Rabdan Academy, the safety, security, defence, emergency preparedness, and crisis management (SSDEC) specialist institution, has obtained international accreditation from the UK’s City and Guilds organisation.

As a globally recognised centre accredited by City and Guilds, Rabdan Academy will be able to offer specialised professional development programmes that are internationally recognised. This accreditation aligns with the academy's strategic vision for 2025, with the aim of becoming a leading educational, training, and research institution in its areas of expertise.

James Morse, President of Rabdan Academy, said that this accomplishment signifies a significant milestone in the academy's journey to global excellence. Morse said it was important to provide high-quality education and training that aligns with the best international standards and practices, highlighting that the acquisition of the City and Guilds accreditation was testament to the academy's pioneering efforts and its commitment to empowering government talents on a global scale.

Dr Tony Degazon, Regional Manager at City and Guilds, said: “We at City and Guilds are delighted to bestow our prestigious international accreditation upon Rabdan Academy, recognising its sterling contributions to the fields of safety, security, defence, emergency preparedness and crisis management. This accolade not only aligns with the academy's vision for 2025 but also underlines our shared commitment towards fostering global excellence in education and professional development.

“Rabdan Academy's unyielding commitment to empowering talents at a global scale, evidenced by their track record of outstanding training programmes and high satisfaction rates, sets a benchmark for institutions worldwide. We look forward to supporting them as they continue to shape future leaders and advance capacity building on an international stage.”

As part of the accreditation, Rabdan Academy will offer a range of specialised vocational training programmes that lead to internationally recognised certificates, including Level 3 Award in Education and Training, Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, and Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.

Dr Muna Abdulla Balfaqeeh, Director of Vocational Education Affairs at Rabdan Academy, said the academy would continue to provide the necessary skills and capabilities to advance the training process in line with the highest quality standards.

Dr Balfaqeeh said: “Rabdan Academy will collaborate with its partners to offer programmes that enrich the UAE’s professional development system and support the development of exceptional and specialised government professionals.”

Rabdan Academy offers an integrated set of high-quality training programmes and courses, attracting scholarship students from various national and international organisations, and contributing to enhancing high-level strategic skills and capabilities in the SSDEC areas.

Rabdan Academy has conducted more than 2,900 courses and training programmes with over 60,000 participants, resulting in a 95 per cent satisfaction rate among the trainees.