Degree awarding Powers

Universities, Colleges and other Educational Institutions of further and higher education may only award academic degrees legally if they have a relevant approval or license granting them degree awarding powers. In most countries, such degree awarding powers are granted by a governmental body and ensure the educational institution’s legitimacy.

However, in some countries, like the USA, where such powers are not awarded by a national or federal government body, degree awarding powers alone are no guarantee of the quality of education and academic standard of the institution and its programs.

It is therefore important to also understand how an institution is accredited or otherwise recognised and therefore how the qualifications it awards are accepted by other institutions and by the industry.

Accreditation / Recognition

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of further and higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.

Accreditation differs from country to country. The below list identifies legitimate and widely recognised bodies internationally and also forms a pre-requisite for an Institution to be listed in e-uniguide.

Accreditation/Recognition by Country and e-uniguide listing pre-requisite