Education ministry warns UAE students of unaccredited online degrees

According to a report in the National, The Ministry of Higher Education has warned students to check with it before starting internet courses, after complaints about unaccredited degrees from an on-line university actively recruiting in the UAE.

Dr Bader Aboul-Ela, director of the commission for academic accreditation at the ministry, said Must University is granting degrees to students who later found difficulty in having them attested.

Must is listed by the state of Oregon as lacking “appropriate approval or accreditation“, state education authorities say.

The university is not accredited by any internationally recognised association.

The UAE Ministry of Higher Education does not recognise distance-education courses offered by overseas institutions, and foreign study should be supervised by a UAE cultural attache or embassy staff.

Students unsure of a university’s credentials can check with the US Embassy’s EducationUSA office in Abu Dhabi, or the Chea website

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