Dubai has introduced a rating system for all international college campuses located the emirate, while the UAE cabinet has also decided that funding for federal universities and colleges will now be dependent on academic grades achieved at the end of each year.
"The Dubai Government has placed the highest priority on developing higher education and increasing the competitiveness of our local universities, which forms part of our efforts to build a knowledge based economy. As part of achieving this strategic objective, we have approved a Rating System for International Branch Campuses in Dubai,” Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council, was quoted as saying in a report by the WAM state news agency.
“We continue to develop plans and strategies for improving Dubai’s high-quality educational offerings and facilitating the establishment of more campuses of prestigious international universities. We are striving to further boost Dubai’s global competitiveness in this domain by ensuring the highest quality standards," he added.
The report said the new star rating system would help students to determine the quality of tuition available from the different campuses on offer in the city.
According to the Edarabia education listing website, there are 27 international branch campuses based in Dubai, attended by 27,500 students.
The Campus Rating System was developed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and each rating applied will be determined across three main criteria. First is key standards, including quality of teaching, recruitment, research and development, best practices and global experience.
Secondary standards will include the quality of educational programmes and the learning environment and the third criteria will be standards such as culture, arts, quality of life, creativity and social responsibility.
According to WAM, the performance of international campuses will be assessed based on a six-level star rating system and will outlined as below:
One Star: awarded to an institution that provides a good education for students, and possesses the capabilities to achieve progress and development.
Two-Stars: awarded to an institution that provides a good education for students, and shows progress with regard to key standards.
Three Stars: awarded to an institution that offers a high quality education and has demonstrated strong key standards.
Four Stars: awarded to an institution that offers an excellent quality of education, shows strong results across all system standards, and whose graduates attract employers.
Five Stars: awarded to an institution that offers world-class education and has demonstrated strong standards in all system categories, and whose graduates are highly sought after by employers.
Institutions that receive a rating of more than five stars meet all the standards of a five-star rated institution in addition to being recognised as one of the world's leading higher learning institutions. Graduates of such institutions also have very high rates of employability in both the public and private sectors.
In a separate announcement, the UAE Cabinet also approved the decision to finance the funding of federal universities and colleges based on performance results for the academic year 2018-2019, in order to increase the efficiency of financial planning and implementation of the general budget, according to WAM.
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