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Tuesday 23 January 2018 (UAE)   

Hillford University Dubai

University name Hillford University Dubai
Director's name
Executive body or owner
Date founded
Number of students (approx)
Number of staff (approx)
Type of institute private university
University location / area (no map)
Postal address Dubai, UAE
Email info@hillforduniversity.com
Website www.hillforduniversity.com
Curriculum online, US
University fees 30,000-70,000 dhs per year (2013-2014)
Lecturer salary range
Student satisfaction rating
3 stars from 16 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
1 star from 1 vote.    
Lecturer job satisfaction rating
(by lecturers, not about lecturers)
3 stars from 5 votes.    

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Date established or opened, location, contact details, owner's name, head's name, not supplied (for HU in the UAE). Dubai used as a guess not because any information indicated the university had a presence in Dubai. Hillford University (Hilford) is an online university with a USA based telephone number. Unknown where it actually is physically, or if it is just on the internet somewhere. HU is offering scholarships to UAE based students, but unknown what that really means, it might be marketing-speak for a discount on the normal "rack rate" tuition fees, and might be given to anyone who applies - obviously classroom capacity is effectively unlimited for an online university, so giving away seats to "scholarship" students does not mean the university misses out on profit from a full fee paying student.

But as far as we know, HU does not have a real physical presence in the UAE, is not accredited by the KHDA or UAE Ministry of Higher Education, and is not accredited by any officially recognized USA based accrediting agency. The International Accreditation Organisation (IAO) listed on their website for example is not recognized by any official authority or government ministry in the USA as an accrediting body. Apparently the University of Antarctica was accredited by the IAO which might give some indication of their accreditation standards and requirements.

Hilford University website looks similar to Hadley University, and the UAE scholarship marketing program looks the same. A number of sources also claim both universities are fake, whatever that means. Unknown if that means both universities under the same parent organisation, or different names for the same university, or is just an unusual coincidence.

Last update 08 January 2014
General comments - might not apply to Hillford University Dubai
  • 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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