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Top 20 Tips: What To Look For When Choosing a UAE University


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Title: Top 20 Tips: What To Look For When Choosing a UAE University

Top 20 Tips What To Look For When Choosing a UAE
Recognition and accreditation
  • Examine the accreditation and recognition. The
    UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific
    Research (MOHESR) has accredited a number of
    institutions. Some institutions choose not to
    apply for MOHESR accreditation but may be
    accredited by other bodies or organisations. If
    you intend to work for the UAE government, you
    should enroll in a MOHESR-accredited institution.
    Private companies in the UAE do not typically
    seek MOHESR accreditation, but if you intend to
    pursue a postgraduate degree at a MOHESR
    accredited university, you must also ensure that
    your bachelor's degree is from a MOHESR
    accredited university.

Campus size/Location/Facilities
  • Check that the university's location is
    convenient for you in terms of transportation and
    timing. In Dubai, for example, some universities
    are in Knowledge Village, while others are in
    Dubai International Academic City. Others can be
    found throughout the city. Check out the campus
    size and facilities as well. Websites may use
    words like "vast," "sophisticated," "modern,"
    "updated," and so on, only to reveal that the
    institution is housed on one floor of a building.
    So, when visiting universities, make sure the
    location and size are to your liking, and then
    look at the facilities they have. Insist on
    visiting classrooms, computer labs, libraries,
    and other facilities.

Transportation/Accommodation/Visa Requirements
  • You may end up selecting a university in another
    emirate or far away from where you live. In this
    case, if you don't have your own transportation
    and public transportation isn't an option, see if
    the university offers transportation. Buses serve
    specific areas at many universities. If you are
    visiting from another emirate or country, inquire
    about lodging options. Even if the university
    does not have its own hostel, it may have
    arrangements with other institutions to share
    accommodation or assist you in finding something
    suitable nearby. A pertinent question would be
    one concerning visas. Most UAE universities
    should be able to process a student visa. Inquire
    again about the required documentation, the cost,
    and the time involved in obtaining a student

Look into the university's age.
  • The longer a university has been in operation in
    the UAE, the better. Although new universities
    may be appealing in terms of course variety or
    facilities, it is preferable to choose a
    university with a research tradition. Actively
    conducting research and contributing to academic
    publications would undoubtedly contribute to the
    high standards of teaching and learning in any

Who are the members of the faculty?
  • Check out the faculty members for whatever course
    you're interested in. Examine their educational
    backgrounds and previous work experiences. If a
    university's website does not make this
    information easily accessible, you should
    reconsider. Information on faculties should be
    easily accessible.

Course variety
  • Examine the course offerings at any university.
    Large universities (with over 3000 students) may
    provide a wide range of courses to choose from.
    Be wary of smaller institutions (around 500
    students) that offer an excessive number of
    courses. This has occasionally resulted in a
    course/module not being offered in a given
    semester due to a lack of enrollment. Find out
    this information before enrolling in any course.
    Inquire about schedules specifically because you
    might find out later that your classes are at

Examine the annual enrollment figures.
  • It is critical to double-check enrollment
    figures. For example, if you see that the
    university had 1500 students enrolled in 2010,
    cross-reference to see how many of those
    graduated in 2013 or 2014. If the number of
    graduates is significantly lower, it may indicate
    that the university has a high dropout rate.
    Examine the student population because the UAE is
    multi-cultural. Some students may prefer to
    attend a university with a similar ethnic makeup,
    whereas others may prefer a more multicultural

Examine university websites.
  • Is there current information on fees, extra
    costs, entry requirements, course/module content,
    credit transfer, and so on? A comprehensive and
    informative website strongly suggests an
    efficient and 'transparent' application system,
    which should make the application and enrollment
    process easier for you.

Time to respond to inquiries.
  • Use the pop-up window on the website to ask
    questions. If no pop-up window appears, send an
    email to the university's general email address
    and wait for a response. A prompt response
    indicates efficient staff and systems, which will
    aid in making your application and period of
    study as stress-free as possible.

Alumni organisation
  • Check to see if the university has an active
    alumni association. Discover how and in what
    capacity alumni members contribute to the
    university. Alumni who are active and involved
    suggest a university that cares about its
    'community,' and vice versa.

Internships and work experience are also
  • Companies nowadays place a high value on
    internships and work experience. Check to see if
    your university offers internships during your
    studies. Which companies is the university
    working with on this? Are there any job
    opportunities on campus? Is there a career and
    guidance counsellor at the university?

  • Investigate whether the university provides
    scholarships. Sometimes websites claim to offer
    scholarships, but they may only be for 20 off
    tuition. Investigate the various types of
    scholarships, the application process, the
    required documents, and references. Be wary of
    institutions that require you to enrol and pay
    upfront before applying for a scholarship. If you
    are denied a scholarship, you will be forced to
    pay out of your own pocket. In terms of
    scholarships, larger/well-known institutions are
    safer bets.

Same/different branch campuses
  • There are several institutions here that are
    branch campuses of well-known universities from
    the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United
    States. Do not assume that a branch campus has
    the same standards as its parent institution.
    Even if they claim to offer the same courses and
    teaching and learning standards, you should still
    visit branch campuses. Some branch campuses have
    lower entry requirements than their parent
    universities locally hired faculty with no prior
    experience at the parent institution different
    grading systems very different completion
    requirements and limited access to parent
    university resources/databases.

Fundamental/general studies
  • Many institutions in the Philippines have adopted
    the American model of Foundation/General studies.
    Even if you have excellent grades in Mathematics
    and English, you may be forced to take a
    Foundation course because it is required of all
    students. You could waste up to two semesters
    studying subjects that are unimportant to you.
    Some universities 'persuade' students to drop out
    of high school after grade 11 and enrol in a
    Foundation year. Be aware that if you do this,
    you may face consequences later on if you want to
    pursue a postgraduate degree in the west. You may
    be required to demonstrate that you have
    completed 12 years of schooling.

Academic assistance/writing centre
  • This is something that many new undergraduate
    students and parents overlook. Investigate the
    level of assistance provided by the university to
    new students. Are there workshops on academic
    skills, library usage, time management, and so
    on? Is the university home to a writing centre?
    Who is in charge? A writing centre with peer
    tutoring usually indicates that the institution
    has a history of assisting students throughout
    their academic careers. Examine the layout,
    location, and arrangement of the Writing Centre.

Policy collaboration
  • Is the student handbook and specific policies on
    academic honesty, for example, readily available
    on the university website, in addition to
    admission requirements and course information?
    Transparent policies strongly suggest that
    student management systems are efficient. For
    example, finding out if the university has a
    minimum attendance policy, changing courses, or
    requesting assignment extensions may be
    beneficial. Although student policies may appear
    insignificant, they are effective in protecting
    the rights of individual students.

Social media activities on Facebook and
Twitter, university events
  • Examine any university's Facebook or Twitter
    page. It is critical to determine whether the
    institution is keeping up with current social
    media trends. An institution with a Facebook page
    that only contains graduation photos from two
    years ago suggests that it is understaffed or has
    a limited marketing or public relations budget.
    This may not affect course quality, but for some
    students, it is important to attend a well-known
    university rather than one they have never heard
    of. Furthermore, it will be interesting to see if
    there is a 'conversation' between students and
    staff and what the topic of this conversation is!

  • This may appear trivial, but it is critical to
    know who the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor,
    Registrar/Bursar, and Deans are because this
    information reflects the institution's leadership
    quality. High staff turnover at the management
    level could indicate serious leadership issues,
    which could impact the general learning
    environment and, as a result, students. Because
    most people in the UAE are on contracts, you must
    ensure that you are not in an institution where
    lecturers/professors leave mid-semester to join
    another institution or return to their home

The rate of employment
  • Most universities in the UAE are proud of their
    graduates' employment rates and use that data to
    market programmes on their respective websites.
    Check to see which courses/programs' graduates
    are employed, with which companies, and at what
    levels. Sometimes universities simply provide
    statistical information, such as an employment
    rate of 80, but if no other information is
    available, proceed with caution. This percentage
    may include graduates who were already employed
    when they enrolled in university because they
    could have been working and studying!

Technology/online education
  • Again, many students only bother to find out
    after they've enrolled. It is critical to
    determine which learning management system the
    university employs and in what capacity. Are
    there any online courses? Is it possible to
    submit and grade assignments online? Is the
    university equipped with an online learning
    support unit? Without a proper support unit, no
    staff will be readily available to assist you if
    you encounter problems with the learning
    management system, which may have an impact on
    your grades.
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