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Tuesday 23 January 2018 (UAE)   

Campus Educational Institute in Dubai

College name Campus Educational Institute
Director's name
Executive body or owner Nandan Balakrishnan
Date founded
Number of students (approx)
Number of staff (approx)
Type of institute private college
College location / area Al Maskan Building, behind Lulu Hypermarket, Karama (no map)
Postal address PO Box 35247, Dubai, UAE
Telephone +971-4-3373097
Fax +971-4-3377133
Email camped@emirates.net.ae
Curriculum Indian
College fees
Instructor salary range
Student satisfaction rating
2 stars from 37 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
1 star from 3 votes.    
Instructor job satisfaction rating
(by instructors, not about instructors)
1 star from 4 votes.    

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Campus Educational Institute (CEI) Dubai courses and programs
  • CEI is a training institute that facilitates programs and courses offered by other universities and colleges overseas including:
    • Madras University, India - CEI is an off-campus center of the MU Institute of Distance Education
    • National Institute of Open Schooling India (NIOS).
  • As with any training institute in the UAE, CEI does not award its own degrees, and is not accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education, but is licensed by the KHDA in Dubai.
03 February 2011 - Campus Educational Institute Karama closed?
  • Xpress (Gulf News) reports that the Campus Educational Institute Karama has closed? Xpress said P.R. Rajeshwari, a teacher with the private Campus Educational Institute in Karama, an authorised distance education centre for the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) in Delhi, said the centre suddenly shut down last December, leaving 18 students who had registered for the Class XII exams in the lurch.
  • Website domain according to some sources is www.campus-edu.com but is spam when checked.
01 August 2010 - UAE students can attend Madras varsity exams (Emirates Business 24-7)
  • Emirates Business reports that Campus Educational Insititute (CEI) students can sit their Madras University exams.
  • Nandan Balakrishnan of the CEI, said "All students who have written the examination will get their results by August 30. Those who were unable to write the examination will be allowed to do so in November,"
  • Apparently CEI are moving to Ras Al Khaimah. Mr Balakrishnan also said, in reference to the outstanding fees owed to Madras University, "The payment has been made. There was a delay in payment because of certain difficulties in shifting the campus from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah,"
  • No information about the new RAK location supplied, or found on the CEI website (domain www.campus_middleeast.net not available) or Facebook page.
30 July 2010 - Times of India reports - NRI takes Madras university for a ride (27 July 2010) and Indian consulate in Dubai to help cheated students (30 July 2010)

The Times of India reported on 27 July 2010 that Nandan Balakrishnan, the founder of CEI, and a Non-Resident Indian (NRI), had taken students and the Madras University "... for a royal ride by allegedly siphoning off several lakh rupees collected as fees..."

  • The University of Madras withheld examination results for some students, and did not allow other students to sit exams.
  • The report said MU/UOM was owed Rs 30 lakh (AED 235,000) by the CEI.
  • G Thiruvasagam, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Madras, called it a "scam", saying "We learnt about the scam only when a girl whose result was withheld showed us the fee receipt, issued by the Dubai centre, during the monthly grievance redressal meeting here,"
  • A 30 July report in the Times of India said that the Indian Consulate in Dubai was assisting students to resolve the issue. CEI students can email their Madras University enrolment papers to education@cgidubai.com before 09 August 2010, and the consulate will forward them to Madras University.
  • Website domain www.campus_middleeast.net seen in some sources for CEI but not available when checked.
  • There appears to be a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5141826247. Unclear if it is an official or unofficial CEI page. No useful information found on it anyway when checked.
  • CEI does not appear to be related to the similarly named Campus Education Institute UAE, and Campus Education Institute in Sharjah.
07 February 2010 - Gulf News report - Authorities crack down on dishonest institutes

Campus Education Institute (CEI) was mentioned in a Gulf News report as one of several training institutes that appear to be "fraudulently offering degree programmes". Some reported comments about CEI were:

  • A former (unnamed) student said "We passed our BBA from Madras University in the year 2007 through Campus Educational Institute but our problem is that after two years of passing we haven't received our degree certificates, ... When we personally enquired from the university, we found out that the manager Mr Nandan had not paid enough cash in spite of taking all our tuition fees and there was no record of one of our exam papers."
  • Nandan Balakrishnan, spokesperson at the CEI, said to the Gulf News "All the students who have appeared for the undergraduate programmes in the above year have received the mark lists from the university, [with the exception of] one or two."
  • With respect to compliance with courses that CEI is permitted to offer according to its licence Mohammad Darwish, the KHDA Regulation and Compliance Commission Chief, said "As is evidentů this training institute is offering courses or activities they are not supposed to offer."
  • And Mr Balakrishnan said "...about the KHDA approval, we have not received any intimation from them so far. During the last inspection of the KHDA, we have been asked to include all the activities in our professional licence and give an undertaking that we will not run any courses which are not in the licence." Whatever that means.
Last update 30 July 2010
General comments - might not apply to Campus Educational Institute
  • Fees, facilities, education quality varies widely. Allow extra fees for visa, transport, accommodation.
  • Salaries, accommodation, other benefits for lecturer jobs vary substantially. Check contracts carefully for medical, housing, flight allowances, etc.
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