Ministry Of Education and Higher Education

Directorate General of Higher Education

 

Lebanese Engineering Programs Accreditation Commission (LEPAC)

A Project Sponsored by the European Commission

Education and Culture Tempus Program

SM_SCM-M003A06-2006 (LB)

April 2008

Documents

Part I – gives a brief description of the project, Overview of the project, Project plan, Activities & Outcomes

Part II – presents LABE: Mission, Vision, Responsibilities, composition, Accreditation Policy & procedures, Accreditation Criteria

Part III – presents a Self-Study Report Template


Abstract

The engineering students in Lebanon are earning their degrees through different Engineering Programs in the increasing number of Lebanese universities. Consequently, it is important that these programs as well as the way they are delivered are monitored as to their intrinsic quality, their compatibility with international standards and their response to National needs. Quality Higher Education in Lebanon was always an attraction for neighboring countries and it is in the national interest to foster this position in agreement with the National, Regional, and International development. For that objective, the “Lebanese Engineering Programs Accreditation Commission – LEPAC” was proposed.

The project LEPAC, financed by the EU Commission under TEMPUS program, aims at putting in place an accreditation system for engineering education in Lebanon. This system should be based on the International Standards and Procedures such as ABET and EUR-ACE.

LEPAC, a consortium of Lebanese and European Private and Public Institutions concerning engineering education, is official inauguration was January 2007 with an opening ceremony under the auspices of the Minister of Education and Higher Education. Ministry Officials, Presidents of the Order of Engineers, the EU TEMPUS representative in Lebanon, the Lebanese and European Project Partners, University Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Deans, and Professors were present. This ceremony was held in the premises of the UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut.

 LEPAC is to periodically assess engineering programs offered at universities operating in Lebanon and accredit those programs that meet established standards to ensure highest quality of engineering education. LEPAC major responsibilities are:

  1. Define accreditation goals and objectives and processes for assessing them.
  2. Assess engineering programs in the context of the specific program objectives and outcomes.
  3. Provide feedback to institutions for improvement.
  4. Renders accreditation decisions.
  5. Identify to all stakeholders the programs that meet the set of standards and criteria.
  6. Publish accreditation decision to constituencies.
  7. Set, assess, and maintain policies and procedures.
  8. Develop, assess, and maintain programs’ criteria.
  9. Form standing committees to manage details of all aspects of accreditation process.
  10. Maintain the integrity of the accreditation process (team formation, timelines, etc.).
  11. Act as liaison between institutions, government, and public.
  12. Advise the Ministry of Higher Education on licensing new programs.