The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has accredited the BSc and MSc Marine Engineering courses at Harbin Engineering University (HEU), which is listed in the top 10 universities at which to read engineering.
These courses, delivered by its College of Power and Energy Engineering, were first accredited in 2013 and were reassessed to certify that they have maintained the high standards required. Both programmes were seen to be of high quality and standards, with a good combination of classroom teaching and practical sessions. Students performed very well in written assessments demonstrating both their effort and enthusiasm for their studies. Access to broad-based experimental facilities provides them with opportunities to specialise and good relations with other universities worldwide offers them exposure to other cultures and practices, ultimately preparing them for working life. HEU also has strong relationships with a variety of industry organisations, allowing it to enhance the relevance of its programmes to industry and to give students work experience before they graduate.
The IMarEST accreditation panel particularly praised the College for showing adaptability and responsiveness to change as evidenced by a smooth transition from on-campus to digital learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘IMarEST is the largest professional body for marine engineers in the world – its accreditation will help our programmes to be more widely recognised at the international level. In addition, the IMarEST network which consists of other marine and maritime institutes and industry players globally offers HEU students and faculty invaluable opportunities for learning and networking.’ Professor DU Jingtao, Deputy Dean (Teaching), Head of Major (Marine Engineering), Harbin Engineering University.
The two degree programmes are listed as National Key Disciplines (国家重点学科), recognised as important areas of study and supported by the central government. HEU is supervised and funded by a number of central and local governmental units and has a total of 18 colleges, two services departments, and one training centre. There are around 3,200 teaching staff and 30,000 students. The College of Power and Energy Engineering itself has around 120 faculty members and 1,500 students.
The latest average employment rate for graduates of the courses is 94.28%. Graduates will usually work in China for classification societies, shipbuilding companies, research institutes, and colleges and universities.
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