COREN is now in the process of becoming a provisional signatory to the Washington Accord (WA), which grants job privileges to recognized Nigerian graduates of engineering.
Engineers from signatory countries – Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Malaysia, India, Germany, Russia, and Sri Lanka – are hired without further examination under the pact.
Ali Rabiu, President of COREN, announced this during a Train-the-Trainers Workshop on Outcome-Based Engineering Education (OBE) for delegates from Nigerian universities in the North-Central zone.
“We aim to fulfill our responsibility of regulating engineering practice in all its manifestations in order to bring it up to worldwide standards and to grow engineering programs in Nigerian universities,” he stated.
Rabiu stated that COREN intends to strengthen the accreditation system and facilitate the process of local and worldwide recognition of engineering degrees earned at Nigeria’s higher educational institutions.
The following stage, he explained, is to assemble a critical mass of knowledgeable and experienced individuals in OBE, as well as mentees of the OBE learning environment, who will pioneer and champion capacity development for the various strata of engineering professionals involved in training, practicing, and regulation (now referred to as University-based OBE implementers).
“The objective is to equip participants to acquire knowledge and skills in OBE and to train others in the concepts and practices of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) in Nigerian universities,” he explained.
Prof. J. A. Enokela, Dean, College of Engineering, Joseph Tarka University, Makurdi, expressed gratitude to COREN for making the workshop a reality, noting that the training is one of the best things that would happen in Nigeria’s drive to revolutionize the profession.