Global university trio’s engineering education venture wins Government approval for institute status
5 Jan 2022
TEDI-London, the new engineering education venture pioneered by three leading international universities, has been given Government approval for institute status.
Use of the label is controlled by Companies House and requires agreement at Cabinet level because the holder is defined as as ‘an organisation having a particular purpose, especially one that is involved with science, education, or a specific profession’.
The assent now means that TEDI-London can use its full name – The Engineering & Design Initiative London – said registrar Carmai Pestell.
“It is a privilege to be able to use ‘institute’ within our name and we are very pleased that our hard work has paid off,” she commented.
The college’s application had to meet the requirements set out by Companies House, including evidencing that its degree programme was of a high standard and that the bid was supported by the Engineering Professors’ Council.
“We understand the prestige that comes with the title and look forward to continuing to prove ourselves as a high-quality provider of engineering education,” added Pestell.
TEDI-London was founded by three universities in the UK, USA and Australia. These include Arizona State University, whose Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering is the largest entity of its kind in the USA, with 24,000 students and nearly 70 degree courses.
The other partners are and UNSW Sydney – Australia’s leading higher education institute for engineering which boasts the largest number of student startups in the country – and King’s College London.
The trio set up TEDI-London in order to transform the way in which engineering is taught, with a greater creative and problem-solving emphasis.
TEDI-London has already joined the register of English higher education providers and been granted degree-awarding powers by the Office for Students.
TEDI-London dean and CEO Professor Judy Raper commented: “We are delighted to have successfully reached such an important milestone as we strive to support our transformative engineering programme with the highest possible levels of governance and quality assurance.
“We are committed to ensuring that our students receive an excellent education and are well-equipped to thrive as they embark on their engineering careers; to have this better reflected in our new name is a significant achievement.”