Accreditation Overview

Within higher education, accreditation plays a major role in quality assurance and institutional effectiveness. In general the accreditation process involves evaluation by an external body based upon a set of agreed standards. If the standards are met, accreditation is granted. There are two types of accreditation for higher education institutions: institutional or specialized (programmatic). Institutional accreditation looks at the institution in its entirety, whereby specialized accreditation is discipline specific. These different types of accreditation, while there are often elements of overlap, are not dependent upon one another.

The internal quality assurance and accreditation body of the United Arab Emirates, the Commission for Academic Accreditation, has just started its accreditation process with Zayed University, whereas the University had previously been exempt. As a new and emerging nation, the UAE is also keen for the external validation that international accreditation provides. It shows that institutions and programs are up to international standards of which the nation can be proud. Zayed University is at the vanguard of the public institutions in the UAE through its commitment to both institutional and specialized accreditations. Zayed University is one of only two independently accredited institutions within the UAE. This accreditation is through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of six regional accreditation bodies in the United States. At the disciplinary level, the College of Business, College of Technological Innovation, and College of Education, have all been accredited by their disciplinary bodies.