ABEEK Constitution

Section 1 General
Article 1 (Name)

The name of this organization shall be Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (hereinafter referred to as ABEEK throughout all ABEEK documents).

Article 2 (Objectives)

ABEEK aims to promote engineering education through accreditation of educational programs in engineering, computing and IT-related disciplines, and engineering technology (hereinafter collectively referred to as programs in engineering throughout all ABEEK documents) in accordance with its accreditation criteria. Further, ABEEK aims to contribute to educating future global engineering professionals by complying with the requirements of the international education agreements for mutual recognition.

Article 3 (Location of the office of operations)

Headquarter of ABEEK is to be located within the city municipality of Seoul, and branches and supporting facilities may be established as however deemed appropriate by the decision of the Board of Directors.

Article 4 (Activities)

ABEEK is engaged in the following activities to fulfill the Objectives as described in Article 2. Activities in relation to accreditation shall be separately provided on Rules on Accreditation: Establish rules, procedures and criteria needed to accredit programs in engineering,

  1. Make public documents and other forms of media capable of distinguishing accreditation status of institutions and programs in engineering,
  2. Make public documents and other forms of media capable of distinguishing different types of programs in engineering,
  3. Foster development and quality improvement of programs in engineering,
  4. Enhance and promote engineering education,
  5. Provide consultation pertaining specifically to accreditation to institutions and programs in engineering,
  6. Develop evaluation systems and methods related to engineering education,
  7. Undertake any other activities deemed needed to fulfill the objectives as described in Article 2,
  8. Undertake the following profit activities to cover the expenses of 1 to 8,
    1. Leasing real estate,
    2. Advertisement services,
    3. Publication, Education, Academic research, and
  9. Undertake 9 with a prior approval of the competent Ministry
Section 2 Members
Article 5 (Members)

ABEEK membership consists of regular and special members.

Article 6 (Member qualifications)

All members strive to fulfill the Objectives as described in Article 2 and are subject to the following Qualifications:

  1. Regular members shall be engineering-related institutions, government bodies and/or corporations, and
  2. Special members shall be individuals and organizations who have already contributed to and/or are capable of contributing toward fulfillment of the Objectives as described in Article 2.
Article 7-1 (Member rights and responsibilities)

ABEEK members are subject to the following rights and responsibilities:

  1. Rights :
    1. Right to participate in General Assembly Meetings and associated discussions, and
    2. Right to participate in Activities as described in Article 4
  2. Responsibilities :
    1. Obligation to comply with Constitution of ABEEK (as contained in this document) and to comply with all resolutions of the General Assembly Meetings, and
    2. Responsibility for payment of membership fees
Article 7-2 (Admission and withdrawal)
  1. Membership is attained by having the corresponding individual, organization (academic, business or governmental) and/or its representative (in the case of special membership) submitting an application for membership to ABEEK and having the application approved by the Board of Directors.
  2. Organization and/or corporation membership candidate must designate in writing a person as representative and submit the representative’s name to the President of ABEEK.
  3. Change in the representative as described in Article 7.2.2 must be requested for in writing to the President of ABEEK.
  4. Membership is cancelled by having the current member submitting a withdrawal application form and securing the approval of the Board of Directors. The existing member is required to meet all outstanding Responsibilities as described in Article 7.2 before withdrawal is granted.
Article 8 (Suspension)

A member can be suspended by the Board of Directors if that member defames the reputation of ABEEK or fails to meet its Responsibilities as described in Article 7.2. A separate rules and procedures on suspension of the members shall be provided.

Section 3 Officers
  1. Chair of the Board of Directors: 1
  2. President: 1
  3. Vice Presidents: Not to exceed 8
    (may include: 1 Senior Vice President)
  4. Directors: Not to exceed 60
  5. Auditors: 2
  6. Advisors: As many as needed
    (may include 1 Senior Advisor)
Article 10 (Appointments and terms of service)
  1. The Chair of the Board of Directors shall be elected from amongst the Directors of the Board of Directors.
  2. The Chair of the Board of Directors shall form Nominating Committee to elect President. The rules on Nominating Committee shall be separately provided.
  3. President, who serves as ex-officio member of the Board of Directors, shall be elected via the following sequence of procedures: Presidential Candidate(s) may be recommended by the Nominating Committee, Presidential Appointee may be designated by the Board of Directors, and Presidential Appointee is elected President by ratification of the General Assembly.
  4. Vice President shall be appointed by the Board of Directors upon recommendation of the President. Senior Vice President and one Vice President from the industry shall serve in the roles of Directors without further approval of the Board of Directors.
  5. Directors and Auditors shall be elected via the following sequence of procedures: Respective candidates may be nominated by the Board of Directors and be elected by ratification of the General Assembly.
  6. Advisors shall be appointed by the President and be reported to the Board of Directors. Senior Advisor shall become Director without further approval of the Board of Directors.
  7. Directors shall serve renewable two-year term.
  8. The two-year term of the Directors will automatically be extended, for a period not exceeding 6 months, if a successor cannot be designated for unavoidable reasons.
  9. The President appointed during the automatically extended period begins his term as of the date appointed, and the other Directors begin their terms as of the date terminated.
  10. Should vacancy occur during term of service of Directors and Auditors, the Board of Directors shall designate a successor who shall complete the rest of the term.
Article 11 (Responsibilities of officers)
  1. Chair of the Board of Directors represents the Board and presides at Board of Directors Meetings.
  2. President represents ABEEK and oversees its operation. Senior Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President.
  3. Vice President assists the President and may attend the Board of Directors Meetings.
  4. The Board of Directors reviews and approves major ABEEK activities.
  5. Auditors carry out auditing to assess the overall operation and financial management of ABEEK. Auditors shall report any irregularities or fraud to the Board of the Directors and demand a remedial action by the Board of Directors.
  6. Advisors shall advise the Chair of the Board of Directors and President and may express his or her opinion at the Board of Directors Meetings. ABEEK. Auditors shall report any irregularities or fraud to the Board of the Directors and demand a remedial action by the Board of Directors
Section 4 General Assembly
Article 12-1 (Composition)
  1. General Assembly is composed of regular members and special members
  2. President shall preside at General Assembly Meetings.
Article 12-2 (Functions)

The following issues may be discussed and resolved at General Assembly Meetings:

  1. Designation of Presidential Appointee and discharge of President
  2. Appointment of Directors and Auditors
  3. Amendments to the ABEEK constitution
  4. Approval of business plans
  5. Approval of budget and fiscal-year end closing
  6. Other issues relevant to the ABEEK operation
Article 13 (Meetings)
  1. There shall be an annual General Assembly Meeting convened by the President. Additional meetings may be convened by the President as needed.
  2. President must submit agenda of the General Assembly Meetings in writing to each member no later than seven (7) days prior to the meeting date.
Article 14 (Issue resolution)
  1. The General Assembly Meetings shall be convened with at least one tenth of total members present.
  2. Voting at the General Assembly Meetings is by a simple majority of members present.
Section 5 The Board of Directors
Article 15 (Composition)
  1. The Board of Directors is composed of the Chair of the Board of Directors (hereinafter referred to as BOD Chair) and Directors.
  2. The BOD Chair presides at the Board of Directors Meetings.
Article 16 (Functions)

The following issues shall be reviewed and resolved at the Board of Directors Meetings:

  1. Admission and withdrawal of members
  2. Establishment and revision of rules and procedures
  3. Planning and operation
  4. Review of accreditation decision in response to an appeal
  5. Issues to be discussed at the General Assembly Meetings
  6. Issues delegated by the General Assembly Meetings
  7. Agreements with external organizations, foreign and/or otherwise
  8. Implementation of operational directives that do not require the approval of General Assembly Meetings
  9. The Board of Directors may delegate functions 2 and 7 to the Executive Council. The Executive Council shall inform the Board of Directors all its decisions.
Article 17 (The Board of Directors Meeting)
  1. The Board of Directors Meeting shall be convened by the BOD Chair.
  2. To convene a meeting, except for the case of emergency meetings, of the Board of Directors, notice shall be submitted in writing to each Director at least seven (7) days before the date of the meeting.
Article 18 (Issue resolution)
  1. Board of Directors Meeting is declared convened with a simple majority presence of the existing Directors.
  2. Voting at the Board of Directors Meetings is by a simple majority of the Directors present.
Section 6 Organization
Article 19 (Councils, Committees, and Department)

ABEEK is comprised of:

  1. Advisory Council,
  2. Executive Council,
  3. Engineering Accreditation Council, Computing Accreditation Council, Engineering Technology Accreditation Council,
  4. Accreditation Operation Division,
  5. Standing Committees,
  6. Korea Engineering Education Research Center, and
  7. Administrative Department

each of whose operations is governed by a separate respective collection of administrative rules summarily stated as follows:

  1. Advisory Council is comprised of the advisory committees that advise on academic and industrial concerns, propose policies, and advises on external cooperation for furthering of engineering education accreditation.
  2. Executive Council is in charge of day-to-day operations of ABEEK, and implements the decisions of the Board of Directors.
  3. Each Accreditation Council makes final decisions on all matters related to accreditation policy and procedures, and accreditation decisions. Accreditation Council also reviews accreditation criteria for ratification by the Board of Directors. Appeals and reviews of accreditation decisions is the responsibility of the Board of Directors.
  4. Accreditation Operation Division plans and manages accreditation visits for engineering, computing and IT-related disciplines, and engineering technology programs.
  5. The Standing Committees and the Administrative Department are in charge of various operations of ABEEK.
  6. Korea Engineering Education Research Center carries out research activities stipulated in Article 2 of the Constitution.
Section 7 Finance
Article 20 (Financial resources)

ABEEK expenditures shall be financed by:

  1. membership fees,
  2. research grants
  3. donations,
  4. rents, and
  5. other incomes.
Article 21 (Fiscal year)

The fiscal year of ABEEK starts on January 1 and ends on December 31.

Article 22 (Budget and Business Plan)
  1. The budget and business plan of ABEEK shall be approved by the Board of Directors and the General Meeting not later than commencement of the fiscal year.
  2. The annual donations, income and expenditure records shall be made public on ABEEK website by the end of March next year.
Section 8 Dissolution
Article 23 (Dissolution)

ABEEK may be dissolved by a two-thirds (2/3) consent vote of the General Assembly.

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