Quality and Recognition

Middlesex University’s quality credentials are outstanding. Middlesex University is audited by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education and the Dubai campus is an integral part of this audit process. Our Dubai campus is subject to the same rigorous quality assurance procedures that have earned Middlesex University the highest possible endorsement from the QAA.

Middlesex University Dubai is also licensed by the Dubai government’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Furthermore, the University Quality Assurance International Board at KHDA reviews all programmes on offer in Dubai to ensure that the quality of programmes taught in Dubai are equivalent to those at the home campus in London.

Academic programmes in Dubai have the same validation and monitoring system as in London, with the same examinations taken simultaneously in both cities. The Honours and Masters degrees awarded to Dubai campus students are therefore identical to those achieved by students at the London campuses, and students can transfer between campuses if they wish.

Whether in London or Dubai, Middlesex University students are prepared for a significant role in the global economy.

Institutional Audit by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education


The UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s (QAA) which audits universities to provide public information about the maintenance of academic standards, has given its top-most rating to Middlesex University following a review in 2009. The QAA’s audit process, respected globally for its robustness, found that confidence can be placed in the soundness of the University’s management of its academic standards and on the quality of the learning opportunities available to students.

As part of a five-year cycle, a team of auditors from QAA visited Middlesex University from 30 March – 3 April 2009 to carry out an institutional audit. The Dubai campus formed an integral part of the review procedure. QAA audits provide the wider public an independent assessment of how higher education institutions in the UK maintain their academic standards and are regarded as among the key indicators of quality for British universities.

The audit identified as ‘good practice’ the meticulous attention given to the establishment, development and integration of the University’s Dubai campus. The panel praised Middlesex Dubai for the meticulous methods and detailed attention to quality matters, and perhaps more importantly for assuring learning opportunities in Dubai are comparable to those available to students in London. Middlesex University’s Dubai campus is the first and only UAE campus of a London university that has participated in the QAA’s institutional audit.

The QAA is an independent body that provides an integrated quality assurance service for UK higher education institutions. The Agency promotes public confidence that quality of provision and standards of awards in higher education are being safeguarded and enhanced. The Agency’s reviews cover public and private higher education in universities and colleges, including arrangements for collaboration with overseas partners; and by assessing the quality and standards of teaching and learning at subject level. These activities result in reports that are available to the public, as printed publications and on their website. For more information see:www.qaa.ac.uk.

Dubai Government’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority


Middlesex University Dubai is licensed by the Government of Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Established in 2006 by royal decree, the KHDA is responsible for licensure and quality assurance across the entire education and human development continuum covering schools and higher education institutions in the Emirate of Dubai.

In addition to annual licensure, all programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are reviewed by the KHDA’s University Quality Assurance International Board or UQAIB, which is a Board of influential academics and quality assurance experts from all over the world that has been assigned the responsibility for setting standards across international higher education on offer in the Emirate. The review conducted by UQAIB for academic year 2012-2013 was based on the Equivalency Validation Model which essentially required that the University demonstrate the quality of programmes taught in Dubai are equivalent to those at the home campus in London. Subsequently the Board placed ‘high level of confidence in the quality of programmes offered’ at Middlesex University Dubai. For more information see:www.khda.gov.ae/en/search/Details.aspx?InsID=182 .

Middlesex MBA Tops Forbes Middle East MBA Programme Ranking in Dubai

Forbes Middle East Magazine in their March 2012 issue has ranked the Middlesex MBA as the number one MBA in Dubai. The top ranking is an affirmation of the unique attributes of the Middlesex MBA which are :

  • UK Degree with a comprehensive business management syllabus.
  • A multi-cultural cohort that work in a range of industries and businesses
  • Outstanding full time faculty with industry experience based in Dubai
  • A range of specializations : Business Excellence, Finance, International Business, Marketing, and Operations & Logistics
  • Invited faculty from the top international businesses
  • Four Applied Learning Experiences and Four Executive Skills Development activities – away from the classroom.
  • International experience with a well-established international field trip to Paris or Milan.
  • A range of practical assessments for each module spread out over the term
  • A project-based MBA that can be taken further in setting up a business or has consultancy applications.