Sharjah College to shelve accreditation procedure

SHARJAH - The Sharjah College yesterday announced its decision to shelve the accreditation procedure and introduce an external degree programme of the Central Pacific University, US, to all its currently enrolled students.

By Meraj Rizvi

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Published: Sun 18 Apr 2004, 11:44 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:02 PM

The announcement made through a memo released by the college management said: "Finally, we have taken the decision to phase out the operation, meeting the aspirations of the students and their parents. To meet this situation, we have contacted Central Pacific University (CPU) in the US to confer degrees on the present students as they complete the degree requirements."

The memo stated that the CPU has accepted the college proposal and will offer the external degree programme without any changes in the fee structure.

"And if at all there is any increase in the fee structure, the Sharjah College management has decided to absorb the additional expenditure," the memo stated.

Dr Samir Odeh, Vice-President of Sharjah College explained that the decision to introduce the external degree programme has been taken after seriously evaluating the future operation of the college and taking into account the students inability to pay high tuition fee in pursuing the accreditation procedure.

"Since we are responsible for the completion of education of presently enrolled students, the college is left with no option, but to provide the currently enrolled students a degree that is at least recognised in the country in which the university is based, as well as other countries around the globe. Atleast, the students will graduate with a degree that is recognised outside the UAE," he said.

He added that the students would have the option to either enrol into the external degree programme, or seek transfer of their credits to any institution within and outside the UAE.

The students expressed apprehension over the external degree programme, which is not recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

They said they are left with no option since most local institutions that are recognised by the ministry in the UAE are refusing to accept their credits in full.

"For example, The University of Sharjah is only accepting 50 per cent of our credits, while the Ajman University of Science and Technology's Ajman campus has refused to recognise our credits," said Asim, a fourth year student at Sharjah College.

"I may have to transfer my credits to an overseas institution, but I know that I will lose out on some of the credits."

"However, at the end of the programme, I will be ensured of a recognised degree," he said, adding, "but many of my peers may not be lucky to seek overseas transfer due to financial constraints."

Another student stated that many students might want to accept the external degree programme being offered by the college and complete their degrees before the university plans to shut down its premises.

Students are now waiting for the Commission for Accreditation at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to come to their help. The students had earlier this month, met Dr Michael Smith, director of the commission, who had assured to help them with the transfer of credits to recognised institutions in the country.

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