ZU_award_presentation(Above from left to right: Asma Obaid, (Director of Student Affairs, Zayed University Dubai) Shamsa Al Taie (Director of Student Affairs, Zayed University Abu Dhabi) Larry Wilson, (Provost, Zayed University), David Kelly and Andrea Naylor (Career Services, Zayed University) Mark Wem, (Representing emqc Ltd UK)

Zayed University becomes the first institution outside the UK to be accredited for the UK matrix Standard award in Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG). This launches the availability of the Standard for organisations outside of the UK to work towards this rigorous Standard which supports the delivery of high quality IAG and continuous quality improvement.

Larry Wilson, Provost, Zayed University said “Achievement of the matrix Standard by our Career Services colleagues is international verification of what a decade of Zayed University graduates already know, the people in this unit are extremely effective in helping our graduates find successful and rewarding careers. We are so proud of these people for their dedication to achieve the matrix Standard.”

Dave Allan, Managing Director, emqc Ltd, said: “I’m delighted the Careers Service covering the Abu Dhabi and Dubai campuses of Zayed University has become the first organisation to be accredited internationally against the matrix quality Standard for Information Advice and Guidance services. This achievement is testimony to the service’s aim of raising the profile of career guidance within the University and in the UAE, which will lead to effective employment of Graduates”

Mark Wem, International matrix Assessor, emqc Ltdsaid “What impressed me throughout the assessment process was the positive feedback gained, internally and externally, from representatives of partner organisations. It highlighted the way Careers Service staff approach partnership working and this was evident in the innovative and creative way they provide opportunities for students experiencing work for the first time.”

Gordon Slaven, British Council Director in UAE, said “We are delighted that Zayed University is the first institution outside the UK to be accredited with the UK matrix Standard award. This is a significant achievement for the University and we are proud to help them celebrate their success. Careers advice is a critical area for both our countries, ensuring young people make informed and realistic career decisions which meet employers’ needs and address skills gaps.”

For further information on using the matrix Standard internationally, please contact emqc on 0845 304 8600 or email us at info@emqc.co.uk