Licensure & Accreditation

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.

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. UAEU achieved on 31 March 2014, and this accreditation status extends for 5 years.

In addition to institutional accreditation, many of UAEU’s degree programs are accredited by professional organizations such as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International).

UAEU has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that UAEU is eligible to proceed with an application for Initial Accreditation[1].

[1]A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with WSCUC, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation; it is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed to be reviewed for Initial Accreditation with WSCUC. The first visit for achieving Initial Accreditation must take place within five years of being granted Eligibility. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at

Jan 11, 2015