The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has established a National Qualifications Authority (NQA). A federal decree to establish the Authority was issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in late 2010. The authority will be affiliated to the Cabinet, have independent legal status and full legal capacity to act in accordance with the Federal Decree No. 1 for the year 2010.
The establishment of a national qualifications authority is a response to the vision for learning in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and articulated through a range of Federal and Emirate strategies. To meet this vision, a project "called the Qualifications Framework Project" was initiated in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, "to create an open and inclusive environment in which every individual's learning is valued and recognised, leading to a highly knowledgeable and skilled society in a competitive world".
To further the establishment of the NQA, the NQA Steering Committee recommended an interim organisational structure, pending the appointment of members to the Board and the Director General and Deputy Director General. In this way the Committee initiated the start-up process of giving life to the organisation by mobilising and recruiting of key personnel to assist it secure premises, identify resources and build organisational capability.
For more information on organization and its objective please visit www.qualifications.ae.