The ADC signs MoU with the UAE's Commission for Academic Accreditation
9 March 2021
On 23 February 2021 the Australian Dental Council (ADC) signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), the National Accreditation Agency affiliated with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Education.
Under the MoU the CAA has awarded the ADC international accreditation authority status in registered higher education institutions in the UAE.
This recognition means that higher education providers based in the UAE can have their dental practitioner programs accredited by the ADC against the same standards and professional competencies as their Australian counterparts. Furthermore, the CAA will recognise a UAE-based provider's ADC accreditation.
The signing of this MoU is a milestone event for the ADC. It highlights the high regard in which Australian accreditation standards and processes are held, not only within the UAE, but around the world.
The MoU will also provide opportunities for greater information sharing and collaboration between the two organisations on projects and activities regarding international program accreditation. Many of these projects will aim to enhance the understanding of accreditation practices across different jurisdictions to the benefit of the sector overall.
For students of dental practitioner programs in the United Arab Emirates accredited by the ADC the MoU opens up opportunities for them to pursue their postgraduate studies in Australia. Graduates of an ADC accredited program from the United Arab Emirates will still be required to complete the dental practitioner assessment process before they are eligible to register to practise with the Dental Board of Australia.
The ADC is now working closely with CAA to develop projects which aim to benefit the accreditation sector now and into the future. For more information about ADC International, click here.