It was revealed this Monday that the Engineering Board had determined unanimously on the quantity of credit allotted to the Pre-Warrant Qualification Course that was to be launched and made obligatory for MCAST Engineering college students, no matter talks that have been held with the Chamber of Engineers [CoE].
In a press launch issued by the CoE they defined how a lot of conferences had been held with the Engineering Board from which the next conclusions have been drawn:
- The previous MCAST graduates ought to bridge any deficiencies by means of focused bridging research comprised of 60 ECTS credit at stage 6 with examination based mostly evaluation. These bridging research ought to be reviewed by exterior reviewers
- The brand new MCAST programs ought to have 240 ECTS credit at stage 6 once more based mostly totally on examination evaluation in addition to being reviewed yearly by exterior reviewers
No matter these agreements, the Engineering Board knowledgeable the CoE that the pre-warrant course can be solely of 30 ECTS credit Degree 6. This meant that MCAST Engineering college students would solely be doing a complete of 150 ECTS credit at stage 6 fairly than a full 240 ECTS credit that was required by legislation to get a warrant and that College college students have been doing.
This was a continuation from final yr’s controversy which broke out as a result of MCAST college students have been going to be given warrants whatever the discrepancy between the UM and MCAST programs. While the UM course is of 240 ECTS MQF Degree 6, the MCAST course consisted of 120 ECTS MQF Degree 5 (first and second yr) and one other 120 ECTS MQF Degree 6 (third and fourth yr).
Following talks between KSU, UESA, the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Tasks and the Engineering Board in September 2018 it was agreed upon that the underlying precept behind this technique of introducing a Pre-Warrant Qualification Course should stay “one occupation, one normal”. Because of this UESA and KSU are in settlement that shifting ahead these programs ought to be made equal by any means and never have half the supposed course substituted by 30 ECTS.
When contacted by The Third Eye, Matthew Xuereb, outgoing UESA President [who is in office till the end of May] gave his assertion in mild of how the state of affairs is growing:
UESA believes that any resolution associated to this concern should be realised in a spirit of transparency such that the pursuits of our members are safeguarded.
Having stated this, we sit up for additional dialogue with the hope of resolving such a delicate concern. Within the meantime UESA is contemplating all choices accessible to safeguard the pursuits of Engineering college students on the College of Malta.
Each KSU and UESA have revealed press releases to voice their considerations as to how this settlement was disregarded with none additional session with the stakeholders concerned.
UESA have requested for an instantaneous revision of the at the moment ongoing Pre-Warrant Qualification Course “in order to make sure that college students who full this course are in possession of such diploma of the College of Malta or an equal tutorial qualification as stipulated within the Engineering Career Act.”
The shortage of transparency, session and the refusal by the related authorities to acknowledge and deal with the intense considerations of scholars, graduates and warrant-holders alike dangers damaging society’s belief within the engineering occupation.
UESA, College Engineering College students Affiliation
UESA continued to emphasize how this lack of transparency is more and more prevalent contemplating that MCAST has apparently additionally avoided publishing any particulars concerning the bridging research course, with no point out of such course in its annual prospectus.
KSU echoed UESA’s laments and each said that wanting ahead they’re actively contemplating all choices accessible to safeguard the pursuits of our members.
The Chamber of Engineers concluded that an EGM shall be held within the coming days to make it possible to everybody to specific their views on the way in which ahead from right here.