Back in 2018, Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) secured accreditation from the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), rendering the University the only Catholic institution of higher education in the Middle East, and one of 12 universities worldwide, with this prestigious certification. NDU was thus placed alongside top-ranking US institutions, such as Ivy Leaguers, Harvard, Yale, and Brown, and others.
An evaluation team from NECHE visited NDU once again in Fall 2022 to catch up with the University’s activities and progress. The NECHE team was welcomed on all three campuses, enjoying a tour of the University, chatting with students about life on campus, and learning from faculty and staff alike about the latest upgrades in NDU’s curricula and protocols.
Over the course of a week, NDU showed that its impressive caliber is an everyday occurrence, some distinguishing features being the student-centric environment it houses, the mission-driven approach it adopts, the high quality human capital it employs, and the up-to-standard facilities it offers. NECHE saw the full rundown of how the University optimizes its operations to ensure that the students have their every need met, from financial aid to learning accommodations. There was a window into the resilience of life at NDU, a determination to continuously strive towards improvement and innovation. The efforts of faculty, staff, and students work in tandem to this end.
No one ever said hard work doesn’t pay off. Proving itself once again to be in line with the Commission’s rigorous Standards, in Spring 2023, NDU was granted “Continued in Accreditation” status for a full cycle, as stated on NECHE’s website, institution-wide and without exceptions.
This is an immense achievement that NDU wears on its heart with pride and joy, because it represents the deepest honor one can have: of providing the highest quality education to its students and fostering a community of creativity, integrity, and ambition. It is a reaffirmation that NDU is offering the best standards of academic excellence while remaining rooted in its Eastern Christian traditions.