Q. Is Ubiquity University accredited?
A. Yes. Ubiquity University is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) in the United Kingdom. ASIC is recognized by the British Government Home Office and is a member of the British Quality Foundation. ASIC is an affiliate of the European Network for Quality Assurance (ENQA) and an institutional member of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN). Accreditation by ASIC conforms to the educational standards of Britain and the European Union. ASIC is also a member of the U.S. Council on Higher Education’s International Quality Group (CIQG) and conforms to the highest U.S. educational standards. ASIC accredits 320 colleges and universities in 60 countries around the world.
Q. What else is Ubiquity doing to ensure its quality as an academic institution?
A. Ubiquity University is an Institutional Member of Quality International Study Abroad Network (QISAN). QISAN members demonstrate professional and ethical practice in recruitment and delivery of high quality and relevant programmes of study. QISAN members must also demonstrate a caring and supportive attitude to students as well as having a strict code of discipline regarding attendance and study practices. Ubiquity University is also a Member of the Global Universities in Distance Education Association (GUIDE), founded in 2005 by Marconi University (Rome, Italy) with the aim to develop and support international cooperation and open and distance learning worldwide. GUIDE promotes the implementation of innovative results, insights and best practices in order to identify present, emergent and future needs of stakeholders and highlight potential areas for strategic partnership and transnational cooperation. At Ubiquity we also use the Online Learning Consortium’s Quality Scorecard for continual review, assessment and improvement of our organization and products.
Q. Will my Ubiquity degree be recognized by other universities?
A. Yes. Accredited universities all over the world are recognized as accredited by other universities. However, no university is obliged to accept a degree from any other university and no university is obliged to accept transfer courses. Even if a university accepts a student, they seldom accept all the courses the student seeks to transfer, especially for students transferring from one country to another. It is always a negotiation. By providing students with a detailed portfolio of all the competencies they demonstrate, with links to evidence, we believe Ubiquity is giving students the best possible chance of having their degree accepted by another university.
Q. Will my Ubiquity degree be recognized by an employer?
A. Ubiquity competency-based credentials are already being recognized by employers and training organizations (e.g.The International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) which is the leading public sector human resource organization in the world, the Intercontinental Institute for Human Resource Management (IIHRM), Lions Club, AIESEC). Ubiquity degrees should be recognized, in the same way that employers should recognize a degree from any accredited university. The challenge for anyone holding a degree from any university, is the fact that employers are increasingly interested in the competencies someone has developed and demonstrated in their studies, not so much in the degree credential itself. They want to know what you have proven you can do. A student’s Ubiquity competence portfolio, full of competency-based badges and evidence, on top of the degree credential, perfectly positions them for the employment market. Increasingly, being able to show how competent you are is the key to getting hired. Competency portfolios are quickly emerging as equally if not more important than degrees. At Ubiquity, you can build your competency portfolio in ways not available at any other university we know of.
Q. What value do Ubiquity competency-based badges have?
A. Ubiquity badges, unlike many badges out there, are tied into a rigorous competence, assessment and credentialing framework. They really mean something. They show somebody what competence you have actually demonstrated, as well as the evidence you needed to produce in order to be awarded the badge. Ubiquity badges are part of Ubiquity UbiCert Global Standard Credentials ®, which means that they are tied into industry standards for competence and credentials. The badges are benchmarked to the Australian national qualification framework which has official correlates to the European Qualification Framework (ESCO) and the ASEAN qualifications framework. This makes it possible to map your competence portfolio to qualifications around the world. You can share them to your LinkedIn profile, with a direct link back to a dedicated page about the badge. With employers ever more interested in competencies, your Ubiquity UbiCert® badges seriously increase your employability. The following government departments, universities and employers have used the same validated competency credentialing system that is used at Ubiquity:
- Australian Government – Department of Industry
- Queensland Government – Department of Education
- Kangan Institute
- Victoria University
- Deakin University
- Tasmanian Government – Rapid Response Unit
- Sunraysia Institute
- United Transport Solutions
- Goulburn Ovens TAFE
- Online Courses Australia
- Government of South Australia – Automotive Transformation Taskforce
- National Training
- Applied Training Solutions
- JPR Training and People Solutions