Ensure courses are accredited, students urged

ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Education has warned the students to ensure that the courses they join are accredited by the ministry.

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Tue 5 Apr 2005, 10:39 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:58 PM

The ministry has also published an updated list of licensed colleges and accredited courses in the UAE in a bid to ensure quality in higher education.

Licensed and accredited programmes and colleges can be viewed at the Commission for Academic Accreditation web site www.caa.ae, which is updated regularly.

The list has been published by the Commission for Academic Accreditation that reviews colleges, universities and other higher education institutions to ensure that they meet standards of quality consistent with international higher education standards.

The Commission applies the standards issued by the Ministry of Education for the licensure of institutions and for the accreditation of academic programmes.

"Students and parents should consult with the Ministry to ensure that the institution that a student intends to join is licensed and the programme he/she hopes to enrol into is accredited by the Ministry," said a statement issued by the ministry.

"The Ministry can verify the quality of only those institutions and programmes that it has reviewed and recognised and will attest the diplomas only from these recognised institutions and the federal institutions. It is, therefore, advisable that students and their parents consult with the Ministry of Education before enrolling in any courses," it added.

The list is published under the directives of Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education, and Dr Saeed Hamad Al Hasany, Under-Secretary at the Ministry (higher education) to transform UAE into the seat of higher education in the region.

The Ministry also plays an important role in supporting serious higher education institutions as they seek to improve their programmes. The Ministry does this through recommendations and guidance provided by international consultants. Teams of international experts visit each program and make recommendations designed to improve the quality of the curriculum, the credentials of faculty, the quality of educational and administrative support services, and the implementation of effective methods of assessment and planning.

According to the authorities, a number of UAE institutions have already developed programmes grounded in best practices and have begun to achieve an international reputation for quality. Some have recruited students from a number of other countries to come to the UAE to pursue their higher education. These students have come because of the growing quality of the institutions in the UAE and the accreditation of programmes that have met the scrutiny of international experts.

Recognised institutions and accredited programmes that are accepting new students in Abu Dhabi are Abu Dhabi University (Bachelor in Education, Business Administration in Management, Marketing and Finance, Computer Science and English), Al Hosn University (programmes under review), Al Khawarizmi International College (Diploma in Computer Studies, Foundation Certificate in Computer Studies), Emirates College of Technology (Diploma Business, Administration and Computer Information Systems), Petroleum Institute (programmes under review), Naval College (programmes under review) and Technical Studies Institute (programmes under review).

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