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Review of Transnational Education in the United Arab Emirates, 2014

​​​In 2014, QAA conducted a Review of Transnational Education (TNE) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the 10th most popular destination for UK TNE students. This review looked at UK universities that have established a branch, or physical presence in UAE, as well as a number of partnership arrangements where a UK university is the awarding institution.

Overview report

An overview report​ (PDF,​ 572 KB) provides a summary of TNE and higher education in the UAE, as well as statistics and executive summaries of the 11 review reports.​

This report is also available in النسخة العربية (Arabic, PDF, 495KB):

Audit​ reports

The following UK TNE provision in the UAE was reviewed:

Prior to our review visit, we liaised closely with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), our counterpart agency in Dubai with whom we have a signed a Memorandum of Agreement. In addition to sharing intelligence with us, KHDA contributed to briefing the review team about the regulatory environment for international branch campuses in Dubai and observed a number of review visits.

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