Agree­ment reached on pro­posed changes to en­gi­neer­ing war­rant

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Fol­low­ing last week’s Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­eral Meet­ing, 137 UESA mem­bers have unan­i­mously agreed on a num­ber of pro­pos­als re­lated to the an­nounced changes to the en­gi­neer­ing war­rant. These points will be dis­cussed and put for­ward in the com­ing days dur­ing meet­ings with the Cham­ber of En­gi­neers, the Min­is­ter for Trans­port, In­fra­struc­ture and Cap­i­tal Projects, the En­gi­neer­ing Board, the Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing and other con­cerned par­ties.

The fol­low­ing were dis­cussed and agreed upon dur­ing the EGM:

• Cur­rently there is a lack of trans­parency as to what the con­tent of the course of­fered by MCAST is;

• Both en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Malta and UESA, as the of­fi­cial stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive body, have not been con­sulted on the up­com­ing changes to the En­gi­neer­ing Pro­fes­sion Act;

• The min­istries in­tend to amend the En­gi­neer­ing Pro­fes­sion Act to sat­isfy the de­mands of MCAST en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ates and stu­dents, how­ever they have failed to lis­ten to Univer­sity of Malta en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ates and stu­dents who are to date le­git­i­mate stake­hold­ers in the en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion;

• Go­ing for­ward, we be­lieve that any amend­ments should be dis­cussed with all stake­hold­ers in­volved, par­tic­u­larly stu­dents who are fu­ture pro­fes­sion­als;

• To date, there is lit­tle clar­ity as to who will ac­credit the abridge­ment course which will al­low MCAST en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ates to sit for the En­gi­neer­ing War­rant in­ter­view. The com­plete res­o­lu­tion agreed upon dur­ing the Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­eral Meet­ing will be pub­lished fol­low­ing the dis­cus­sions with the stake­hold­ers.

On an­other note, UESA would like to ex­press its dis­ap­point­ment to­wards the com­ments put for­ward by the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment Evarist Bar­tolo to­wards en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Malta. These com­ments do not au­gur well for an en­vi­ron­ment of con­struc­tive di­a­logue.

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