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Providing educational opportunities in the UAE is a privilege - not a right - a privilege which is earned on a continuous basis and which demands, of each institution, continuous high quality and an effective system of institutional effectiveness and continuous improvement.

The CAA uses two inter-related standards-based quality assurance processes - institutional licensure and program accreditation - to assess educational quality, thereby assuring members of the public that the licensed institutions and the accredited programs they offer indeed meet high standards. Further, the standards used have been established so as to be at a level of quality acceptable to and recognized by the academic community internationally.

The Standards for Institutional Licensure and Program Accreditation (2019), hereafter referred to as the Standards, published by the CAA, is accessible here in English in PDF format.​