Mutual Recognition for Chartered Engineers in Singapore and the Netherlands

The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) today signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI) to promote the mutual recognition of Chartered Engineers.

With the agreement, Chartered Engineers from Singapore can gain professional recognition of their qualifications and expertise when they practice in the Netherlands and vice versa. This will help engineers hone their practice overseas and acquire valuable experience. The increased mobility of engineers will also provide the industry with greater access to engineering expertise.

The MRA is a milestone in IES’ efforts to advance the professional standing of local engineers globally. IES launched the Chartered Engineer (Singapore) Registry in 2013, to provide professional recognition to qualified engineers across all sectors, including those from fields that do not require them to be registered as Professional Engineers.

Since then, the programme has registered a total of 294 Chartered Engineers in seven different branches of engineering supporting Singapore’s economic growth. These are Aerospace, Chemical & Process, Environment & Water, Infrastructure, Port & Marine, Railway & Transportation and Systems.

“IES is excited to sign the MRA with KIVI, one of the world’s most esteemed professional engineering associations today. We share common objectives to elevate the status and profile and standing of engineering professionals and raise the overall professional standard of engineering. IES hopes that this agreement will stimulate greater cooperation and exchange in engineering to support our economic and societal growth,” said Er. Tan Seng Chuan, IES International Outreach Committee Chairman.

“This Mutual Recognition Agreement is a very important milestone for us, as it takes away barriers and joins together and recognises the best of our engineers both in Singapore and the Netherlands, stimulating cooperation, helping them to find each other,” said Micaela dos Ramos CEng, Chief Executive Officer of KIVI.

The signing took place at the “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities in Asia” Forum organised by IES and The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore.

Dr. Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) graced the event as Guest-of-Honour and Her Excellency Ambassador Ms. Margriet Vonno, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Singapore attended as Special Guest.

“Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities in Asia” Forum

The forum provided insights into collaborative water projects by Singapore and the Netherlands, featuring Dr. Rinus Vis of Deltares, Dr. Rozy Harnas of Witteveen+Bos South East Asia, Mr. Vincent Lam of PWNT and Dr. Mark Wong of PUB. Singapore and the Netherlands share similar challenges as both have limited natural resources, are surrounded by water and susceptible to the impact of climate change.

Through the forum, the organisers hoped to promote exchange of multi-disciplinary engineering knowledge and experience to support development of sustainable solutions for cities in Asia.