The change aims to “attract more prestigious universities to graduate generations”…

HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council has introduced a rating system for Dubai universities.

Going forward, universities in Dubai will now be ranked on a scale from one to five stars.

The rating is based on three main factors: key standards (quality of teaching, recruitment, research and development etc.), secondary standards (quality of educational programmes and the learning environment) and optional standards such as culture, arts, quality of life, creativity and social responsibility.

Some institutions could receive more than five stars, if they are one of the world’s leading higher learning institutions. These institutions are likely to lead graduates to very high rates of employability.


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The move is in line with HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of Dubai’s vision to become a magnet for talent and a global higher education destination.

Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) developed the Campus Rating System in order to provide clear objective data to educational institutions, prospective students, university investors and the government.

“We continue to develop plans and strategies for improving Dubai’s high-quality educational offerings and facilitating the establishment of more campuses of prestigious international universities. We are striving to further boost Dubai’s global competitiveness in this domain by ensuring the highest quality standards,” HH Sheikh Hamdan said.

Dubai has based its model of ratings on similar global educational institutions such as those used in countries including United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.

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