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Richford University Dubai

University name Richford 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 online only (no map)
Postal address Dubai, UAE
Telephone
Fax
Email
Website www.richforduniversity.com
Curriculum online, US
Qualifications MBA, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate degrees
University fees 22,000-44,000 dhs per year (2013-2014)
Lecturer salary range
Student satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 10 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
5 stars from 1 vote.    
Lecturer job satisfaction rating
(by lecturers, not about lecturers)
2.5 stars from 3 votes.    

Richford University Dubai admissions, reviews, notes

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Richford University is an online only college based in the USA, awarding degrees, diplomas, certificates which might not be recognized by UAE employers, the UAE education authorities, or the UAE Ministry of Labour for work permit applications. Contact each department to confirm if an RU degree is recognized by them before enrolling.

Richford is small town in the state of Vermont in the USA but does not have a university, and RU is not related to the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, USA.

RU offers programs worldwide, like a number of other similar online universities but is not based in Dubai or the UAE, nor does it have any UAE office or contact details. There are many online universities and colleges which are degree mills producing fake degrees. RU of course does not say they are offering fake degrees but they do share a number of attributes in common with other scams universities, which is either an unfortunate coincidence for RU, or could be seen as red flags. Investigate carefully before signing up to an RU offered program or course. Some of the negative indicators are:
Continuous popup windows on their website.
University does not have a .edu domain name (not necessarily a negative indicator, however institutes with a .edu address are more likely to be legitimate).
Same website design as other universities which are fake or hoaxes.
Claimed membership of organisations and accrediting bodies which either don't exist, or only exist to support degree mills, not real universities.
Not accredited by any officially recognized accrediting agency.
Not accredited or recognized by the UAE higher education authority or the Dubai education authority.
Staff and faculty names don't belong to real people, or are real people who are not connected to the university.
Staff and faculty photos on website don't match the names (they are usually of models or a photo taken from elsewhere on the internet - one example is from a website selling hair growth lotion).
Claimed UAE media coverage which doesn't exist.
No UAE contact information or office.
High rankings in surveys which don't exist or can't be found, by organisations which don't exist or exist only to provide a name for a survey with a high ranking.

We are not claiming that RU is a scam or fake, it might well be genuine, and their degrees might be recognized by the UAE authorities for work permits, but if that is the case, RU is making it very difficult to verify that.

Fees are about US$6,000-$12,000 per year, converted to AED. Discounts or scholarships are offered of 50%-75%.

Contact email address is info@richforduniversity.com.

Last update 28 January 2014
General comments - might not apply to Richford 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.
Related pages
  • Teaching in Dubai and the UAE (mostly about schools but good for lecturers too)
  • UQAIB - a quality assurance agency to licence free zone colleges and universities in Dubai
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