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The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), will be renewing Wits University’s School of Mining Engineering accreditation for another five year cycle, according to Professor Cuthbert Musingwini, Head of School, Wits.

“This accreditation is a reassuring landmark for the school, indicating that our standards are remaining high and even improving,” said Professor Musingwini. “It puts our graduates at an advantage when they enter the workplace , whether locally or globally, and when they wish to study further at other academic institutions elsewhere in the world.”

The Wits accreditation will allow mining graduates to register with ECSA first as candidate engineers, and later in their careers as professional engineers. The accreditation will also mean graduates’ qualifications are recognised internationally by employers and universities in other countries that are signatories to the Washington Accord.

According to Musingwini, the high standards met by the School is a key reason why it is one of the leading mining engineering programmes internationally. He also noted the School remains the largest mining engineering programme in the English-speaking world.

“The visit by ECSA accreditation teams follows an extensive process of self-evaluation, during which we document our activities and progress over the previous five years, and submit to them in advance,” he said. “Their visit is there to scrutinise that we actually do what we say we do, in order to meet the exacting standards demanded by the Washington Accord guidelines,” Musingwini concluded.

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