Did not adhere to academic and administrative accreditation standards

The Ministry of Education revokes the licenses of 6 universities and subject 6 to supervision within two years

  • "Education" adopted criteria to determine the confidence levels of universities in the country.


  • Dr. Muhammad Bani Yas: "A number of national universities have achieved accreditation standards and obtained an international ranking."


The Ministry of Education canceled the licensing of six higher education institutions and subjected another six to supervision (the ban), within two years (past and current), due to lack of commitment to implementing accreditation standards that include academic and administrative aspects. The Ministry also approved the licensing of four higher education institutions and refused to license four others.

The director of the Academic Accreditation Commission at the ministry, Dr. Muhammad Yusuf Bani Yas, stated in a hypothetical press interview that the ministry had adopted several aspects to determine the levels of confidence for universities in the country, and classify them into “high”, “medium” and “low” confidence, and these aspects include Not to monitor any problems on the university in terms of disclosure and trust, and for the university’s strategy to be clear and effectively applied, in addition to the sobriety and clarity of academic programs, and the degree of the university’s interest in students without leniency, especially in exams.

He added that it is necessary to take into account what the university studies in terms of accredited international programs, its global classification, its commitment to accreditation standards over the past years, the distinction of faculty members, and to be attracted from the best international universities, taking into account the number of faculty members in relation to the number of students and their programs, indicating He pointed out that a number of national universities have achieved these standards and received international rankings, including the UAE universities, Khalifa for Science and Technology, the American universities in Sharjah, Sharjah, and Zayed University.

Bani Yas pointed out that the classification is every five years, and the ministry applies it to its 80 universities, and its duration ranges between two and two and a half years, adding that the periodic monitoring of universities takes place every six months or a year according to the university, so higher education institutions are subject to continuous evaluation, explaining that "If the university is studying 20 programs, it will be subject to evaluation 21 times in five years, at a rate of four times per year. The 80 universities are evaluated for licensing at a rate of 16 universities per year."

He mentioned that the ministry is subject to six universities to observation (the ban), indicating that they are under probation for a year, due to a defect in the application of academic and administrative standards, and the ban is considered a final opportunity for them to adjust their conditions, adding that there is a difference between a “program under test” and a “institution under Test », as the institution may be distinguished, but one of its programs has a defect, such as the resignation of faculty members in the program or any other reason that may impede its teaching well, so it is forbidden to accept students in this program.

He explained that if one program was put under probation (ban) in a university, it does not affect its other programs, but placing a higher education institution under the test requires that no student be accepted to study in it, and in the event that there are students in the institution while it is placed under probation (ban) The law allows them to complete their studies until the ban is lifted, or they are transferred to other institutions, and in this case they are excluded from all transfer conditions, pointing out that the status of any student who joined the university before the "ban" is legal.

Bani Yas added: “We are keen on the necessity for students to complete their studies without hindrance, so we facilitated the procedures for transferring students from a university whose license was canceled at the beginning of the current academic year to other universities, bypassing the requirements for transferring students between universities, which is that the student has a degree (C) so what Above in every subject, and that the university to which he is transferred accepts 50% of the subjects studied by the student, and the student’s GPA is high, but the Ministry has been lenient in the interest of students ’interest.

Licensing standards for educational institutions

The Ministry of Education has launched a package of standards for licensing higher education institutions and approving their programs, with the aim of achieving the state’s directions in ensuring the quality of education in accordance with the latest international standards, and enhancing the prestigious global reputation of higher education institutions within the country. The new licensing and accreditation standards are based on 11 aspects of academic and administrative aspects in institutions Higher education, including: governance and management, quality assurance, scientific and research activities, students, faculty members, educational facilities, health, safety and environment, legal compliance and public disclosure, educational resources, physical capabilities and viability of educational institutions, in addition to community service and integrity.

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