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Accreditation

USEK is committed to provide students with an excellent learning experience by a strong focus on teaching and learning, quality assurance, research, campus life and facilities. Continuous improvement and excellence are the key points of USEK current activities and strategic planning. USEK has incorporated e-learning to support student learning and provided its faculty with a professional certification in teaching and learning from notorious international institutions. USEK has also created a center of teaching excellence for the continuous development of faculty qualifications and sharing best practices in teaching and learning. Moreover, in order to enhance students’ employability, USEK has adopted a new program framework based on learning outcomes defined in collaboration with local and international employers. USEK did voluntary seek international external evaluation and accreditation. After a long process of evaluation and enhancement, USEK has obtained in 2012 the European institutional accreditation for from EVALAG for five years.

Institutional Evaluation Program

In September 2009, USEK has completed an Institutional Evaluation Program conducted by the European Association of Universities (EUA) and became the first university in the Middle East that conducts such an evaluation programme.


The Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is an independent membership service of the European University Association (EUA), the representative organization of universities and national rectors’ conferences in 47 European countries. IEP is a full member of ENQA (the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) and is listed in EQAR (the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education). Created in 1994, IEP ensures that higher education institutions gain maximum benefit from a comprehensive evaluation conducted by a team of experienced higher education leaders. To date, IEP evaluation teams have carried out nearly to 400 evaluations and follow-up evaluations of diverse higher education institutions in 45 countries worldwide.

This evaluation programme conducted lasted for an entire year. Following the auto-evaluation phase which extended over more than 6 months, USEK hosted, twice, a team of 5 experts from the EUA. The experts did not only evaluate the action plan and the applied practices inside the university, but they have also met the majority of officials, a group of students, as well as different stakeholders involved in the university community (Director of Higher Education in Lebanon, representatives of NGOs and associations, entrepreneurs, etc.).

See more: Press conference

European Institutional Reaccreditation

Conducting a European Institutional Accreditation at USEK was to assure that the university is in a continuous process of improvement and that strategic vision and practices meet the European standards.

The European Institutional Accreditation was initially granted to USEK in December 2012 for a five-year period and in June 2017, the Accreditation Commission of evalag officially reaccredited USEK, thus re-awarding the evalag international label for Institutional Accreditation for another five years until 2022.

The German institution, evalag EVALUATIONSAGENTUR BADEN – WÜRTTEMBERG. evalag is an active member of ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register), CEENQA (Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education), DeGEval (Gesellschaft für Evaluation e.V., German Evaluation Society), and INQAAHE (International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education).

In February this year, USEK invited the evalag expert panel to visit and re-evaluate USEK,and the final decision for renewed accreditation for a further five years is expected in June 2017.

evalag is known as a centre of competence for quality assurance and enhancement and a source of support for higher education institutions and other scientific institutions, with commitment for good quality in teaching and learning, research and other services.

See more: Press conference – Initial accreditation 2012

matrix Accreditation for the Student Support Services

In 2015, USEK became the first university in Lebanon and the region to gain accreditation for its student support services, which aims to ensure its commitment to offer high quality services to its students for their welfare on campus, and ultimately for supporting them in their learning, career and life goals.


The student support services at USEK have successfully gained the matrix accreditation, confirming that all areas of the services provided by the following offices met the matrix standard, recognizing that the continuous quality improvement is ensured and supported by the Quality Assurance and Institutional Effectiveness Office:
  • Orientation Office
  • Registrar Office
  • Student Affairs Office
  • Social Service Office
  • International Affairs Office (international students’ services)
  • Careers Services Office
  • Quality Assurance and Institutional Effectiveness Office

The matrix standard is the established quality standard within the UK for organizations delivering information, advice and/or guidance services.

The process of obtaining the student support services accreditation undertaken by Assessment Services Ltd lasted for one year. It was launched at the beginning of the academic year 2014-2015 with a consultative site visit by a matrix advisor and was completed following the 3 day on-site assessment visit held in July 2015, during which the matrix assessor had individual and group meetings with the University administration, directors and staff of the concerned offices, students, and external partners such as schools and employers.

The Annual Continuous Improvement Checks for years 2016 and 2017 were respectively held in July 2016 and July 2017 thus confirming that USEK is successfully maintaining the Matrix Accreditation.
Accredited Programs – Computing and Engineering

Computing Programs

Two Computing Programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org,the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.



These programs are listed as follows:

Faculty of Sciences:


Engineering Programs

Seven Engineering Programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

These programs are listed as follows:

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences:
Faculty of Engineering:


To know more about ABET, please click on the following link: Why Accreditation Matters

Accredited Programs – Social Sciences and Humanities

In June 2017, eight Social Sciences and Humanities programs received the International Accreditation by the Accreditation Commission of evalag, EVALUATIONSAGENTUR BADEN–WÜRTTEMBERG

evalag, known as a center of competence for quality assurance and enhancement and a source of support for higher education institutions and other scientific institutions, with commitment for good quality in teaching and learning, research and other services.

Faculty of Letters:
Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities:
Ongoing Accreditation – Business Programs

USEK is pursuing excellence and continuous improvement throughout all its programs. With regard to the business programs, the Faculty of Business and Commercial Sciences is currently engaged with the AACSB accreditation process and will submit its Initial Self Evaluation Report (iSER) soon.

AACSB stands for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – the global association of leaders in education and business, dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.

Our AACSB assigned mentor is Dr. Chris Wert (ISC Paris). Chris is Dean for Accreditation, Quality and International Strategy at ISC Paris. Chris Wert has both French and American nationalities. He has a doctorate in law from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts and taught at Paris Dauphine before becoming Dean of the BBA and MBA Programs at Groupe ESG / PGSM and more recently Associate Dean for Accreditation and International Development at Telecom Business School, which obtained both AACSB and AMBA accreditation during his tenure. He has long been involved in accreditation, primarily with AACSB where he currently mentors several European and Middle Eastern schools through the accreditation process. He has delivered several workshops and presentations for AACSB and was a former co-president of the AACSB European Affinity Group. Prior to his involvement with AACSB, he was a peer reviewer for the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) where he also sat on the Board of Directors. In addition to his accreditation work, he is responsible for developing and implementing ISC international strategy.
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