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Dubai nod for private varsity degrees from its free zones

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Dubai nod for private varsity degrees from its free zones

Post  Encore on Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:23 am

Dubai nod for private varsity degrees from its free zones


Public and private sector organisations in Dubai can now accept degrees issued by higher education providers in Dubai’s free zones. This follows a decree issued by Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) will attest degrees and also issue educational permits to entities interested in providing higher education, according to Decree 21 of 2011.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director-General of the KHDA said: “Our aim is to create highly-qualified graduates for the jobs market in Dubai, so that they can help build our future. From now on, KHDA will be attesting degrees awarded at these higher education institutes, and this will make it easier for our young people as they enter the workplace.”

The decree, Dr Abdulla said, was an ‘umbrella’’ as it ‘‘enhances the investment that people have made in branches of international institutes, in time, money, expertise and people. This will also attract more international branch campuses in Dubai”.

As a regulatory body for private higher education institutions in Dubai, the KHDA will establish guidelines needed to set-up education institutions and oversee the educational activities, programmes and inputs in a streamlined manner.

It will also approve an academic calendar for the education providers, specifying the commencement and completion of the academic year.

The education free zones in Dubai, particularly Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Village, include 32 higher education institutes with over 14,000 students. However, it still remains unclear whether the degrees issued by private universities will be recognised by other emirates, particularly Abu Dhabi.

Source: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/June/theuae_June854.xml§ion=theuae&col=

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