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FEASIBILITY OF APPLYING INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION TO THE INTERIOR DESIGN PROGRAM

N. Sami AbdelAziz Mahmoud

Ajman University of Science & Technology (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
The Interior Design Program at the College of Engineering, Ajman University of Science and Technology is an advanced program and the most specific in the UAE, as per the Committee of Academic Accreditation Final Report upon the Re-Accreditation process in 2012. Yet nothing is perfect, and the need to develop continually is an essential aspect of life. Reaching an internationally competitive level is necessary to accomplish successfully the courses’ syllabus and contents. Reaching the official internationally recognized level of performance also brings with it great credibility to any professional program. Concerning the professional international accreditation for the Interior Design (ID) Program, the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is the ultimate goal.

Accreditation is the process in which certification of competency, authority, or credibility is obtained. Higher education accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of post-secondary educational institutions or an external body are awarded. This in turn determines if applicable standards are met. If they are, accredited status is granted by the agency.
In most countries around the world, the function of educational accreditation for higher education is conducted by a government organization or entity, such as a ministry of education.

This paper shall follow an analytical study, with detailed summary points to follow if the program proceeds in the requesting of the international accreditation "CIDA". This study will begin by introducing "CIDA" in terms of both 'student learning expectations' and 'program expectations', the General Restrictions for ID applications and the analytic approach of its standards. We will also explore its feasibility within the current program setup, and identify areas that either need development, or do not, within the existing program of Interior Design - Ajman University of Science and Technology - AUST.]