United Arab Emirates
Commission for Academic Accreditation*
Duration and levels of accreditation
3 – 5 years
To assure prospective students, their families, and the public that the academic programs offered by institutions licensed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) meet international standards, each program must be individually accredited. The Standards for Licensure and Accreditation and the institution’s program proposal or program self-study that addresses the standards in terms of the program provide the basis for review by the Commission staff and a committee of international experts who assess each program both through paper documentation and a campus visit.
After review, the visiting committee and the Commission recommend an action concerning accreditation to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research (the Minister), who decides whether accreditation is to be granted. Licensed, independent institutions in the UAE must receive program accreditation for each academic program they plan to offer before recruiting students or enrolling them; all programs offered by the institution must continue to be accredited.
Outcome/consequences of accreditation
Description of accreditation organization
* This accrediting agency is currently recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Programme for Recognition of Accreditation Agencies. This recognition by WFME does not imply that all medical schools operating in this country are currently accredited by the agency. Please refer to the accrediting agency directly for information regarding the accreditation status of specific medical schools.