Institutions of higher education, academic programs in universities to be restructured

The UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) will adopt plans to restructure academic programs at universities, focusing on developing and improving outcomes, achieving advanced global classifications for more students. ‘institutions of higher education.

Dr Muhammad Yousef Baniyas, Advisor to the Ministry of Education and Director of the Academic Accreditation Commission, said: “Plans to restructure academic programs in universities are underway for specialist programs.

“We are currently working on a project to restructure university and college programs, where the commission has completed the four basic medical programs, including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and nursing, engineering, education and law, administration, and commerce in all academic branches.”

Baniyas noted that they are currently working on the restructuring of Arabic language, Islamic studies, humanities, graduate studies and general university education courses (first-year courses for students), as well as technologies of information.

“In addition, our future plans include working on the remaining curricula, especially science disciplines (physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics), as we have not yet started to restructure them,” he said.

The head of education explained that the restructuring includes the improvement of admission requirements, so that English language, mathematics and science subjects are a prerequisite for the study of certain academic disciplines, while the Arabic language is a requirement for the disciplines taught there. From there, it is required that a law student be of high level in the Arabic language.

Baniyas added that the restructuring plans include relying on the Emirates Standardized Test (EmSAT) as it is a standardized test among all public schools with 20 different curricula.

The restructuring plans include the curriculum so that it is in-depth, with strong exams, and assesses the student’s level in addition to life skills.

It also involves compulsory practical training in all disciplines, with no less than 16 weeks for most specialties and up to 80 weeks for medicine, during the study.

Regarding professional licensing, Baniyas pointed out that universities are required to monitor the performance of graduates after graduating in exams to practice the profession.

It is necessary for universities to have advisory committees for each specialization, through which universities communicate with partners and employers.

The officials pointed out that the national accreditation of universities is the basis in all countries of the world, as it makes them an accredited educational institution. It also gives him legal status to work in the country, noting that the Ministry of Education encourages universities to obtain international accreditation to achieve universality and attract international students.

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