UAE streamlines recognition system for foreign university certificates

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The UAE's Ministry of Education has rolled out the second phase of its recognition system for degrees issued by foreign higher education institutions (HEIs).

The latest enhancements to the digital system ensure more flexibility in the documentation process and a significant reduction in the time taken to execute transactions.

It also facilitates the recognition of more academic specialisations.

The initiative, which was launched last year, is aligned with the UAE's 'Zero Government Bureaucracy Programme', aimed at simplifying government procedures by eliminating unnecessary steps.

"The first phase significantly reduced customer complaints by 85% and boosted customer satisfaction to 90%. Additionally, the system updates decreased the number of documents needed to recognise foreign HEIs certificates by up to 85% and reduced transaction execution time by 50%," the ministry said in a statement.

"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," explained Dr. Hassan AlSayegh, Adviser to the Minister of Education and the Head of the Customer Experience Transformation Committee at the Ministry.


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