GTU English-language undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering has received international ABET accreditation

GTU English-language undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering has received international ABET accreditation

 

GTU English-language undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering has received international ABET accreditation

11-10-2023
GTU English-language undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering has received international ABET accreditation


The English-language undergraduate educational program – “Biomedical Engineering” of the Faculty of Informatics and Management Systems of the Georgian Technical University, for the first time in the history of the university, received international accreditation by the American Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Based on ABET accreditation, graduates of Georgian Technical University’s English-language undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering will be awarded an internationally recognized diploma that will be as competitive in any country as international diplomas issued by leading universities in America, Europe, or Asia.

According to the rector of the Georgian Technical University, academician Davit Gurgenidze, obtaining ABET accreditation, from the point of view of internationalization of teaching and research, as well as the development of educational programs in the STEM direction, is an extremely important event for the university, its scientific-academic circles and, above all, for students. As Davit Gurgenidze pointed out, studying at an ABET-accredited educational program and accordingly, receiving an internationally recognized diploma will bring multifaceted success to young people, both in the scientific arena and for decent employment.

“In the conditions of rapid technological progress and globalization, obtaining ABET accreditation is a great success for the Georgian Technical University, which will be a turning point in the direction of internationalization of teaching and research. First, I would like to congratulate the students, our Faculty of Informatics and Management Systems, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and our university community. By obtaining ABET accreditation, the effort, long-term, and hard work of our colleagues, and the entire university, were properly appreciated. For the first time in the history of the university, our undergraduate educational program has gained ABET accreditation, which will help the university and its students to successfully implement educational and research processes, and expand international collaboration. We want to thank the Government of Georgia, personally the Prime Minister, Mr. Irakli Garibashvili, the Minister of Education and Science, Mr. Giorgi Amilakhvari, his predecessor - Mr. Mikheil Chkhenkeli, the entire worthy team of the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as the State Program – “Study in Georgia” and its leaders. For many years of partnership, we thank the United States government, the staff of the US Embassy in Georgia, our American colleagues - San Diego State University, its president, Professor Adela de la Torre, San Diego State University-Georgia and its dean, Professor Halil Guven, “Millennium Challenge Fund – Georgia”, which has been successfully implementing projects in our country since 2014 in the direction of internationalization of higher education and supports us in every way in the effective development and implementation of international standard undergraduate programs in STEM fields. We hope that cooperation will continue even more actively because different faculties of the Georgian Technical University are preparing five more bachelor’s programs to obtain ABET accreditation. We hope that with the efforts of their leaders and our academic staff, all five programs will deservedly gain international accreditation. All these processes will strengthen the positions of the Georgian Technical University as one of the country’s leading higher education institutions and will increase the opportunities for our young people to receive an international quality education and an international diploma, thus their future will be guaranteed to be better”, says GTU Rector Davit Gurgenidze.

As the dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Management Systems (IMS) of GTU, Professor Tamar Lominadze noted the fact that according to ABET accreditation, the diplomas are internationally recognized not only for the future graduates of the English-language undergraduate program of Biomedical Engineering but also for those who graduated the mentioned program in 2021, 2022, and also in 2023.

According to Irine Gotsiridze, the head of the English-language undergraduate program of Biomedical Engineering at GTU, the professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the Faculty of IMS, the head of the University Center for International Accreditation, the process of obtaining ABET accreditation is actively continuing at the Georgian Technical University. As Irine Gotsiridze informed, the following Georgian-language and English-language undergraduate programs are being prepared at the same time to obtain ABET accreditation: “Civil Engineering” of the Faculty of Construction, “Electrical and Electronic Engineering” of the Faculty of Energy, “Computer Engineering” and “Computer Sciences” of the Faculty of Informatics and Management Systems, and also the Georgian-language undergraduate program of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering.

The American Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is the world’s leading international organization responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and certifying the quality of education in engineering, engineering technology, applied, natural, and computer sciences. More than 175,000 students graduate from ABET-accredited programs worldwide each year, including at such leading universities as California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University University) and etc.

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