Indonesian Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (IABEE) is an independent, non-profit organization founded as an autonomous part of the Institution of Engineers Indonesia (PII), to develop and foster quality culture in the management of engineering higher education. This is achieved by assurance that the Study Programs (or referred as Programs henceforth) are operated in compliance to minimum standards, and by encouraging continuous quality improvement in engineering higher education institutions.
IABEE is recognized in Indonesia by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (MoRTHE) as an institution responsible for the accreditation of Programs that grant academic degrees in engineering disciplines. Program accreditation by IABEE applies substantially equivalent and internationally recognized accreditation criteria. It is voluntary and optional for undergraduate (bachelor-level) programs that have been accredited nationally at a certain (i.e. the highest) rank. In the context of Indonesia, accreditation of a program at national level is compulsory and directly related to its legal status, registration in the Higher Education Database (PDDIKTI) maintained by the MoRTHE, and to its operational permit as required by law. National accreditation is currently conducted by National Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (BAN-PT). In this regards, IABEE accreditation complements the national accreditation by providing an excellent tool and opportunity for high quality programs to seek international recognition.
Since its early phase of development, IABEE has been projected to join the Washington Accord (WA), which is a multilateral agreement among institutions in charge of engineering higher education accreditation that worked together to help the mobility of engineering practitioners. To date, WA has 20 member countries as signatories and 8 as provisional signatories. June 12, 2019 saw a historical milestone of IABEE’s jurney. During the Washington Accord (WA) Closed Session meeting conducted in the occasion of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) Annual Meeting in Hong Kong, IABEE was unanimously accepted as WA Provisional Signatory Member. Nomination letters of IABEE for WA provisional status was provided by JABEE and ABET. As soon as the provisional status was granted, IABEE expressed its intention to become WA signatory member in 2021.
IABEE also participated in Seoul Accord meeting, which was also held during the 2019 IEA Meeting. Seoul Accord is a multilateral agreement similar to WA for accreditation at international level of computing programs. During the meeting, IABEE expressed its wish to join the accord as soon as possible, after WA signatory status has been achieved.
Having accepted as provisional signatory member, IABEE operations in Indonesia as its jurisdiction started to get international recognition. Although the substantial equivalent recognition for programs and graduates of programs accredited by IABEE could only be granted by the Washington Accord in 2020 the soonest (given IABEE signatory status is granted in 2021), some WA member countries have recognized the value of IABEE accreditation to Indonesian engineering programs. Right after the provisional status was granted, IABEE tied a common understanding with JABEE and ABET. JABEE and ABET understand that it is the right of an institution to seek accreditation for its programs from any accreditation board. However, both agencies also understand the value of IABEE accreditation, which is the best for Indonesian engineering programs. Therefore, both are in agreement that any new application from Indonesian engineering programs seeking for accreditation to JABEE and ABET would be directed to IABEE.