The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) was established by the founding President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Federal Law 4 of the year 1976). This Federal Law gives legislative authority to the UAEU to develop and deliver degree programs, and award degrees, and defines the University Council as the ultimate approval body. In 2013, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research charged the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) with the responsibility for regular institutional accreditation of the public tertiary institutions in the UAE, in addition to its role in licensing of private institutions operating in the UAE. UAEU achieved institutional accreditation on 31 March 2014, and this accreditation status extends for 5 years.
Institutional accreditation signifies that the University has a mission appropriate to higher education. It confirms that the University possesses the governance structure, by-laws, regulations, policies and procedures, physical and financial resources, academic programs, faculty and other personnel, and quality assurance measures that are needed to accomplish its mission.
In addition to institutional accreditation, many of UAEU’s degree programs are accredited by professional organizations such as ABET and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International).