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  1. What is The National Institute for Vocational Education?
    The National Institute for Vocational Education (NIVE) is an initiative of Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

    The National Institute for Vocational Education is recognized internationally for providing outstanding vocational education.

    The primary objectives of the Institute are to prepare nationals and non-nationals for:

    • entry into the job market and advancement in their chosen careers.
    • progression into international higher education.
  2. What is NIVE?
    NIVE is an acronym for The National Institute for Vocational Education.

  3. What is a vocational education?
    Vocational education provides learners with the knowledge and skills to perform specific job-related functions at work.

    Vocational education at The National Institute for Vocational Education is designed:

    • to meet the needs of the UAE labour market
    • to provide graduates with the practical skills required in their specific vocation
    • to provide graduates with the necessary knowledge to progress into international higher education
  4. Who are official sponsors of The National Institute for Vocational Education?

    • Damas Jewellery
    • DEWA - Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
    • Dubai Municipality
    • ENDP - Emirates Nationals Development Programme
    • Emirates Foundation
    • HSBC Bank ME
    • KHDA - Knowledge and Human Development Authority
    • RTA - Road and Transport Authority
    • Sharjah Directorate of Human Resources
  5. Who certifies programmes of The National Institute for Vocational Education?
    Edexcel International certifies that the programmes meet requirements for accreditation by BTEC.

  6. What is Edexcel and BTEC?
    Edexcel is a leading international awarding body, offering academic, vocational, occupa-tional and professional qualifications. Edexcel is a merger of the UK vocational awarding body, Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC), and the University of London Examinations and Assessment Council (ULEAC).

  7. What programmes are offered?

    • Foundation Diplomas
    • Intermediate Diplomas (ID)
    • First Diplomas (FD)
    • National Diplomas (ND)
    • Higher National Diplomas (HND)
    • Professional Courses and Diplomas
  8. What credentials or qualifications are given upon graduation?

    • NIVE Diplomas
    • BTEC Awards, Certificates and Diplomas
  9. Are the qualifications recognized in the UAE and internationally?

    • BTEC qualifications are offered by The National Institute for Vocational Education are recognized internationally.
    • Qualifications offered by NIVE are accredited by The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) of the Government of Dubai.
  10. What specialisations are offered at The National Institute for Vocational Education?
    Many specialisations are offered, with the following being some of the most popular:

    Higher National Diplomas
    • Business
    • Information Technology
    • Jewellery Business Development

    National Diplomas

    • Banking and Finance
    • Business
    • Finance and Accounting
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology
    • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Public Relations
    • Sales and Marketing

    First Diploma

    • Business
    • Draftsmanship
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Logistics

    Foundation Diplomas

    • Automotive Retail
    • Apparel Retail
    • Jewellery Retail
    • Qudurat for People with Visual Impairments
    • Qudurat for People with Hearing Impairments
    • Public Administration and Services
    • Skills for Workplace
    • Working English

    Intermediate Diplomas

    • Bridge to Work

    Professional Certificates and Diplomas

    • ICDL
    • IC3
    • GIA Courses
  11. How long are the programmes at the National Institute for Vocational Education?
    Intermediate Diploma and First Diploma are one year programmes, with classes usually held between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

    The National Diploma (ND) is a full-time two-year programme, with classes usually held between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

    The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a two-year programme, with classes being delivered in the late afternoon usually between 4.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

  12. What is the difference between First Diploma (FD), National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND)?
    • First Diploma, National Diploma and Higher National Diploma have different admission requirements (See question # 19)

    • First Diploma students are required to complete 10 units to graduate at the UK’s national vocational level 2, National Diploma students are required to complete 18 units to graduate at UK’s national vocational level 3, while Higher National Diploma students are required to complete 16 units to graduate at national vocational level 5.

    • National Diploma programmes build on the knowledge and skills that students acquire at the First Diploma level while Higher National Diploma programmes build on the knowledge and skills that students acquire at the National Diploma level.

    • Higher National Diploma graduates are able to apply for an undergraduate degree at selected UK universities, with an additional one to two years of full-time university study.
  13. Where are graduates with a BTEC credential qualified to work?
    • Dubai
    • Within the United Arab Emirates
    • Around the world
  14. Can students in programmes at The National Institute for Vocational Education transfer to other colleges and universities?
    There is no automatic transfer to other colleges and universities. Since such transfers cannot be guaranteed, students should apply to their college or university of choice in the first instance. They should not come to The National Institute for Vocational Education with the idea of transferring in the middle of their programme.

  15. Can students transfer to The National Institute for Vocational Education from a college or university?
    Yes, but due to the differences between vocational education and other types of international higher education, exemptions from vocational courses may be limited. Such exemptions from courses are at the discretion of The National Institute for Vocational Education.

  16. What is work placement?
    Work placement is five weeks of full-time on-the-job training in business and industry. It This is required for graduation from most programmes at the National Institute for Vocational Education.. For students who cannot arrange their own work placement, the National Institute for Vocational Education will organise the work placement. Students should not expect to be paid during work placement.

  17. Does The National Institute for Vocational Education guarantee jobs for its graduates?
    The National Institute for Vocational Education will arrange job interviews with employers, but candidates have to prove themselves and be able to demonstrate the workplace skills necessary for the particular position.

  18. What is the minimum age for admission?
    A candidate must be at least 16 years of age for admission to The National Institute for Vocational Education.

  19. What are the conditions for admission?
    For admission to the Intermediate and First Diploma, the student must:

    • have completed 12 years of school or hold a school leaving certificate
    • be at least 17 years old
    • satisfy the entry assessment requirements in the Institute
    • complete a personal interview conducted by the Institute

    For admission to the National Diploma, the student must:

    • have completed 12 years of school or hold a school leaving certificate
    • be at least 17 years
    • satisfy the entry assessment requirements in the Institute
    • complete a personal interview conducted by the Institute

    For admission to the Higher National Diploma, the student must:

    • hold a recognized two-year post secondary diploma, or equivalent
    • be employed in the UAE
    • satisfy the entry assessment requirements in the Institute
    • complete a personal interview conducted by the Institute
    • a minimum TOEFL score of 550 or its equivalent
  20. Are there any entry tests or assessments?
    Yes, applicants must take English language and general ability entry assessments. Applicants are also interviewed.

  21. How long are the entry assessments?
    Applicants will need four hours to complete the entry assessments.

  22. Do students at The National Institute for Vocational Education need to have an adequate command of the English language?
    Students need to be sufficiently fluent in English to take the courses and prepare assignments, all of which are in English. Applicants are placed based on their performance on an entry test which includes English language testing.

  23. Does a student with good English skills need to take the English entry assessment prior to admission?
    Yes. However, if the student does well then he/she will be given accreditation for prior learning and may not have to take the English Communications courses at The National Institute for Vocational Education.

  24. What is the application process?
    Candidates must come in person to The National Institute for Vocational Education between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm Sunday through Thursday. At the Institute, they must complete the application form and submit the required documents and photographs.

  25. Where is The National Institute for Vocational Education located?
    The campus is located in Block 1 of Dubai Academic City, near Silicon Oasis and convenient to major highways from all emirates.

  26. What documents are required with the completed application form?
    • attested copy of the UAE Ministry of Education Grade 12 passing certificate (i.e., Thanawiyah), or equivalent from another curriculum.
    • (If Grade 12 was completed abroad, check with the Registration and Admissions Department of The National Institute for Vocational Education for documentation requirements.)
    • valid passport copy
    • for UAE nationals, copy of Nationality Registration Book (Kholasat Qaid) or copy of the Marsoom
    • documents attesting to work experience, if any
    • documents attesting to previous training, including language training
    • four recent passport size photographs
  27. Can students take university programmes after graduation from The National Institute for Vocational Education?
    Yes, at most western universities National Diploma graduates can achieve an undergraduate degree with an additional three years of full-time study.

    Higher National Diploma graduates can achieve an undergraduate degree with an additional one to two years of full-time study.

  28. Are programmes delivered in Arabic or English?
    All programmes are delivered in English because The National Institute for Vocational Education is trying to simulate the UAE working environment.

  29. Do students need to purchase textbooks?
    Yes, students must pay for the recommended textbooks.

  30. Does the National Institute for Vocational Education accept students with special needs?
    Yes. The National Institute for Vocational Education is an inclusive institution.

  31. Do classes have mixed genders?
    Yes, because The National Institute for Vocational Education is trying to simulate the UAE working environment.

  32. Is transport provided for students?
    Yes, return transportation is provided from Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman, but only for day-time programmes offered between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

    Transportation is not provided for evening programmes..

  33. Is accommodation provided for students?
    Currently accommodation is not provided.

  34. Does the National Institute for Vocational Education provide or arrange visas and residence permits for expatriates?
    No, The National Institute for Vocational Education does not provide visa and residence permits for expatriates.

  35. What qualifications NIVE faculty has?
    NIVE faculty has appropriate qualifications with extensive experience in the business and education environments.

  36. Is there diversity among the faculty?
    NIVE faculties are of both genders, with a variety of backgrounds and nationalities creating a multi-cultural environment beneficial to sharing various experiences, proficiencies and backgrounds.

  37. Does the National Institute for Vocational Education admit non-nationals?
    Yes, non-national students are accepted.

  38. Can students who don’t have an Emirati passport apply?
    Yes, anybody can apply and each case will be considered individually on its own merits.

  39. Do students need a laptop?
    Every student is required to buy a laptop that meets minimum standards specified by The National Institute for Vocational Education..

  40. Is it necessary to have an Internet connection at home?
    Internet access at home is desirable, but not essential. At The National Institute for Vocational Education, free Internet access is provided through a wireless network.

  41. Where is the syllabus or curriculum available to read?
    Documentation of the syllabus and curriculum may be viewed on request at an appointment with an academic advisor.

  42. Where is more information available about the National Institute for Vocational Education?
    Further information is available on the NIVE website or by making an appointment to see an academic advisor on 04 3694022 or 043643788.

  43. How many assignments need to be completed in each course?
    For each course, there are typically two assignments, a mid-term test and one final assessment.

  44. What happens if a student does not pass an assignment?
    In order to progress in the programme, the student must re-do the assignment and achieve a passing grade.

  45. What happens if a student does not submit an assignment?
    Students who do not submit assignments on time will not be allowed to take the final assessment and will not achieve a passing grade.

  46. Do students need to be punctual and attend all classes?
    Yes, students who are late or miss classes will be given warning letters. Students will be dismissed from the Institute if they are absent for more than 20% of the classes.

  47. How many credits are needed for a National Diploma at The National Institute for Vocational Education?
    A minimum of 96 credits is needed for a National Diploma in Information Technology and a minimum of 102 credits for National Diplomas in other specializations.

  48. How are the students assessed?
    Students are awarded grades on written assignments, projects and tests. At the end of each term, a Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated based on the grades for each course the student has taken during the term.

  49. Will an evening National Diploma be offered at The National Institute for Vocational Education?
    If 20 or more students register for a particular evening programme, then a National Diploma programme will be offered in the evening.
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