Cultural Division Offices

Academic Office

Vision

The Academic Office at the Cultural Division of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC aspires to achieve the highest excellence in academic services. We seek to establish a partnership with students that will enrich their educational experience and empower them to develop meaningful educational, career, and life goals.

Mission

The Academic Office implements UAE national educational and training policies to provide the country with qualified individuals talented of achieving the country's goals of progress and development. Through its staff of professional educators, the Office strives to advance the higher education plans and strategies of the UAE by placing its scholars in quality programs, and preparing them for the market needs of the country.

Our mission is to provide academic advising that fosters student success and satisfaction with the educational experience. In addition, the Office strives to establish and strengthen its links with American educational organizations and institutions of higher learning.

Accreditation & Authentication Office

The Accreditation & Authentication Office plays a key role at the Cultural Division of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC.

This office is responsible for providing accreditation and authentication services to UAE citizens, UAE sponsors, and Academic Advisors at the Cultural Division in Washington, DC.

Accreditation

The Accreditation & Authentication Office educates and conveys to the MOE, UAE nationals, and other UAE sponsors the critical importance of enrollment in fully accredited US higher education institutions and accredited academic programs.

Accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which an educational institution's services and operations are examined by a third-party accrediting agency to determine if applicable education standards are met. In the US, accreditation is carried out by private non-governmental organizations and is not the responsibility of the United States Department of Education (ED) as one might conclude. However, the ED is required by law to publish the list of the accrediting agencies which includes non-governmental entities as well as governmental agencies.

The mission of the Accreditation & Authentication Office in accreditation includes:

  • Advising and answering all UAE nationals’, UAE sponsors’ and Academic Advisors’ questions and concerns related to the accreditation of the higher education institutions in which students plan to study. We make certain that the universities and colleges attended by our students are accredited institutions of higher education and we advise accordingly.
  • Providing advice and assistance to UAE nationals, UAE sponsors and Academic Advisors about the accreditation of the academic programs subject to professional or specialized accreditation.
  • Providing MOE with the list of accredited US institutions of higher education and their accredited programs.
  • Updating the list of the accredited US higher education institutions and their accredited fields of study periodically to reflect accreditation changes.
  • Preparing comprehensive reports concerning the accreditation of a US university or college or a program as requested by MOE.

Authentication

At the Cultural Division, we provide authentication or certification services to UAE students who graduated in accredited programs from accredited US institutions.

The Accreditation & Authentication Office receives a variety of documents and our work with the authentication process varies from one student’s file to another. Our mission in authentication includes:

  • Verifying, reviewing and inspecting each document issued by a US school, university or college before authenticating it. This document can be a degree, a certificate, a diploma, a transcript, a letter of completion, a letter of achievement, a letter of enrollment verification, a class ranking, a date of attendance, or a grade/card report.
  • Investigating the legality of documents and transferred credits hours through direct contacts with schools, universities and colleges issuing those documents.
  • Authenticating or denying authentication to a document based on information discovered during investigation from the school, college or university and based on MOE regulations. MOE requires the accreditation of both the institution and the program. Online, correspondence, independent study and distance learning degrees are not approved by MOE and will NOT be certified. Professional, accelerated, executive, and similar degrees MUST be approved by MOE before enrolling.
  • Preparing a comprehensive annual report and statistics concerning the authentication of all documents received and the decisions made.
  • Recording and storing all relevant information about students and their schools, universities or colleges and programs in electronic format.
Accounting Office

Mission

The Accounting Office at the Cultural Division of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC is responsible for the timely and accurate processing of all invoices and reimbursements relating to a student’s scholarship award. This includes all appropriate medical, tuition, and allowance payments permitted by law under his/her scholarship decree. We interact daily with students, academic advisors, diplomats and many outside agencies, including medical facilities and institutions of higher education either in person, by phone, fax or email.

Our goal is to provide outstanding service while maintaining a level of integrity, honesty, and professional ethics. We all understand what is expected of us and are fully committed to meeting those goals.

In addition to processing payments and refunds, this office is also responsible for the preparation of monthly financial reports to all appropriate funding agencies. These reports present the financial status and financial condition of each scholarship program. These reports also ensure that our accounting records are up to date and accurate.

We work together to achieve our goals, we take pride in our work, and perform our duties to the best of our abilities.

 

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