DUBAI Seven new educational institutions in the UAE have been licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) to operate and accept students for higher studies in the future.
The Commission of Academic Accreditation (CAA), which is part of MOHESR, announced this yesterday. This now brings the total number of licensed institutions in the UAE to 53.
The institutions include Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education, Horizon International Flight Academy, Al Ain, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Dubai, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College and University College of Mother and Family Sciences.
Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, urged students to go through CAA's web site and check if programmes and colleges have the ministry's accreditation before they enrol in any institution.
The ministry is extremely keen to create awareness among students and parents on licensed and accredited institutions so they do not choose colleges that do not have permission to operate in the UAE.
Dr Badr Aboul-Ela, Director of CAA, told Khaleej Times, "We have licensed seven more institutes and they can begin operating any time within the next two years. However, most of them will offer programmes in September this year."
Meanwhile, the status of two educational institutes has been changed from college to university. American College in the Emirates has been changed to American University in the Emirates and Skyline College is now Skyline University College.
List of accredited and licensed institutions
Abu Dhabi University, Ajman University of Science and Technology, Al Ain University of Science & Technology, Al Ghurair University, Al Hosn University, Al Khawarizmi International College, American College of Dubai, American University in the Emirates, American University in Dubai, American University of Sharjah, British University in Dubai, Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education, Canadian University of Dubai, Computer College, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise University, Dubai Medical College for Girls, Dubai Pharmacy College, Dubai Police Academy, Electronic Total Quality Management (e-TQM College), Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Emirates Aviation College Aerospace and Academic Studies, Emirates College for Management and Information Technology, Emirates College of Technology, Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, European International College, Fujairah College, Gulf Medical College, Horizon International Flight Academy, Al Ain, Institute of Management Technolog Dubai, Islamic and Arabic Studies College Dubai, Ittihad University, Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Naval College, Nicolas & Asp Postgraduate Institute, Paris Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi, Petroleum Institute, Police Sciences Academy Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Dubai, Skyline University College, Syscoms College, University of Dubai, University of Sharjah, University of Strathclyde Business School UAE, University of Wollongong in Dubai, University College of Mother and Family Sciences.
For accredited programmes, students can long to