Centroamericana de Acreditación de Programas de Arquitectura y de Ingeniería (ACAAI - Central America)
Mission and Goals:
The Lima Accord is a multilateral agreement amongst Latin American and Caribbean organizations that are responsible for the accreditation of undergraduate engineering programs within their respective jurisdictions. This affiliation accord is voluntary. Signatories are committed to the development and recognition of good practices in the delivery of engineering programs and have decided to work together so that once their programs obtain accreditation, the substantial equivalence of these programs can be recognized amongst the signatory agencies and thereby enabling the mobility of engineering professionals and the mutual recognition of the engineering qualifications under the current scenario of the globalization of careers.
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