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IChemE gets Spanish recognition

23 July 2009

IChemE has been awarded the Valladolid University Chemical Engineering Medal in recognition of the Institution’s role in academic and professional performance.
The Spanish university’s chemical engineering course is accredited by IChemE and Justin Blades, IChemE director of regional networks and membership support said he anticipates further accreditation interest in the country: “Valladolid University has reaped the rewards of becoming the first IChemE accredited course in Spain.

“Our accreditation has helped the University become part of the Erasmus student exchange programme, bringing undergraduates from all over the world to Valladolid and giving Spanish students the opportunity to experience chemical engineering education internationally. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Valladolid University, as well as establishing links with other suitable Spanish universities,” said Blades.

Blades was presented with the Valladolid Medal by Valladolid University’s coordinator of chemical engineering studies, Professor Maria Jose Cocero Alonso and head of department, Professor Garcia Pedro, in June. Previous medal winners include senior figures from Spanish government, academia and industry.

“This year the chemical engineering department would like to recognise the work of IChemE in improving the quality of chemical engineering education,” said Alonso.

“The IChemE accreditation has facilitated the Erasmus agreement with other accredited universities in Europe. These agreements have given our students the chance to study at well-known universities and work with international companies,” Alonso added.

In November, IChemE and Vallodolid University will jointly stage an accreditation and membership workshop in Spain.

IChemE accredits more than 60 courses in 16 countries. Earlier this year IChemE accredited the BA Engineering course at Tianjin University, China, marking the first international accreditation of an undergraduate course in the country.

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