The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research calls on the students, who wish to complete their studies at universities abroad through the e-learning system, to make sure that these universities are accredited by the Ministry, through checking the list of accredited universities on its website, and get a no objection letter from the Ministry to study at these universities. The Ministry made it clear to the students that e-learning means to study in the distance learning manner (interactive e-learning) and not distance learning (affiliation, correspondence, open education ..), and, in addition to the need for the institution to be accredited by the Ministry, it is required that the institution is accredited by the specialized government bodies in the country of study which oversee this system and the course, as it must be accredited or equalized by the accreditation bodies in the country of study, and that the minimum duration of study for a degree should not be less than that of the traditional education, and the program should not be designed specifically for a certain category. His Excellency Sheikh "Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan", Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, in September 2013, issued the Ministerial Decree No. (212) on distance learning (e-learning) regulation, which dealt with the equivalency of certificates obtained through this system, and the Decree explained that this regulation applies to all educational degrees issued by the educational institutions accredited by the Ministry, or by the country of study, which adopt e-learning as the basis for all of its programs, or the institutions that offer unconventional education programs, in parallel with the traditional education programs. The list approved by the Ministry and published on its website includes (108) universities; (5) New Zealand universities, (21) Australian universities, (48) UK universities, and (34) US universities.
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