The Master programme “Underground and Civil Engineering” (Head - Prof. A.B. Ponomaryov) of PNRPU Department “Construction operations and geotechnical engineering” obtained a certificate of conformity and certificate of conformity and has obtained an European accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE Master) in Brussel (Belgium) as a European engineering master educational program.
Nowadays it is only one educational civil engineering program in Russia obtained an independent professional international accreditation and corresponding certificate. This certificate confirms that master program “Underground and Civil engineering” responds all EUR-ACE Master standards and criterions for a period of five years till November 2019.
Independent professional accreditation of a Master educational program included three stages:
• From April till February 2014 was carried out educational program self-examination of the PNRPU Department “Construction operations and geotechnical engineering” and as a consequence were prepared reporting instruments in a set of three tomes: master program description, university and department description, subject matter description and professor’s CV. On this stage were worked out questionnaires, extensive questioning including regional authority, employers, postgraduates, professors of accredited educational program, student’s parents and graduates. At all was completed 129 questionnaires consisted of different questions;
• From 19 till 23 February 2014 Accreditation center of Association of engineering education in the Russian Federation in the name of its Director Prof. S.I. Gerasimov carried out a master program consulting and came to decision to admit master program to an international accreditation;
• From 22 till 25 April 2014 four-person commission of Accreditation center of Association of engineering education in the Russian Federation and three O-members of European Network on Accreditation of engineering education (ENAEE) represented by professors from Germany, Ireland and Rumania carried out an master program international audit in presence on the PNRPU Department “Construction operations and geotechnical engineering”.
Special attention was called to the demand of this accredited educational program at the regional level. The Association “Perm Builders”, companies and organizations of construction sector of Perm Region are strategical partners and consumers of accredited master program.
The fact of accreditation obtaining and awarding of European engineering master program status is the evidence of international Recognition of engineering education Excellence at PRNPU allowing to attract foreign students and also allowing graduates of this master program to obtain a conforming to the European education level master diploma.