ADEC signs MoU with AdvancED seeking International Accreditation of its public and private schools

03/03/2010

Abu Dhabi: A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Abu Dhabi Education Council and Advance Education, Inc., the leading US school accreditation entity. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, Director General of ADEC and Mr. Rob Leveille, Vice President of International Services of AdvancED signed the MoU.
“This MoU comes in line with ADEC’s 10-Year Strategic Plan aiming to achieve Abu Dhabi Government Economic Vision 2030″ Dr. Mugheer said.
Dr. Al-Khaili added that ADEC and AdvancED are willing to enhance quality of schools and educational services through providing accreditation services to schools that meet AdvancED requirements in accordance with its standards, policies and procedures.
He pointed out that AdvancED is considered one of the world’s largest education community serving 27000 public and private schools and systems across USA and 65 countries worldwide. “AdvancED has the expertise to assist in the establishment of the infrastructures needed to implement effective system-wide school improvement and accreditation systems”, he added.
” ADEC is keen on achieving excellence in Abu Dhabi education sector and we are confident that the MoU will have a positive impact on the quality of schools in Abu Dhabi”, Dr. Al-Khaili said.
Providing technical assistance in establishing functioning operational systems to include school system governance, leadership structures, training and certification programs, policies & processes for personnel procurement, placement & evaluation and program evaluation is among the areas of collaboration stated in the MoU.
ADEC and AdvanceEd will develop a professional learning and training initiative to be presented to teachers, school principals & leaders and educators to create the framework by which schools, school systems and QA Review Teams implement the required accreditation process and protocols to create quality educational systems that best serve Abu Dhabi students.
Dr. Al-Khaili said that ADEC will provide AdvancED with physical location and all equipment & supplies necessary to establish and maintain their operations in Abu Dhabi. ” the AdvancED regional office in Abu Dhabi will be created to implement and support all AdvancED programs throughout UAE and the region”, Added Dr. Al-Khaili.
AdvacED will select and employ Director of Accreditation for the UAE office along with staff and administrative personnel. Furthermore, it will provide access to a web-based management system to support the accreditation system for all candidates and subsequently accredited schools in Abu Dhabi.
However, AdvancED may enter into a formal agreement to provide assess to ASSIST (Adaptive System of School Improvement Tools) for the schools and school systems in Abu Dhabi.
The MoU shall be for a five-year term and during the third year; both Parties will review the implementation of the Accreditation System and other provisions for its subsequent renewals.