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In 2001, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said established the Accreditation Council (OAC) for higher education by Royal Decree. This was done in recognition that the spectacular growth in higher education that the Sultanate has enjoyed over recent years must also be accompanied with an equal emphasis on quality. In 2010, a Royal Decree was issued to establish the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) as an independent body reporting to the Education Council and replacing the former OAC.

The purpose of the OAAA is to set the standards for higher education institutions and programs, to accredit institutions and programs against those standards, and to develop and maintain the Oman Qualifications Framework. Our ultimate goal is for Oman`s graduates to stand as equals in the company of the world`s best educated people, to be able to compete in local and international job markets, and to participate effectively in building this beloved country.

The OAAA recognises that the most effective means of advancing the quality of higher education is through strong and constructive relationships between all stakeholders, especially between the Ministry of Higher Education, the OAAA and higher education institutions. Together, we are developing and providing not only standards and accreditation services, but also training, networking and information sharing opportunities. This website provides you with access to many of our services. It will evolve over time as these services come online.

The development of a top quality higher education sector is a never-ending mission. We, the Board members and staff of the OAAA, are committed to doing our part.

H.E Dr. Abdullah Al Sarmi

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