Indonesian Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (IABEE) is an institution of higher education accreditation for engineering study programs. This accreditation agency is intended for becoming a signatory of the Washington Accord (WA), which is a multilateral agreement among the institutions in charge of engineering higher education accreditation that work together to help the mobility of engineering practitioners.
IABEE was declared on November 19, 2015, after being initiated by DIKTI in November 2013 with the establishment of the IABEE’s Steering Committee. In the preparation stage, IABEE has been obtaining technical assistance from JABEE under a JICA Technical Cooperation project. One of the project goals is that IABEE will apply for the WA provisional membership in 2019. The Steering Committee then formed a Criteria Committee (CC) whose members consisted of academics from leading universities, professional organizations and industry practitioners.
Around 50 key IABEE personnel have been trained on accreditation evaluation processes in Japan and the United States. The evaluators then follow a series of training provided by IABEE aimed at providing an understanding of the IABEE accreditation evaluation system, particularly on accreditation criteria, rule and procedure, evaluator ethics, and evaluation judgment in order to conduct a good evaluation.
By the end of 2016, IABEE has started conducting two pilot projects of General Accreditation. After making some improvements to the system based on the feedback from previous accreditations, in 2017 IABEE has accredited six programs under the Provisional Accreditation category and three programs under the General Accreditation category. Some programs have been in the pipeline for accreditation this year for both Provisional and General Accreditation, so that by 2019 when IABEE submits applications for WA provisional membership, 25 targeted accredited programs can be achieved.
The Washington Accord requires that an accrediting agency has legal entity, autonomous and independent of the government. Therefore, a Memorandum of Understanding has been made between IABEE, DIKTI, and the Institution of Engineers Indonesia (PII) which agreed that IABEE became an autonomous institution under PII. The existence of IABEE ̶ which plays an important role in improving the quality of engineering education ̶ in the organization of PII is deemed appropriate and in line with the strategic role of PII in ensuring the quality of service engineers, as mandated by Law No. 11/2014 on Engineering.