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Nexford University

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Nexford University
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TypePrivate for-profit university
Established2018; 3 years ago (2018)
Washington, D.C.
United States

Nexford University is a private for-profit online university headquartered in Washington, DC.[1] It was founded in 2018 by Fadl Al Tarzi and Mo Rayes. It offers programs through online distance learning.[2][3][4] Although the institution is accredited by the UK-based Accreditation Service for International Colleges, it is not accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.[5]


Nexford University was founded by Fadl Al Tarzi and Mo Rayes in January, 2018.[6] It was launched to promote greater social and economic mobility globally by providing online higher education to learners online. It was established as a Public Benefit Corporation. It utilizes a SaaS platform to act as an educational institution, implementing such technologies as Artificial Intelligence. It is licensed through the Washington, DC Higher Education Licensure Commission.

Former Nigerian Minister of Education of Africa Dr Oby Ezekwesili became an Advisory board member of the University and announced a scholarship program for Nigerian women who were studying in the University.[7]


Although Nexford's courses are accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC), this organization is not recognized as an accreditor by the U.S. Department of Education.[8]

Nexford University offers Competency-based learning in associate, bachelor's, and Master's degrees in business as well as certificates and courses.[9] Nexford does not have structured semesters but enrolls students each month and urges students to complete courses in eight weeks.[10]

The university offers the following degrees and certificates:[11]

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business (AAS in Business)


  1. Tarzi–Minutes, Fadl Al (3 June 2019). "Rethinking the cost of college education". Fast Company.
  2. "Banky W, Osei, others for Nexford Open Day on Saturday". Vanguard News. 19 September 2019.
  3. "Nexford Varsity Moves to Connect Education with Workplace". THISDAYLIVE. 25 September 2019.
  4. "Banky W, Osei, others to attend Nexford's Open Day tomorrow". Daily Trust. 20 September 2019.
  5. Staff, Daily Post (2 October 2019). "Your business should survive without you - Banky W tells Nexford attendees". Daily Post Nigeria.
  6. Council, Young Entrepreneur. "Council Post: 10 Entrepreneurs Share Their Most Important Early Business Decisions". Forbes.
  7. Uzor, Franklin (14 February 2019). "Nexford Varsity Launches Online Degrees for Nigerian Students". Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission.
  8. "Accreditation in the United States". U.S. Department of Education. 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  9. "3 Key Lessons for Online or Blended Education". Al-Fanar Media. 28 March 2019.
  10. "Nexford University Company Profile: Valuation & Investors | PitchBook". PitchBook Data.
  11. "Nexford University, Sterling Bank, IBM to empower African students". The Sun Nigeria. 6 November 2019.

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