Zayed University becomes the first institution outside the UK to be accredited for the UK matrix standard award in career guidance

07 Mar 2013

Zayed University’s Career Services have been awarded the matrix Standard for information, advice and guidance. This followed an external assessment process undertaken by emqc Ltd, the organization responsible for the management, administration and delivery of the matrix Standard. This award highlights Zayed University’s continued commitment to deliver career programs and services that meet internationally recognized quality standards.

The matrix Standard, owned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, UK, is a UK Government accredited, quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and/or guidance on learning and work. It promotes the delivery of high quality information, advice and/or guidance by ensuring organizations review, evaluate and develop their service; encourage the take up of professionally recognized qualifications and the continuous professional development of their staff.

Dr. Larry Wilson, Provost of Zayed University said: “Achievement of the matrix Standard by our Career Services colleagues is international verification of what a decade of Zayed University graduates already know, the people in this unit are extremely effective in helping our graduates find successful and rewarding careers. We are so proud of these people for their dedication to achieve the matrix Standard.”

The purpose of the matrix Standard is to provide a benchmark for organizations to assess/measure their advice and support services, which ultimately support individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.

The matrix Standard assesses four key elements: Leadership and Management, Resources, Service Delivery, Continuous Quality Improvement.

Gordon Slaven, British Council director in UAE, said: “We are delighted that Zayed University is the first institution outside the UK to be accredited with the UK matrix Standard award in career guidance. This is a significant achievement for the University and we are proud to help them celebrate their success. Careers advice is a critical area for both our countries, ensuring young people make informed and realistic career decisions which meet employers’ needs and address skills gaps.”

Source: Albawaba