*Michigan State University (MSU) Dubai, one of the world’s top 100 universities and the first major not-for-profit US research university to open an international university presence in the UAE, has been awarded an academic license by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (UAE Federal Commission for Academic Accreditation, CAA). Although not a requirement for the university, as a TECOM and KHDA licensed institution, MSU Dubai applied for the license as part of its long term commitment to the UAE and to demonstrate the high academic standards attained.
MSU ensures that the same academic standards are applied at the university’s two campuses by teaching exactly the same curriculum in the US and in Dubai, and by having MSU faculty teach at both campuses. Whilst the university’s standards of teaching, research, and community outreach are recognized internationally, MSU is also required by the US National Accreditation Board (the North Central Higher Learning Commission) to deliver the same curriculum in Dubai as in Michigan. Part of this quality assurance process involved a visit to Dubai by The North Central Higher Learning Commission, to ensure compliance with US national higher education standards.
Dr Brendan Mullan, Executive Director of MSU Dubai, comments: “At MSU, we value and take very seriously our obligation to meet all international, national, and local quality assurance, licensing and accreditation standards, which is why in the UAE we are licensed both by the Knowledge & Human Development Authority in Dubai and the UAE Federal Commission for Academic Accreditation. Our programs are already recognised and accredited in the US and internationally, and our aim is to ensure compliance with local standards and to support the outstanding work of the CAA, which focuses on creating educational excellence in the higher education sector in the UAE and ensuring compliance with international standards. MSU will not compromise on its academic standards at our Dubai campus. We are here to offer a genuine US standard educational experience, where faculty and student quality is the overriding objective.”
“We have set our academic standards very high, consistent with the US campus,” adds Dr Ali Dr Ali Bhayani, Chief Operating Officer at MSU Dubai. “MSU Dubai doubled its student population in our second enrolment (in 2009) but consistent with our commitment to high academic standards, we also denied admission to more than 30 per cent of the students who applied.”