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First archive and records management course to receive CILIP accreditation


First archive and records management course to receive CILIP accreditation

CILIP is delighted to announce that the archives and records management undergraduate course at Middle East College in Oman has become the first of its kind to receive CILIP accreditation, recognising that it provides solid preparation for professional practice and a suitable base for anybody entering the information and archive profession.

The Bachelor of Science in Archives and Records Management gained formal CILIP accreditation following the institution’s assessment visit on 22nd January 2019.

Helen Berry, CILIP’s Workforce Development Manager said “With our second accredited provider in the Oman and our first ever archives and records management programme world-wide, Middle East College is a valuable addition to a growing global network of learning providers that offer quality assurance for students pursuing a career in the information, knowledge and archive professions.”

Independent assessor, Graham Bulpitt, particularly praised the close links with the National Records and Archives Authority, the integration of discipline-based content with a broader range of modules to develop students’ generic skills and the use of a wider range of feedback to maintain a high quality programme.

Dr. Hazem Ali, Head of Department and Dr Ezzat Saad Hassan, Programme Manager expressed delight at joining the CILIP family after working for two years to gain accreditation.

CILIP’s learning provider accreditation programme is designed to help students choose information career programmes that cover the essential skills and knowledge, and have been rigorously assessed by CILIP. Accredited programmes are assessed using the CILIP PKSB which identifies the core knowledge and skills of the very broad information profession.

Middle East College is the second CILIP accredited learning provider in Oman and the fourth in the Gulf.

About Middle East College

Middle East College (MEC) is one of the leading higher education institutions in the Sultanate of Oman serving students from the region and around the world. Located in the Knowledge Oasis Muscat, the college offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in different areas of Engineering, Business, Technology and Logistics Management in academic partnership with Coventry University, UK, University of Wolverhampton, UK and NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands).

About CILIP Accreditation for Learning Providers

There are currently 23 CILIP accredited Learning Providers offering 78 programmes and 5 stand-alone modules in a broad range of information related subjects from Data Science to International Archives, Records and Information Management.

Header photo taken at The National Records and Archives Authority with (from left to right) Dr Saleh Hamed Nasser Al Shaaibi, Associate Dean – Students Affairs and External Relations, Middle East College; Dr Hazen Ali, Head of the Department of Records Management and Archival Studies, Middle East College; Dr G.R. Kiran, Dean, Middle East College; Dr. Abdullah Saif Ahmed Al Sabahi, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Middle East College; His Excellency, Dr Hamad Al-Dhawyani, Chairman of the National Records and Archives Authority, Sultanate of Oman; Graham Bulpitt, Independent Assessor; CILIP Helen Berry, Workforce Development Manager, CILIP.


Press release 

Published:  24 January 2019


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