Honorary Doctorate Degree is an award jointly issued by International Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (QAHE) and American University of Business and Social Sciences (AUBSS) to acknowledge and appreciate outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to their community, at both national and international level, and to a specialized field of knowledge and competency. It is also known by the Latin phrases honoris causa (“for the sake of the honor”) or ad honorem (“to the honor”). A person who has already been awarded a PhD within a certain academic area may not be awarded an honorary doctorate in the same area. It is, however, quite possible to appoint a Doctor of Philosophy, for example, to an honorary Doctor of Education and vice versa. The nomination and approval process for honorary degrees is confidential, and all involved in the process must respect this requirement.
To be considered, a candidate must have sufficient stature and recognition to ensure that the awarding of an honorary degree enhances the reputation of International Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (QAHE) and American University of Business and Social Sciences. Recipients of Honorary Doctorate Degrees do not earn the degree through academic achievements; rather they receive these awards based on generous and altruistic actions or lifetime accomplishments that benefit a community, nation, or humanity in general.
International Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (QAHE) has been audited by AQS (United Kingdom) and certified for the Quality Management System according to ISO 9001:2015. Should it become known publicly or otherwise that the degree recipient no longer represents the purpose and mission of QAHE and/or AUBSS or is found to have serious integrity issues, QAHE and/or AUBSS may withdraw the Honorary Degree.