Sunday, January 4, 2015

List of UAE Government approved online universities and why Al Arab University is a fake institute



Today morning when I opened my inbox, I got a query from one of my blog reader asking about Al Arab University. Before replying to him, I thought to find out more about the university. As I suspected, the university is indeed a fake university.

Here is the query and my response:
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Query:

Please advise if Al arab university is fake? below is the reason why i am asking

I registered with Al Arab university last year , at first i was asked to pay USD 699 as registration fees and then USD 1899 for tuition and over the phone i was promised i wouldn't have to pay more but after a month i get a call and was asked to pay extra USD 1899 for equivalency and if i don't pay then il have problems later on. since i could not find anything against this university online , i paid.

i finished the course in aug 2013, i could have done it within a month since the ‘exam’ was just true or false questions. I was promised on many occasions and even on mail that i will get my attested degree in 30-45 days but i got it after 4 months . The degree is not attested but along with that there is a certificate from Cairo university for ‘ writing scientific research’ which i haven’t done and don’t see the point of having it.

I was naturally quite upset and complained , i got a call and told off the agent and wanted answers as to why was the university not transparent and did not mention any thing about the other certificate, in return he got personal and was rude /sarcastic.

In the past the same agent had promised on the mail that if im not satisfied with the degree they will refund the fees but now the same agent is telling me they wont give any refund and that he wont even ask anyone else to help me as im quite difficult to handle. Apart from all this he is denying a lot of other things done by them. He even said i can do whatever i want i wont get my refund and that the university’s image is pristine.

The only reason i am writing to you is so that people should think 10 times before enrolling with them. I probably wont get my refund but at least people would know about this university.

Thanks

Regards,
Mav |



My response:
The University is fake one. 
Only following universities are valid, recognized and accredited in the entire middle east region.

Universities in GCC region
From Saudi Arabia (KSA)
1 Islamic University in Madinah http://www.iu.edu.sa
2 Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University http://www.imamu.edu.sa
3 Al Jouf University http://www.ju.edu.s
4 Taif University http://www.tu.edu.sa
5 Qassim University http://www.qu.edu.sa
6 King Khalid University http://www.kku.edu.sa
8 King Abdulaziz University http://www.kau.edu.sa
9 King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) http://www.kfupm.edu.sa
7 King Saud University htpp://www.ksu.edu.sa
10 King Faisal University http://www.kfu.edu.sa
11 Umm Al-Qura University http://www.uqu.edu.sa
12 Jazan University (JU) http://www.jazan.edu.sa
13 University of Hail http://www.uoh.edu.sa
14 Taibah University http://www.taibahu.edu.sa

15 Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) http://www.nauss.edu.sa


From Quatar
Number University Name Web Address
1 Qatar University http://www.qu.edu.qa/ar/
2 Qatar Aeronautical College http://www.qac.edu.qa
3 Carnegie Mellon University http://www.cmu.edu/index.shtml
4 College of North Atlantic Qatar https://www.cna-qatar.com/Pages/default.aspx
5 Community College Qatar CCO ttp://www.english.education.gov.qa/section/sec/_community_college
6 Faculty of Islamic Studies http://www.qfis.edu.qa/output/Page162.asp
7 Georgetown University School of Foreign Service http://sfs.georgetown.edu/
8 Northwestern University in Qatar http://www.qatar.northwestern.edu/
9 University of Calgary Qatar http://www.qatar.ucalgary.ca/
10 Stenden University http://www.stenden.com/en/
11 Texas A andM University http://www.tamu.edu/
12 Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts http://arts.vcu.edu/

13 Weill Cornell Medical College


From Bahrain
1 University of Bahrain http://www.uob.edu.bh
2 Arabian Gulf University http://www.agu.edu.bh

3 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain

From Oman
Number University Name Web Address
1 Sultan Qaboos University http://www.squ.edu.om/
2 Rustaq College of Applied Science http://rustaq.mohe.gov.om/arabic/default.asp
3 College of Applied Science-Ibri http://ibri.mohe.gov.om/
4 College of Applied Science-Nizwa http://nizwa.mohe.gov.om/
5 Sohar College of Education http://sohar.mohe.gov.om/
6 Sur College of Applied Sciences http://www.surcollege.edu.om/ar/
7 College of Applied Sciences - Salalah http://salalah.mohe.gov.om/
8 Higher College of Technology in Muscat http://www.hct.edu.om/
9 Higher College of Technology http://www.hct.edu.om/
10 Institution of Health http://www.moh.gov.om
11 The College of Banking and Financial Studies (CBFS) http://www.cbfs.edu.om/
12 Institute of Sharia Science http://www.iofss.net/m/
13 Sohar University http://www.soharuni.edu.om/
14 Dhofar University (DU) http://www.du.edu.om
15 University of Nizwa http://www.unizwa.edu.om/
16 The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) http://www.gutecg.edu.om
17 Majan College http://www.majancollege.edu.om
18 Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS) http://www.mcbs.edu.om
19 Caledonian College of Engineering http://www.cce.edu.om
20 Al Zahra College For Women http://www.zahracol.edu.om
21 Mazoon University College http://www.mazooncollege.edu.om
22 Oman Medical College http://www.omc.edu.om
23 Sur University College http://www.suc.edu.om
24 Waljat College of Applied Sciences (WCAS) http://www.waljatcolleges.edu.om
25 Middle East College http://www.mecit.edu.om
26 Al Buraimi University College http://www.buc.edu.om
27 The Scientific College of Design http://www.scd.edu.om
28 Oman College of Management & Technology http://www.omanMcollege.com
29 Gulf College- Oman http://www.gulfcollegeoman.com
30 Muscat College http://www.mctcollege.com
31 International College of Engineering and Management http://www.icemoman.com/
32 Oman Tourism College http://www.otc.edu.om
33 IMCO (International Maritime College Oman LLC) http://www.imcoman.com
34 Bayan College http://www.bayancollege.edu.om

35 Oman Dental College http://www.omandentalcollege.org

From Kuwait
Number University Name Web Address
1 Kuwait University http://www.kuniv.edu/

2 The Public Authority for Applied
 Education & Training                             http://www.paaet.edu.kw/mysite/Default.aspx?tabid=4269&language=ar-KW


Arab Countries
Number University Name Web Address
1 Sana'a University http://www.suye.ac/
2 University of Aden http://www.aden-univ.net
3 Taiz University http://www.aden-univ.net
4 Hodeidah University http://www.hoduniv.net.ye
5 Ibb University http://www.iu.edu.ye/ac
6 Hadramout University http://www.hust.edu.ye

7 Dhamar University http://thuniv.attawon.net/


It recommends 179 universities from India from 800+







Disclaimer: With time the list may increase. Here, also consist list of the universities from India and other countries, the data whether the government of respective country has approved these institute to operate is not verified. 




Now as far as distance learning institute from the region concerns, only following university is a recognized one Arab Open University

Arab Open University is a non-profit, private Pan Arab university founded in 2002. The university occupies several campuses located across the Middle East, including in Kuwait, Jordan, and Lebanon. 
Arab open University has partnered with The Open University of UK which is highly reputed and recognized.
The Arab Open University (AOU), a distance learning institution with operations in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, recently received accreditation for all its branches from the British Accreditation Council (BAC), a private UK-based postsecondary education accreditation organisation. The announcement comes in the wake of AOU’s decision to formally utilise materials from the UK’s Open University, building on a longstanding relationship.




Apart from Arab Open University, the UAE government has recommended following online institutes


Number University Name Web Address
1 Harvard University         http://www.harvard.edu/
2 University of California Berkeley http://berkeley.edu/index.html
3 Cornell University                          http://www.cornell.edu/
4 University of Minnesota                  http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.html
5 Universiy of Pennsylvania                  http://www.upenn.edu/
6 University of Wisconsin Madison http://www.wisc.edu/
7 University of illinois Urbana Champaign http://illinois.edu/
8 Michigan State University http://www.msu.edu/
9 Columbia University New York http://www.columbia.edu/
10 University of Texas Austin http://www.utexas.edu/
11 Yale University http://www.yale.edu/
12 Pennsylvania State University http://www.psu.edu/
13 Carnegie Mellon University http://www.cmu.edu/index.shtml
14 University of Florida http://www.ufl.edu/
15 New York University http://www.nyu.edu/
16 University of Washington http://www.washington.edu/
17 University of Pittsburgh http://pitt.edu/
18 University of Southern California http://www.usc.edu/
19 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill http://unc.edu/
20 North Carolina State University http://www.ncsu.edu/
21 Texas A&M University http://www.tamu.edu/
22 University of California San Diego http://www.ucsd.edu/
23 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University http://colleges.findthebest.com/l/4434/Virginia-Polytechnic-Institute-and-State-University-VT
24 University of Georgia http://uga.edu/
25 Indiana University http://www.indiana.edu/
26 Rutgers University http://www.rutgers.edu/
27 University of Colorado Boulder http://www.colorado.edu/
28 Johns Hopkins University http://www.jhu.edu/
29 University of Maryland http://www.umd.edu/
30 Northwestern University http://www.northwestern.edu/
31 Arizona State University http://www.asu.edu/
32 University of Utah http://www.utah.edu/
33 Washington University Saint louis http://www.wustl.edu/
34 University of California Irvine http://uci.edu/


From Australia and New Zealand following institutes are recognized

Number University Name Web Address
1 Australian National University http://www.anu.edu.au/
2 University of Queensland http://www.uq.edu.au/
3 University of Melbourne http://www.unimelb.edu.au/
4 Monash University http://monash.edu.au/
5 University of New South Wales http://www.unsw.edu.au/
6 University of Sydney http://sydney.edu.au/
7 University of Adelaide http://www.adelaide.edu.au/
8 University of Western Australia http://www.uwa.edu.au/
9 Macquarie University http://www.mq.edu.au/
10 RMIT University http://rmit.edu.au/
11 Queensland University of Technology http://www.qut.edu.au/
12 Deakin University http://www.deakin.edu.au/
13 University of South Australia http://www.unisa.edu.au/
14 University of Newcastle http://www.newcastle.edu.au
15 University of Technology Sydney http://www.uts.edu.au/
16 University of Tasmania http://www.utas.edu.au/
17 University of Wollongong http://www.uow.edu.au/index.html
18 Curtin University of Technology http://www.curtin.edu.au/
19 Griffith University http://www.griffith.edu.au/
20 University of New England Australia http://www.une.edu.au/


From New Zealand
1 University of Auckland http://www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/
2 Massey University http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/home.cfm
3 University of Otago http://www.otago.ac.nz/
4 University of Canterbury http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/
5 University of Waikato http://www.waikato.ac.nz/





From Europe
Number University Name Web Address
1 University of Oxford http://www.ox.ac.uk/
2 University of Cambridge http://www.cam.ac.uk/
3 London School of Economics http://www.lse.ac.uk/home.aspx
4 University College London http://www.ucl.ac.uk/
5 Durham University https://www.dur.ac.uk/
6 University of Warwick http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/
7 Lancaster University http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/
8 University of Exeter http://www.exeter.ac.uk/
9 University of York http://www.york.ac.uk/
10 University of Bath http://www.bath.ac.uk/
11 Bristol University http://bristol.ac.uk/
12 University of Edinburgh http://www.ed.ac.uk/home
13 University of Nottingham http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/
14 University of Sheffield http://shef.ac.uk/
15 University of Leicester http://www.le.ac.uk/
16 University of Southampton http://www.southampton.ac.uk/
17 Loughborough University http://www.lboro.ac.uk/
18 University of Glasgow http://www.gla.ac.uk/
19 School of Oriental & African Studies http://www.soas.ac.uk/about/
20 King's College London http://www.kcl.ac.uk/index.aspx
21 University of Newcastle http://www.ncl.ac.uk/
22 University of Birmingham http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/index.aspx
23 University of East Anglia http://www.uea.ac.uk/
24 Royal Holloway University of London http://www.rhul.ac.uk/home.aspx
25 University of Surrey http://www.surrey.ac.uk/
26 University of Leeds http://www.leeds.ac.uk/
27 University of Manchester http://www.manchester.ac.uk/
28 University of Reading http://www.reading.ac.uk/
29 University of strathclyde http://www.strath.ac.uk/
30 University of Cardiff http://cardiff.ac.uk/
31 University of aston http://www1.aston.ac.uk/
32 Queen Mary University of London http://www.qmul.ac.uk/
33 Queen's University Belfast http://qub.ac.uk/
34 University of Kent http://www.kent.ac.uk/
35 University of Dundee http://www.dundee.ac.uk/
36 University of Essex http://www.essex.ac.uk/
37 University of Aberdeen http://www.abdn.ac.uk/
38 Aberystwyth University / Prifysgol Aberystwyth http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/
39 Heriot-Watt University http://www.hw.ac.uk/
40 University of Keele http://www.keele.ac.uk/
41 University of Stirling http://www.stir.ac.uk/
42 City University London http://www.city.ac.uk/
43 Oxford Brookes University http://www.brookes.ac.uk/
44 Swansea University http://www.swan.ac.uk/
45 Goldsmiths College http://www.gold.ac.uk/
46 University of Brunel http://www.brunel.ac.uk/
47 University of Liverpool http://www.liv.ac.uk/


As of now, UAE Government has not recognized any other institutes to offer distance and online learning including those from India. Yes, degree obtained in India may stand valid. 

For further details, list of the institutes, please visit



I hope I have clarified and this blogpost is useful for you. I have advised multiple times not to opt KSOU, Mahatma Gandhi University, Shillong, EIILM, CV Raman, Jaipur National, Jodhpur National, Vinayaka Mission, Swami Vivekananda University and such other 40+ degree scamster, but real universities. 

People in the middle east, Arab countries should not take admission in any Indian universities operating on those countries except IGNOU. Government of India has not allowed any other universities to offer courses in distance, online or any mode outside India.

All queries are welcome

Govind
Mumbai
January 04, 2015

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