LONDON, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Civil Engineering at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University has received full accreditation for all its programmes from the Joint Board of Moderators, making it the first Sino-British university in China offering JBM-accredited programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees levels.
All the department's degree programmes, including a newly-launched masters programme, are now accredited until 2018 when reaccreditation will be sought.
The JBM is a formation of the four major UK professional accreditation bodies in the field of civil engineering and is comprised of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers.
"Accreditation from the JBM is proof that our programmes meet the quality standards established by the civil engineering profession," said Dr Chee Seong Chin, head of the Department of Civil Engineering.
For students who choose to study the department's civil engineering and architectural engineering undergraduate programmes, the accreditations means that by the time they graduate they will have partly or fully completed the academic requirements for becoming chartered and incorporated engineers. They will then have fewer further qualifications to gain before achieving these important professional milestones.
"For students wishing to become engineers, completing a JBM-accredited course provides a fast-track route to professional status and ensures the quality of the education they receive," added Dr Chin.
Upon graduation, all XJTLU undergraduate students, including those studying civil engineering programmes, receive two degree certificates, one awarded by the University of Liverpool and one awarded by XJTLU.
The JBM's accreditations cover both the University of Liverpool and the XJTLU-awarded programmes, under the provisions of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
Dr Chin said: "No matter which degree, the University of Liverpool or the XJTLU award, students can be confident that our undergraduate programmes are an excellent foundation from which to progress to becoming chartered and incorporated engineers."
At postgraduate level, the department's MSc Sustainable Construction and the newly-launched MSc Civil Engineering programme have been accredited as 'technical' programmes, covering both current and future students' degrees until 2018.
Founded in 2006, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is the largest international joint venture university in China, a partnership between Xi'an Jiaotong University and the University of Liverpool. Our vision is to become a research-led international university in China and a Chinese university recognised internationally for its unique features.
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