Continuing Education Center granted international accreditation

​​​​Safa Jafari Safa, ss152@aub.edu.lb, Office of Communications​​

​​​​​The Continuing Education Center (CEC) at AUB's Office of Regional External Program's (REP) has been granted accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) in Washington. The first to be awarded to a university in the region, it is a renewable accreditation for a period of three years.​

Building competency and skills in a rich variety of areas, from taxation, to aviation management, to real estate and counseling, CEC programs offer opportunities for high quality, lifelong learning and professional growth, aligned with international standards. Its courses and activities offer a wide variety of new skills and professional knowledge that complement formal schooling to learners at all professional and educational levels, from diverse personal and cultural backgrounds. Partnering with AUB faculties and centers, CEC aims to serve the local and regional community, expanding its list of courses that are thoroughly online. The accredited CEC programs include 31 certificates and nine diplomas in eight different categories: business and management, cultural and humanitarian studies, education, fine arts, foreign languages, health care (soft skills), media and communications, and science and technology.

“For more than four decades AUB, through the CEC, has been spearheading the continuing education sector in the region," said Ziad Shaaban, CEC director. “With ongoing innovation, expansion, and laser-sharp focus on quality, the CEC has been ever growing as the go-to entity for professional development and continuing education among working professionals and organizations in Lebanon and the region." Over the past decade, the annual CEC student count has multiplied from 700 to more than 2,000 today.

The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) is a voluntary group of educational organizations affiliated for the purpose of improving continuing education and training, promulgating and sustaining the Standards for Accreditation along with policies and procedures that measure and ensure educational standards of quality. ACCET is recognized by the US Secretary of Education and, accordingly, is listed by the US Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.​

At AUB, ACCET represents an organizational commitment and strategic plan for quality training. The peer review evaluation process serves to keep programs current, relevant, and educationally-sound. The accreditation also assists institutions seeking contracts with government agencies that often require accreditation as a condition to bid on training proposals.

AUB CEC has now become listed in the American Council on Education's Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education Directory and the CHEA Almanac of External Quality Review, which are widely utilized by government agencies, military services, and corporations for identifying credible education and training organizations relative to establishing tuition reimbursement policies.

With ACCET accreditation, CEC students can use internationally transferable Continuing Education Units (CEUs), trusting the administrative and instructional capabilities attested to according to international standards. With an international license, and renewed commitment to set criteria, doors for expanded partnership and support are already opening, attesting the quality of instructors, courses, and management.

“The ACCET accreditation is yet another affirmation of the stellar work that the instructors, administrators, and managers of the CEC have been doing over the years. If it wasn't for the collaborative effort of all CEC's team, instructors and staff alike, as well as the university's unwavering support through its various faculties and unit​s, we wouldn't have achieved this milestone," said Shaaban.