Licensure and Accreditation

  • Licensure (Registration):

    • Governmental initial approval process for institutions to confer academic awards;

    • focuses on minimum criteria such as : Fiscal, Managerial capacity, sustainability and general academic content (Usually only to categorize/classify an Institution).

    • Assumed by the office of the directorate of Higher Education

    • Intended to formally allowing institutions to commence operation

    • Valid for 2 years ( During this period the institution has to apply for Institutional accreditation by NAAAA)


  • Institutional Accreditation :

    • An accreditation process that focuses on the quality of the Institution as a whole.

    • Criteria to be evaluated : Mission, Governance , effective management, Academic program, teaching staff, learning resources (Library, laboratories and educational technology), student and student services, physical facilities and financial resources.

    • Conducted by an independent quality Assurance agency (NAAAA)

    • Approval of field of study and the correspondent level. (Ex : An University focusing on particular fields and approved to offer programs up to certain level : Diplomas, Bachelor, Master or Doctoral )

    • Valid for a period of 5 years. During this 5 years the institutions need to provide their annual progress report

    • The Annual progress review serves as a tool to monitor the progress and developments of institutions as part of continuous improvement process.

  • Program Accreditation

    • Conducted after an Institutions of HE has been granted Licensure and Initial Institutional accreditation

    • Conducted by an independent quality Assurance agency (NAAAA)

    • Involves a judgment that the quality and standards are appropriate for the award to which it leads.

    • Valid for 5 years