“It will provide opportunities to share information and collaborate in areas such as the promotion of academic integrity”
The memorandum of understanding will build on previous engagement, the two agencies explained.
QAA and CAA will develop a report for UK higher education providers around transnational education opportunities in the UAE, and cooperate on an International Quality Assurance program to meet the needs of the UAE and the broader region.
“I’m delighted to sign this agreement with CAA, which reflects the importance of the UAE as a partner bringing benefit to UK higher education,” said Douglas Blackstock, CEO of QAA.
“It will support the development of the UK’s transnational education provision, and provide opportunities for us to share information and collaborate in areas such as the promotion of academic integrity.”
Mohammed Yousif Baniyas, higher education advisor & CEO of the CAA added that the agreement will provide “a vehicle for promoting excellence in higher education, and in building the capabilities of UAE graduates to embark on future career opportunities across the globe”.
“It brings benefits to universities in the UAE and the UK, by promoting understanding and upholding standards that encourage distinction, innovation and academic excellence within higher education,” Baniyas noted.
“The QAA has continuously been a true ally of the CAA and formalising the relationship in this way will set the basis for future collaborative work in the higher education sector.”
CAA is affiliated with the UAE’s Ministry of Education and promotes educational excellence across higher education institutions in the country.
The agreement will last for three years, with a further three-year extension following the agreement of both parties.
QAA published a country report on the UAE in 2017.
In 2015-16, the number of students studying for a UK award in UAE was more than 17,000, the report showed, rising from more than 15,000 in 2013-14.