Aspiring naval architects will now be required to complete a new degree program for the BS Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (BSNAME) program which, upon graduation and licensing, would make them eligible to practice the profession abroad, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
Five years after updating the BSNAME curriculum, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has again updated the Naval Architects curriculum to keep it abreast of recent developments in education and technology. .
On October 29, 2021, CHED approved the CHED 21 2021 Memorandum Order or Revised Policies, Standards and Guidelines (PSGs) for the BSNAME program as of this 2021-2022 academic year. “It’s been in preparation for a long time; it’s a benchmark for PSG,” commented Engr. Sammuel Lim, member of the Technical Panel for Maritime Education (TPME) of CHED and president of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SONAME), the national professional organization of naval architects accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission ( PRC).
“To ensure the continuity of education in times of conflict, disaster, natural disaster and health crisis, this PSG adopts flexible learning strategies to make teaching and learning more resilient and responsive,” said explained the new CMO.
“It incorporates results-based education and is now in line with the Washington Accord for APEC engineers,” added Engr Lim. The Washington Accord is a multilateral agreement between the bodies responsible for the accreditation of engineering degree programs within their jurisdictions that have chosen to work collectively to facilitate the mobility of professional engineers.
The Agreement will provide future Philippine naval architects, licensed under the new program, the opportunity to practice in international shipyards or related services in at least 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, the need for the new BSNAME curriculum was also in part triggered by the adoption of the K to 12 programs which introduced the two-year high school.
As an offshoot of the K to 12, the BSNAME program has been reduced to four years from the previous five years. More importantly, it is now a graded education, ”said Engineer Lim.
“This allows students to study, get a certificate, then work as a designer, then study again to complete the program.” This setup allows students flexibility and, at the same time, “promotes and increases human capital to meet the demand of local and international shipyards and other naval-related entities” while producing competent Filipino naval architects. and responsible.