Check accreditation of institutions, says MoE

DUBAI - The Ministry of Education has urged students seeking admission into higher education institutions in the UAE to enrol only in recognised institutions by the ministry.

By Meraj Rizvi

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Published: Tue 2 Aug 2005, 11:14 PM

Last updated: Thu 15 Jun 2023, 11:26 AM

About 33 higher education institutions are currently recognised by the Ministry's Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), the list of which is published on the ministry's web site

Saif Rashid Al Mazroui, Head of Educational Programmes and Evaluation, Ministry of Education, was recently reported as saying: "The ministry issues an updated list of accredited institutions every year. In addition to the accredited institutions, there is also a waiting status given to those institutions not yet accredited, but are in the process. The number is currently estimated to be more than 20."

Explaining the term accreditation, Al Mazroui said: "It means that the institute has complied with all academic standards and regulations laid down by the Ministry of Education. It also means that the institute is capable of graduating qualified professionals who are on par with graduates of reputed institutions from around the globe. Further, if an institute is accredited in the UAE, then it will automatically be accredited in the GCC and other Arab countries to be followed with recognition by international accrediting bodies."

Dr Mohammad Badr Aboul Ela, one of the three members of the Committee for Accreditation at the Ministry of Education also advised students at a recent public seminar in Dubai on accreditation rules and policy in the UAE to check the ministry's web site for the status of an institution.

"Here you can also find the list of ministry recognised study programmes, which range from subjects such as accounting to visual communication," he said.

He warned students that the ministry would not recognise any degree or diploma programme unless it was approved. A degree earned from an accredited institution here is accepted by employers as well as other education centres worldwide, said Dr Aboul Ela.

He pointed out that the accreditation rules apply to all universities and colleges in the UAE, as well as those in the free zones in the various emirates. The commission makes sure the programmes offered by the universities match the requirements of the job market.


The list of accredited institutions in the UAE include:

Abu Dhabi University,

Al Hosn University

Al Khawarizmi International College

Emirates College of Technology

Petroleum Institute (programmes under review)

Naval College (programmes under review)

Technical Studies Institute (programmes under review)

Khalifa Bin Zayed College

Al Ain University of Science and Technology

American College in Dubai

American University in Dubai

Al Ghurair University, Dubai

Computer College, Dubai

Dubai Medical College for Girls

Dubai Pharmacy College

Dubai Police Academy

Dubai University College for Applied Studies

Emirates Academy of Hospitality and Management

Islamic and Arabic Studies College, Dubai

Emirates Aviation College

Emirates College for Management and Information Technology

British University in Dubai

University of Wollongong in Dubai

American University of Sharjah

Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies

Etisalat University College

University of Sharjah

Skyline College Sharjah

Ajman University of Science and Technology

Gulf Medical College Ajman

Gulf Cooperation University College Ras Al Khaimah

Ittihad University

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