Are Private Degrees Recognized in Singapore?

Edited on 3 October 2016: CPE’s name was changed from Council for Private Education to Committee for Private Education.

International agreements deem that degrees awarded by other government-owned institutions are recognized by other governments who have signed the agreement. An example of this is the Washington Accord for Engineering programmes and the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills. Degrees awarded by Singapore Universities and UK Universities are mutually recognized.

Washington Accord

Established in 1989, the Washington Accord is an international accreditation agreement for professional engineering academic degrees, between the bodies responsible for accreditation in its signatory countries. The agreement covers undergraduate engineering courses. As of 2016, the signatories includes (in alphabetical order) Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Below are the signatory countries along with their accrediting representatives:

Australia – Represented by Engineers Australia (1989)

Canada – Represented by Engineers Canada (1989)

Hong Kong China – Represented by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (1995)

India – Represented by National Board of Accreditation (2014)

Ireland – Represented by Engineers Ireland (1989)

Japan – Represented by Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (2005)

Korea – Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (2007)

Malaysia – Represented by Board of Engineers Malaysia (2009)

New Zealand – Represented by Institution of Professional Engineers NZ (1989)

Russia – Represented by Association for Engineering Education of Russia (2012)

Singapore – Represented by Institution of Engineers Singapore (2006)

South Africa – Represented by Engineering Council of South Africa (1999)

Sri Lanka – Represented by Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (2014)

Taiwan – Represented by Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (2007)

Turkey – Represented by MUDEK (2011)

United Kingdom – Represented by Engineering Council UK (1989)

United States – Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (1989)

The Washington Accord recognizes that programmes accredited by those signatories substantial equivalence, allowing graduates of these accredited programmes to be recognized by any other signatories as having met the academic requirement for entry to the practice of engineering.

As long as your degrees are covered under the Washington Accord, you do not have to worry about your private degree not being recognized in Singapore, or anything where else for a matter of fact.

Established University Partners

The Majority of the private Institute in Singapore ties up with established universities overseas, mainly from the UK, the United States and Australia. In their respective countries, there are accrediting bodies that determine if the university programmes meet the standard of high quality.

For example in the UK, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Accreditation is an internationally recognized benchmark awarded to high-quality programmes that provide an ideal preparation for aspiring professional engineers.  It is recognized around the world as an indicator of quality through the Washington and Sydney accords, governed by the International Engineering Alliance (IEA). With Singapore as a signatory country under the Washington Accord, you can rest assure that the degrees awarded by the university partners are recognized in Singapore.

The Committee of Private Education

Gone were the days when private institutes are known for getting degrees easily. The Committee for Private Education (CPE) is a statutory board sanctioned with legislative power to regulate the private education sector in Singapore. What this means is ALL private institutes in Singapore are now regulated by a Government body to uplift the education standards. So, prospective students can be assured of the quality of the degrees from private degree, assuring that they are recognized in Singapore.

In case you are wondering if employers recognize degrees from private institutes,  check out the list that includes (but not limited to) companies in Singapore that our graduates work in HERE.

For a 4-year EduTrust award holder like Auston Institute, the EduTrust is awarded for having achieved satisfactory to commendable performance in key areas of management and the provision of educational services, hence providing degrees of quality and recognition. Click HERE to find out more about our quality engineering programmes.

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