MoE launches second phase of its recognition system for certificates issued by foreign universities

- July 10, 2024 , by Maagulf
MoE launches second phase of its recognition system for certificates issued by foreign universities

Dubai: The Ministry of Education (MoE) has launched the second phase of the ‘University Certificates Recognition’ system for degrees issued by foreign higher education institutions (HEIs). The enhancements enable more graduates from foreign HEIs to benefit from the system's features for facilitating the recognition procedures of their qualifications while ensuring the validity, reliability and integrity of the process.

As part of its ongoing efforts to build an integrated and comprehensive educational system that provides top-notch services to students and aligns with the Zero Government Bureaucracy Programme, the launch of the second phase of this transformation project follows the success of the first phase of the University Certificates Recognition system, which was launched last year. The first phase significantly reduced customer complaints by 85 percent and boosted customer satisfaction to 90 percent, based on the Customer Pulse rating in the month of May. Additionally, the system updates decreased the number of documents needed to recognise foreign HEIs certificates by up to 85 percent and reduced transaction execution time by 50 percent. Moreover, this transformation project halved the steps required for certificate recognition.

More than 60,000 students in foreign HEIs are expected to benefit from the new system updates in 2024, as they will get faster, more efficient, and more flexible digital services that will help them complete their academic studies or enter the labour market easily.

Dr. Hassan AlSayegh, Adviser to the Minster of Education and the Head of the Customer Experience Transformation Committee at the MoE, noted that the Ministry has taken proactive steps to launch the second phase of the 'University Certificates Recognition' system for certificates issued by foreign higher education institutions (HEIs), based on user feedback, ongoing monitoring and development efforts over the past period.

He stressed that since its launch last year, the system has shown positive outcomes that align with the objectives of the Zero Government Bureaucracy Programme. These outcomes have encouraged the Ministry to continue adopting an agile approach and apply further developments that have a significant positive impact on a larger group of students.

Dr. Hassan AlSayegh added, “The amendments in the second phase aim to facilitate the recognition criteria for university certificates issued by foreign HEIs, allowing for more academic specialisations. This includes greater flexibility in standards, in line with international university rankings and the standards set by the Ministry. Typically, as the global ranking of the HEI granting the degree increases, the requirements for degree recognition decrease. This falls within the Ministry’s efforts to improve the quality of higher education outcomes and encourage students to pursue high-quality education at top-tier universities.”

According to the new updates included in the second phase of the system, the recognition requirements for certificates issued by foreign higher education institutions are now reduced for some specialisations, including: Architecture and Built Environment, Computer Science and Information Systems, Data Sciences, Natural Sciences, Education and Training, as well as Law and Legal Studies.

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