ABU DHABI, (WAM) — Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has received the highest accolade accreditation, a ten-year full reaccreditation without reservation, from The American Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a world-renowned accrediting association and one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the USA.
This singular clean bill-of-health comes after many months of scrutiny of ADU by a distinguished panel of US educators, including a week-long site visit and final overview earlier this year by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.
In 2016, WASC began accrediting universities in the MENA region, and ADU was the first higher education institution to win the prestigious certification that year.
The reaccreditation was accompanied by a set of 16 commendations of the university, including a citation of excellence for placing students at the heart of the institution and another for innovation in curriculum development and degree relevance. This WASC reaccreditation places ADU in the company of some of the most prestigious universities in North America and the world.
Commenting on the occasion, Professor Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor at ADU, said, “We at ADU are delighted to have this reaffirmation of excellence by the well-qualified review team from WASC. We are pleased to have won once again the highest level of recognition and to represent the UAE in the ranks of many other highly acclaimed institutions of higher education that have the full ten-year certification.
“Since our establishment, we have put the students at the forefront of our educational strategy – we are committed to continuously enhancing our curriculums, presenting exciting knowledge exchange opportunities and best preparing our students for their future careers.”
The goal of the American Western Association of Schools and Colleges is to foster excellence in elementary, secondary, adult and postsecondary institutions and supplementary education programmes. The Commission encourages school improvement through a process of continuing evaluation. It recognises institutions by granting accreditation to the schools that meet a high level of quality in accordance with the established criteria.