Ac­cred­i­ta­tion is en­dorse­ment of qual­ity

Australasian Timber - - LEARNING -

The Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia’s ar­chi­tec­ture pro­gram has be­come the third in Aus­tralia to be ac­cred­ited by the Lem­baga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM), or the Board of Ar­chi­tects Malaysia.

Grad­u­ates of the univer­sity’s ar­chi­tec­ture pro­gram will now be el­i­gi­ble to reg­is­ter as grad­u­ate ar­chi­tects with LAM with­out hav­ing to pass fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion.

Head of the school of ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign Pro­fes­sor Kirsten Orr said in a state­ment that the ac­cred­i­ta­tion was an en­dorse­ment of the qual­ity of the Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia’s ar­chi­tec­ture pro­gram.

“I am de­lighted with this out­come and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to pro­duce many more highly skilled, highly qual­i­fied Malaysian ar­chi­tec­ture grad­u­ates in the fu­ture,” Pro­fes­sor

Orr said.

“The ac­cred­i­ta­tion process was in­ten­sive and ex­haus­tive and it re­vealed the strength of our pro­gram, the ex­cel­lence of our staff and the qual­ity of the work pro­duced by our stu­dents.”

Pre­vi­ously, all ar­chi­tec­ture pro­grams in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the United King­dom were au­to­mat­i­cally rec­og­nized by LAM, which was dis­con­tin­ued af­ter a meet­ing of the board in Novem­ber 2014. But as of 1 Jan­uary 2017, only pro­grams that have been vis­ited, val­i­dated and rec­og­nized by LAM can be ac­cred­ited.

LAM ac­cred­ited Monash Univer­sity in Septem­ber 2015 and Deakin Univer­sity in Au­gust 2016. Twelve uni­ver­si­ties in the UK.

“Malaysia has tra­di­tion­ally made up a large part of our in­ter­na­tional stu­dent co­hort and we have a strong net­work of alumni that cov­ers the whole coun­try,” Orr said.

The Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia’s ar­chi­tec­ture pro­gram con­sists of a three year Bach­e­lor of Ar­chi­tec­ture and Built En­vi­ron­ments fol­lowed by a two year Mas­ter of Ar­chi­tec­ture.

The vis­it­ing ac­cred­i­ta­tion panel was chaired by LAM Pres­i­dent A.R. Dato Sri Dr Amir Hamza Mo­hamad Yunus.

The univer­sity also has in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion un­der the Can­berra

Ac­cord, as are all 18 Aus­tralian uni­ver­si­ties rec­og­nized by the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects. Op­er­a­tional since Jan­uary 2010, the Can­berra Ac­cord rec­og­nizes the qual­ity of ar­chi­tec­tural ed­u­ca­tion in Aus­tralia, Canada, China, South Korea, Mex­ico, the USA and in cour­ses rec­og­nized by the Com­mon­wealth As­so­ci­a­tion of Ar­chi­tec­ture as be­ing “sub­stan­tially equiv­a­lent.”

This ac­cord was signed with the in­ten­tion to fa­cil­i­tate the porta­bil­ity of sim­i­lar ed­u­ca­tional cre­den­tials, and makes it eas­ier for grad­u­ates of Aus­tralian uni­ver­si­ties to re­ceive ac­cred­i­ta­tion in those coun­tries.

Aus­tralia and Malaysia signed a free trade agree­ment in 2012, un­der which Malaysia “re­moved the re­quire­ment Aus­tralian ar­chi­tects to com­plete a qual­i­fy­ing ex­am­i­na­tion.”

School of Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign, UTAS by Six De­grees Ar­chi­tects and SBE. Im­age: Pa­trick Ro­driguez

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