Seek out licensed educational institutions, students told

Ministry of Education warns students against getting certificates offered online for a price

Dubai: Students willing to join higher educational institutions in the UAE are advised to check the list of institutions licensed and approved by the Ministry of Education.


Students are also advised to make sure that the specialisation they are willing to pursue is accredited so that they can get their certificates attested at the time of their graduation.

“Having attested certificates is an essential requirement for working in federal government institutions and most of local employment bodies or for receiving a promotion as part of the career ladder or even for getting scholarships to pursue higher education abroad,” the Ministry of Education said on Saturday.

The Ministry’s Commission for Academic Accreditation is responsible for licensing educational institutions and regularly evaluating educational programmes to ensure their safety and compliance with the international standards.

Dr. Mohammad Ebrahim Al Mualla, Undersecretary for Academic Affairs for Higher Education, warned students against getting certificates that may be offered online for a price, saying that such qualifications are fake and will not be attested or endorsed by the ministry. Those looking to obtain these qualifications will have to bear adverse legal consequences in addition to the financial implications, he added.

“Recently, there have been lots of meetings on social media platforms for officials from UAE-based higher educational institutions which operate without getting the ministry’s licence. Although those officials reaffirm that their institutions issue higher education certificates from the mother institution in Europe, US and other countries, such qualifications will not be recognised in the UAE without the ministry’s licence, Al Mualla said.

He further said that students who wish to pursue their education abroad have to obtain a no-objection letter form the ministry so that they ensure the equivalency of their certificate in the UAE when they graduate.

Accrediting educational programmes by the ministry is subject to a number of scientific criteria including the objectives of the programme, educational outputs, study plan, contents of courses, educational environment, educational facilities, and sources of learning and qualifications of faculty members as well as their scientific levels among others, Al Mualla noted.

The licenced higher educational institutions include:

1. Abu Dhabi Polytechnic

2. Abu Dhabi School of Management

3. Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute

4. Ajman University of

5. Al Ain University of Science and Technology

6. Al Dar University College

7. Al Falah University

8. Al Ghurair University

9. Al Khawarizmi International College

10. Al Qasimia University

11. American College of Dubai

12. American University in Dubai

13. American University in the Emirates

14. American University in Ras Al Khaimah

15. American University of Sharjah

16. British University in Dubai

17. Canadian University in Dubai

18. City University College of Ajman

19. Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation

20. Dubai Medical College for Girls

21. Dubai Pharmacy College

22. Dubai Police Academy

23. Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

24. Emirates Aviation University

25. Emirates University College

26. Emirates University College

27. Emirates College of Technology

28. Emirates College for Advanced Educational

29. Emirates Diplomacy Academy

30. Emirates Institute for Banking and Financing Studies

31. Emirates Institute of Naturalisation and Residency

32. European International College

33. European University College

34. Fatima College of Health Sciences

35. Gulf Medical University

36. Hamdan Bin Mohammad Smart University

37. Higher Colleges of Technology

38. Imam Malik College for Islamic Shariah and Law

39. Business School of the World (INSEAD) – Abu Dhabi

40. Institute of Management Technology (IMT) in Dubai

41. College of Islamic and Arab Studies in Dubai

42. Khalifa University of Science and Technology

43. Jumeria University

44. MENA College of Management

45. The Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government

46. Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences

47. Mohammed V University Agdal – Abu Dhabi

48. National Defense College

49. New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

50. New York University Abu Dhabi,

51. Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD)

52. Police College – Abu Dhabi

53. Sharjah Police Academy

54. Rabdan Academy

55. RAK Medical & Health Sciences University

56. Rochester Institute of Technology

57. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

58. Saint Joseph’s University

59. Skyline University College

60. Syscoms College

61. The College of Fashion and Design

62. UAE University

63. University College of Mother & Family Sciences

64. University of Balamand in Dubai

65. University of Dubai

66. University of Fujairah

67. University of Sharjah

68. University of Strathclyde Business School Abu Dhabi

69. University of Wollongong in Dubai

70. Zayed II Military College

71. Zayed University

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