Commission for Academic Accreditation

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United Arab Emirates
Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA)
هيئة الاعتماد الأكاديمي
Agency overview
Jurisdiction UAE
Headquarters Abu Dhabi
Agency executive
Parent agency Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Website www.caa.ae

The Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) is the government-run institutional licensure and degree accreditation organization for private universities and their academic programmes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).[1] It was established in 1999, with headquarters in UAE's capital city Abu Dhabi, and is a department of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.[2] The CAA is a member of the Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANQAHE)[3]

The CAA has a number of commissioners led by its director, Dr Badr Aboul-Ela, a founder member of the organization.[4] Institutions must follow standards set by the CAA.[5] There are specific standards for e-learning[6] and, since 2009, for vocational education and technical training.[7] Licensure and accreditation are achieved through submission of supporting documentation and site visits by a commissioner and a visiting committee of experienced academics with appropriate expertise.

All non-federal higher education institutions operating outside a free-zone in the UAE must have a license to operate and their academic programmes must be accredited before students may be admitted. Many institutions operating within a free-zone nevertheless submit themselves to the CAA for license and accreditation. More recently, degree programmes at federal (government-run) institutions are also being accredited.

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  1. ^ Commission for Academic Accreditation, Abu Dhabi Government Portal, UAE.
  2. ^ The Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE.
  3. ^ ANQAHE web portal[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Commissioners, Commission for Academic Accreditation, UAE.
  5. ^ Standards for Licensure and Accreditation, Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates. Fourth Edition, 2007.
  6. ^ e-Learning Standards for Licensure and Accreditation, Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates, 2007.
  7. ^ Standards for Licensure and Accreditation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates, 2009

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