The Chinese Service Center of Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE), an affiliation to the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, announced on 15 August 2018 the accreditation of all degree programmes offered by University College Dublin (UCD) delivered via Kaplan in Singapore (Degrees awarded through Kaplan Higher Education Academy from July 2011 and Kaplan Higher Education Institute from March 2016).

This is the third accreditation to be awarded in 2018, following closely with the same accreditation awarded to two of Kaplan’s other university partners, Murdoch University and Royal Holloway, University of London in May 2018 and July 2018 respectively.

As the number of Chinese students pursuing overseas education increases, one of CSCSE’s primary roles is to provide the necessary professional services and support for them during their studies abroad and after they return. In its effort to offer more employment opportunities to returning graduates from foreign institutions, the CSCSE conducts extensive and thorough reviews of select transnational programmes and confers accreditations to worthy institutions. The recognition of the degrees from these accredited institutions will give Chinese graduates more options in public service, global and multi-national organisations, and the private sector.

Both UCD and Kaplan in Singapore are honoured to receive this accreditation, testifying to the strength of the partnership established since 1991, as well as the quality of programmes delivered through it.

Dr Brian Fynes, Associate Dean (International), UCD College of Business, says “Together with Kaplan in Singapore, we have produced many graduates, of which includes Chinese nationals as well. Many of them, upon graduation, have moved on to establish their careers in notable MNCs and global companies. To receive this additional accreditation from the Chinese Government is truly an honour. Our Chinese graduates can now look forward to even more opportunities to contribute back to their nation, both in the private sector, and the public service.

Associate Professor Rhys Johnson, Chief Operating Officer and Provost of Kaplan, Singapore’s award-winning and leading private education institution, says:

“We extend our biggest congratulations to University College Dublin, an elite business school ranked amongst top 1% of institutions worldwide, and holding the Triple-Crown accreditation. Many quality graduates have been produced through our long-standing partnership of over 26 years, enabling them to establish careers in notable MNCs and global companies. Receiving this accreditation from CSCSE for the third time, this time with UCD, is definitely a further encouragement for us to continue being committed to offering quality programmes, to which have benefitted more than 65,000 graduates through Kaplan since 2007.”

Currently offering Business Bachelor’s Degree programmes across 9 pathways and specialised disciplines for postgraduate programmes, University College Dublin and Kaplan will continue to assess and introduce degree programmes that students have passion in and be industry-relevant in their career pursuits.