Consistency of the Program Educational Objectives with the Mission of the Institution

Describe how the program educational objectives are consistent with the mission of the institution.

 

Graduates from the program have full professional qualification as Mining Engineers. The description of professional qualifications is a competency of the Ministry of Industry, while the Ministries of Education and Science & Innovation will define the university degrees leading to the achievement of professional qualifications.

 

The Mining Engineers program at ETSIME was evaluated by the Ministry of  Education, after checking it was compliant with the General and Specific Guidelines established for the degree in the official catalogue held and maintained by the University Coordination Council (Consejo de Coordinación Universitaria). The General Guidelines establish the criteria concerning educational objectives and outcomes in Math & Basic Sciences for Engineering Degrees. Specific Guidelines define the objectives and outcomes relevant to the Mining Engineers Program. It also defines the minimum required content of any program under that name, and the Area of Knowledge of faculty teachers for each of the formative modules. Universities must submit the curriculum design to the University Coordination Council for approval before it is included in the University Educational Offer.

 

In 1999, the Spanish Ministry of Education signed the Bolonia Declaration, to harmonize the structure of university level education in Europe, leading to a single European Space for Higher Education (ESHE). ESHE organizes university level education in Baccalaureate Degrees and Master Degrees, and duration is measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits.

 

Recognition of professional qualifications is guaranteed for graduates inside ESHE. In the academic year 2010-2011, only degrees under ESHE structure will be available for freshmen students. New degrees must be designed following the European Qualification Framework (EQF), with external referents, a quality guarantee system and must be accredited periodically.

 

The list of qualified professions is to be maintained, and must be compliant with EQF.

 

Under the new scheme, the official catalogue of University degrees will no longer exist, and Universities are free to include in the educational offer degrees under different names, and must decide if graduates will have a qualified profession from the official list. The professional qualifications of Mining Engineers will be granted to graduates in Master level programs (not yet offered) successfully verified and accredited by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA). Verification and accreditation will ensure that the programs’ Educational Objectives and Outcomes are adequate to professional qualifications requested by the Ministries of Industry and Science & Innovation.

 

In February 2009, The Ministry of Science & Innovation published an updated version of objectives and outcomes that university programs leading to professional qualifications of Mining Engineers must fulfill at Baccalaureate and Master Level to obtain verification. The program objectives of the Mining Engineers degree under evaluation are in agreement with the Ministry updated definition.