An academic disparity between engineering courses at University of Malta and MCAST is creating a massive skills gap in the industry despite attempts to bridge the two, the Malta Association for Professional Engineers (MAPE)has warned.
The issue between the two educational institutions has been flagged in the past by the Chamber and other figures in the sector. It appeared to be addressed once a bridging course meant to bring MCAST engineering graduates on par with those at University was introduced.
This course, however, has been flagged as being inadequate and that it could preclude MCAST students from receiving an engineering warrant once students graduate.
The issues surrounding the new revamped course are due to it not being externally reviewed. A report auditing the MCAST programme has yet to be made public.
Until September, MCAST students who followed the engineering course could not apply for their warrant as the course was deemed to be “vocational”. However, this changed for the current year.
In the past, MCAST courses were based on 120 credits at level 5 and 120 credit at level 6 while the course from the University of Malta is a 240 credits course at level 6.
Extra credits were added. However, it has been reported that the credits were halved despite agreements with the engineering board.
Having students with different levels of qualifications in the field of engineering is not only a disservice to students, but also presents a public safety issue at large.