The government body responsible for ensuring the quality of higher education in the United Arab Emirates has granted Heriot-Watt University Dubai an initial institutional licence, the university announced on Monday.
The Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), an arm of the Ministry of Education, granted the licence. The commission is designed to assure prospective students, their families, employers, and other stakeholders that accredited institutions and their programmes meet academic quality standards and current international practices.
Heather J. McGregor, Heriot-Watt Dubai’s provost, welcomed the commission’s action.
“The granting of initial institutional licensure is a milestone for Heriot-Watt University Dubai,” she said. “It is an integral part of our strategic plan to further build on our success and commitment to this region, as well as acknowledgement of the high quality and standards of teaching and learning that the university has upheld here for the last 16 years.”
She added: “For graduates, it means that, once programme accreditation is complete, they will be able to pursue further degrees in CAA-accredited universities if they choose. It will also enable them to work with greater ease in government and government-related sectors across the Gulf and wider (Middle East and North Africa) region.”
As part of the licence review, a team from the Ministry of Education commended Heriot-Watt Dubai for its globally integrated nature, its stringent governance and quality assurance processes, the high level of student engagement in the learning process, and its modern, digitally enabled campus in Dubai Knowledge Park.
The university is now beginning the process to obtain accreditation of its academic programmes as well.
In Dubai Since 2005
Heriot-Watt University Dubai is a campus of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. It came to the United Arab Emirates in 2005, starting out with three academic programmes and a student population of 120. Today, it is home to approximately 4,000 students enrolled across 92 programmes.
Heriot-Watt Dubai is also one of the top universities from the United Kingdom in Dubai for business and industry links. It has received a five-star rating from the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority for three years in a row.
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