The United Arab Emirates’ three federal higher education institutions have united to give Foundation students a smooth transition to the programs of their choice, with the signing of a Foundation Articulation Agreement yesterday.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT); Dr. Abdullah Al Khanbashi, Vice Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU); and Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim, Vice President of Zayed University (ZU), in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the three federal higher education institutions.
It was signed on the sidelines of the 8th annual Abu Dhabi Industry Award function, and will open the door for students who finish their foundations coursework to transfer to any one of the three institutions without encountering any “red tape”.
The process came into effect after H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan formally announced the signing of an articulation/transfer agreement between the three institutions.
It will enable students from every part of the UAE to take full advantage of the entire professional and academic programs offered by the three institutions, while enabling the institutions to focus on core areas of program offerings and eliminate the need for duplication.
The agreement will enable students to enter and complete their Foundations studies (if required as a result of CEPA test scores) at an institution close to their home. It will also allow them to choose to continue studies at any of the three federal institutions depending upon their choice of program, after satisfactory completion of the Foundation requirements (IELTS Band 5 or equivalent) at one of the three institutions.
The students must also meet the transfer standards for inter-institutional articulation, including admission for a Bachelor level of instruction, and possess the necessary level of proficiency in mathematics.
The agreement will help to shape the future of the UAE’s higher education system, making further studies more attractive to potential students. As a result the collaboration and close coordination between the three institutions, by combining their teaching resources, will help students achieve their full potential as future nation builders, no matter where they live in the UAE, as they will be able to study at the HCT, ZU or the UAEU.
Students from the three institutions will be able to transfer between each of them, allowing them to choose a custom-made education path for themselves. The agreement is expected to take effect during the new 2010/2011 academic year.