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Central University of Nicaragua & its Degrees
Recognition, Accreditation & Validation

About UCN University

The Official Website of the UCN University:
http://www.ucn.edu.ni/
With main campus and satellite extensions in Nicaragua, is a fully autonomous recognised university enjoying the entitlements and degree awarding powers of an autonomous university and recognised body (recognised awarding institution). UCN was approved by CNU, the National Council of Universities, the accreditation body in charge of institutional authorisation of a new university prior to award of autonomy status by Act of Parliament; additionally UCN is subject to participation in the quality assurance programme in accordance with the Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education audited by the CNEA the National Council of Evaluation and Accreditation in Nicaragua. In 2011 UCN has been awarded “Exemplary Central American University 2010” by the Central American Association in the USA. Universidad Central de Nicaragua UCN can issue academic and professional qualifications, enjoys academic autonomy understood as follows: Teaching or academic autonomy implies that a university alone can appoint and dismiss teachers and academic staff, through the procedures and requirements of the laws themselves, select their students, by evidence and necessary conditions to develop and approve plans and programmes of study and research, etc. Autonomy gives also the power to issue certificates of study, graduate letters, certificates, diplomas, academic degrees and titles and equivalency of studies conducted in other universities and higher education institutions, domestic or foreign; authorise professional practice except for advocacy and notary, which by law is the responsibility of the Supreme Court. Universities will maintain and develop relationships with academic, scientific and cultural entities based inside or outside the country. Academic freedom is a fundamental principle of higher education in Nicaragua.

Recognition & Accreditation

CNU
UCN is a fully recognised and autonomous university according to Nicaraguan higher education law with autonomous degree awarding powers at all academic levels of carreras (professional graduate programmes) and postgraduate programmes (Specialist, Master, Doctor).
Authorisation by CNU Consejo Nacional de Universidades.
The CNU is the national institutional university authorisation agency prior to a university is granted autonomy by Act of Parliament and Presidential Decree.
A fully accredited and autonomous university according to Nicaraguan higher education law, listed by the CNU
See apostilled statement by CNU

Notice: The Council for Higher Education Accreditation CHEA lists both CNU and CNEA in the International Directory in the section “Accrediting Organizations, Quality Assurance Agencies and Ministries of Education by Country” for “Nicaragua”.
Universidad Central de Nicaragua UCN has been accepted as a Member of The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) International Quality Group (CIQG)

All programmes and degrees offered by UCN are duly and legally registered with the CNU “Consejo Nacional de Universidades” (National Council of Universities) the national agency responsible for the authorisation of universities and registration and authentication of HE programmes, and degrees awarded by universities in Nicaragua. UCN as recognised autonomous university is subject to a quality assurance and institutional accreditation system conducted by CNEA National Council on Evaluation and Accreditation according to Nicaraguan law. CNEA is listed in the international directory of CHEA.

Universidad Central de Nicaragua UCN is a recognised university listed in the IAU International Handbook of Universities (World Higher Education Database WHED, “AIU-UNESCO list”): WHED number IAU-017332. Universidad Central de Nicaragua UCN is a full member of the IAU International Association of Universities. Internationally, UCN offers stand alone and joint provision degree programmes with partners and awards degrees officially recognised due to Law 89 in Nicaragua.

Consumer information: We notify about the AQ Austria registration for reasons of consumer information and consumer protection only, since the registration is a legal requirement for foreign universities providing programmes in Austria. This does in no way imply that any programmes would be accredited in Austria nor any degrees immediately recognised or nostrified as Austrian degrees.
The Campus and Deanship in Austria UCN European Programmes ZVR: 075634205 is an Austrian registered Non-Profit Organisation, approved and registered by Accreditation and Quality Assurance Agency AQ Austria (§ 27 Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education).

Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education
Registration of Cross-Border Degree Programmes
§ 27. (1) Educational institutions that are recognised in their country of origin or country of domicile as postsecondary in the meaning of § 51 para. 2 subpara. 1 of the Universities Act may offer degree programmes in Austria, if these constitute a recognised education in the meaning of § 51 para. 2 subpara. 1 of the Universities Act in their country of origin or country of domicile and if these degree programmes and academic degrees are comparable with Austrian degree programmes and academic degrees.European Campus Deanship

Nicaraguan higher education law is embedded in the principle of freedom of instruction, guaranteeing in Article 125 of the Nicaraguan Political Constitution full autonomy being implemented by Law no. 89 about the Autonomy of the Institutions of Higher Education (No. 89[3]). The law 89 determines in Articles 7 and 9 that the institutions of higher education can award academic degrees. UCN is a fully autonomous accredited university with the unrestricted right to award certificates, diplomas, academic degrees and titles and to issue certificates of recognition and validation of studies on equivalent level, completed at other universities or centres of higher education, domestic or abroad, entitled to recognise academic degrees, titles and diplomas awarded by a foreign university, entitled to award professional rights, except for lawyers and notaries for whom, by law, the Supreme Court is in charge. Furthermore, UCN is entitled to establish relations with academic, scientific and cultural establishments located domestically or abroad. According to Article 82 of the Ley General de Educación 2006[4] the explicitly mentioned “Doctorates” constitute – literally quoted –the “nationally and internationally fully recognised academic degrees“ in Nicaragua.

In 2011 UCN was awarded “Exemplary Central American University 2010” by the Central American Association in the USA.

The programmes below of the UCN are accredited by CONIES Board of Accreditation (Accreditation period: 2020-2025):

  • Postgraduate qualifications:
    • Master programmes: MSc, MBA
    • Doctor programmes: Dr. (professional / research PhD)
  • in the following study areas:
    • Business Administration, Economics, International Law, Psychology, Education, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences
  • Type of programme: Autonomous regular postgraduate courses of study recognised by law.
  • Level of qualification:
    • Dublin Descriptors: Second, Third Cycle
    • NVQ: HE2, HE3; 7, 8 EQF
  • Scope of Accreditation: ACCREDITED
    • Online / Distance Education YES
    • Collaborative Provision (inter-institutional) YES
    • Trans-national YES

Membership:

UCN is a member of ODAEE ORGANIZACIÓN DE LAS AMÉRICAS PARA LA EXCELENCIA EDUCATIVA.

Member and Partner of UNIVERSIA

Member of GUIDE Association – Global Universities In Distance Education

Confederación Internacional para la Educación Superior CONIES
APE-U, Asociación de profesionales Egresados de Universidades Extranjeras de Centr

Quality Assurance

  1. Universidad Central de Nicaragua UCN was founded in 1997 as a private, non-profit, and authorized by the National University Council in session CNU No. 10-98 of 18. November 1998 and approved by the Assembly of the Republic Decree No. 2822 according to the Constitution of Nicaragua and the Law No. 89 on the Autonomy of Institutions of Higher Education. Universidad Central de Nicaragua UCN is a fully autonomous Nicaraguan university participating in the mandatory programme of auto-evaluation and quality assurance of National Council of Evaluation and Accreditation CNEA in Nicaragua. All professional titles and academic degrees are recognised by the professional associations and public services; UCN in 2010 is again among the best university in Central America and has been awarded by the Central American Coalition USA as “Exemplary Central American University 2010“ in the United States of America.
  2. Written Assignments will be checked with a plagiarism-analysis-programme for authenticity.
  3. Online-examinations are standardised “Computer-Marked-Assignments”.
  4. Written assignments and course-papers are “Tutor Marked Assignments”.
  5. Scientific articles and publications are subject to a “peer-review”.

Degree Recognition

UCN University degrees are officially recognised in Nicaragua by law and hence “official degrees”.European Campus Deanship

The professional and research doctorates subject to these thesis guidelines are validated and approved as distance-education programmes of postgraduate study by Universidad Central de Nicaragua UCN, and, therefore, all academic degrees and titles awarded by UCN are fully recognised in compliance with Articles 7 and 9 of the Nicaraguan Law 89 on the Autonomy of Institutions of Higher Education in the sense of Article 82 of the Nicaraguan General Law of Education.

The university degree awarded by UCN is legally recognised degree in Nicaragua awarded by a recognised university, however, it may not be subject to official credentials evaluation service providers, for a variety of reasons and objections sometimes raised against international programmes or validation collaborations with non recognises providers, etc., being beyond the influence of the awarding university.

Many degrees of UCN have been successfully recognised or evaluated in a great number of jurisdictions, however, UCN can not warrant any such outcome, it will however, assist graduates. The Master and Doctor degree by UCN can, however, be legally used in most jurisdictions and this is the obligation of the graduate to check individually, whether the UCN degree meets the expectations.

All programmes and degrees offered by UCN are duly and legally registered with the CNU Consejo Nacional de Universidades (National Council of Universities) the national agency responsible for the registration and authentication of HE programmes and degrees awarded by universities in Nicaragua, as well as the university UCN is subject to quality assurance and institutional accreditation system conducted by CNEA National Council on Evaluation and Accreditation according to Nicaraguan law.

Graduation

The University will award the respective degrees, postgraduate certificates and diploma supplement to a graduate no later than 120 days. The graduation package includes the following documents:

  • Degree diploma in Spanish and the second version in English for completion of postgraduate doctor programme according to Art. 7 and 9 of the Law 89 on Institutions of Higher Education in Nicaragua and the format defined by UCN for the official university degree awarded by the University;
  • Diploma Supplement or transcript.
  • Required: National Council of University CNU authentication and Foreign Ministry Apostille of the degree (Spanish version only)
  • Apostille of the Diploma Supplement or Transcript by Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Scope of the Branch Campus at Avrio Institute

UCN European Programmes will operate a direct Branch Campus extension of the university Universidad Central de Nicaragua via UCN European Programmes on the premises of Institut Avrio de Geneve.

The Branch Campus will be exclusively responsible and will enjoy regional protection for the target countries Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg in the following study languages French, Italian, German as well as in Arabic for the provision of the programmes subject to this Branch Campus agreement.

The programmes provided at the Branch Campus on the premises of Institut Avrio de Geneve are under the direct supervision and responsibility of the Dean of European Programmes of the university as postgraduate Master and Doctor degree programmes offered by the university and the degrees awarded by the university.

The programmes subject to the operation of the Branch Campus of UCN European Programmes on the premises of Institut Avrio de Geneve cover the following study areas and specialisations:

  • Master degrees
    in the following study areas – either course-based or research-thesis based:

    • Management
    • Business Administration
    • Economics
    • International Law and International Relations
    • Psychology
    • Environmental Science
    • Environmental Management
    • Health Sciences
    • Social Sciences
    • Education
  • Doctor degrees
    in the following study areas – either course-based or research-thesis based:

    • Research PhD by thesis in:
      • Philosophiae Doctor en Administracion / PhD in Management
      • Philosophiae Doctor en Derecho Internacional y Relaciones Internacionales / PhD in International Law and Internacional Relations
      • Philosophiae Doctor en / PhD in
        • Economics
        • Psychology
        • Environmental Science
        • Environmental Management
        • Health Sciences
        • Social Sciences
        • Education
    • Curriculum-based Doctorate:
      • Doctor en Administración de Empresas / Doctor of Business Administration

The Branch Campus on the premises of Institut Avrio de Geneve will provide the curricular modules, research assignments and thesis defense as required in the curricula and study plans of the master or doctor degrees awarded by UCN. The curricula of the programmes provided by Branch Campus on the premises of Institut Avrio de Geneve will match the curricula of UCN
European Programmes.
UCN European Programmes is the official provider of master and doctoral study programmes subject to this agreement. This includes the following services:

Validation of the programmes offered by Branch Campus on the premises of Institut Avrio de Geneve as equivalent to master and doctoral programmes of the university,

  • approval of student admissions,
  • issuing confirmation of admission to study,
  • acceptance of transcripts and transfer credits for transfer to the respective university programme,
  • organizational und administrative support,
  • accounting and invoicing of the education provision by UCN,
  • quality assurance of the offered study programs and marketing strategies,
  • quality assurance of teaching, education services and teaching.

 

UCN University degrees are officially recognised in Nicaragua by law and hence “official degrees”.European Campus Deanship

[3] Ley de Autonomia de las Instituciones de Educación Superior, 89/1990, Kapitel II, Art. 7-9 (University)

[4] Ley General de Educación, 382/2006, Art. 82 (University)

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