Al Akhawayn Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Earns ABET Accreditation
Ifrane, October 31, 2011 – Al Akhawayn Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) has recently earned accreditation from the US-based Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The program is the first of its kind to be accredited by ABET in Morocco, and is the fourth to be accredited in Africa, after South Africa and Egypt.
The accreditation of Al Akhawayn’s BSCS is proof that the academic program has met the standards necessary to produce competent graduates equipped with the necessary tools to succeed in the job market as professionals, and capable of leading the way in innovation, emerging technologies, and in the anticipation of welfare and safety for the public.
“ABET accreditation of our BSCS demonstrates the program’s commitment to providing quality education to its students during their time at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. Faculty and staff from the School of Science and Engineering, with support from other University units, worked diligently towards this recent achievement and are today proud to offer Computer Science students an ABET-accredited program that will open up even more opportunities for them in their professional careers,” declared Ahmed Legrouri, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Science and Engineering at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.
This accreditation is yet another achievement of Al Akhawayn University in its continuing efforts to improve the quality of its academic programs and services at both national and international levels. The BSCS is now the third accredited program at Al Akhawayn, following the Language Center (first CEA-accredited center in Africa in 2009) and the Bachelor of Business Administration (first EPAS-accredited program in Morocco and Africa in 2011).
Accreditation, as done by ABET, is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires the institutions to carry out a self study for their academic programs and make them undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluation, which is conducted by teams of volunteer experienced professionals within the different ABET disciplines, focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support. The team of evaluators visits the institution, meets with the University President and the School Dean, and interviews faculty, students, alumni, and employers.
Founded in 1932, ABET is the internationally recognized accrediting body of college and university programs. It provides world leadership in assuring quality and in stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology education. Currently, ABET accredits over 3,100 programs at more than 650 colleges and universities in 23 countries, amongst which 268 programs are offered outside of the United States.