A team of academics from Imperial College London visited the engineering faculty of the University of Sierra Leone from 19th – 22nd February with the objective of providing support to the faculty as it prepares for an academic accreditation assessment with UK engineering professional institutions.
The team from Imperial College (IC) included Professor Mike Lowe (Mechanical Engineering), Dr Kristel Fobelets (Electrical and Electronics Engineering), Dr Mike Templeton (Civil Engineering) and Dr Esther Kamau (International Relations).
The visit included a meeting with the Fourah Bay College Administration including the Deputy Vice Chancellor, the Registrar and the engineering faculty. This initiative is part of the Africa Catalyst Phase 2 (ACP2) programme which is funded by the Global Challenge Research Fund and supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The ACP2 project is in its second year and part of its objective is to upgrade engineering education and practice in Sierra Leone. The project is led by the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers.
The visit included presentations by the various heads of department of the faculty of engineering and architecture at Fourah Bay College and a conducted tour of the engineering faculty facilities.
On the final two days of the visit, the ICL academics were able to audit lectures taking place in the departments and discuss accreditation with staff of the faculty. They also held discussions with students and got to see students’ final year projects. They were hosted at a dinner on the final evening of their stay where they got to meet other engineers who were part of Council.