Why Acacia

Acacia is redefining education and helping learners realize their full potential, propelling them into excellence by delivering education through innovative forms of online learning.

Acacia University is not your
typical graduate school

Acacia University is the result of two companies merging and the culmination of twelve years of pioneering ways to improve instruction and learning. It began with the vision of our founders (with over 100 combined years of experience at all levels) who were convinced that implementing research-based instructional strategies, learning communities within the classroom, and state of the art technology would result in enhancing teacher effectiveness and improving student learning.


Because when you’re ready to move up or move on, you need relevant professional development at your fingertips to get you there.

Mode of

Acacia courses are 100% online. Attend class from the comfort of your own home, at times that are convenient for you.

A Motivated

Whether you're a novice educator or a seasoned one, you'll typically have field experience opportunities in many classrooms, allowing you to acquire on-the-job skills.


We will help you succeed. Instructors and Acacia staff take a personal interest in your work and success from the time you apply to completion of your degree.

We Ignite Your

We seek educators who strive to learn, grow, and make a difference in education. Our world-class faculty inspire learning and support you in all classes.

Convenient and

All our programs are affordable, relevant, research-based and online, with a measure of convenience that a traditional residential program can't match.

About Acacia University

Acacia University, Arizona, US, stands as a symbol of regeneration, perseverance, and integrity and is on a mission to make learning a long-lasting, invigorating experience. 

Acacia’s origin dates back to 2003 when Educational Cyberconnections, Inc. began a partnership with the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) to provide onsite training to CITA schools in Egypt, Pakistan, United Emirates, and China. This training created a demand for additional and continuing training that resulted in establishing an onsite and online program under the title of CITA Teacher Certification Program. Then in 2005, Power-Ed and CITA developed and delivered a web-based curriculum (24 credits) that could be delivered via the Internet throughout the world. The school became the American Graduate School of Education and the name change to Acacia University was approved by the State Board for Private Postsecondary Education – State of Arizona on May 11, 2012, effective June 1, 2011.

Acacia University provides accessible, quality education to a multi-cultural, global learning community through online/distance learning. As technology advances and students look for greater flexibility and accessibility with education, Acacia utilizes the capabilities of digital pedagogies to create new experiences and services.


Acacia offers academic programs at the master’s level in elementary education, secondary education, English as a second language, and educational administration as well as a doctorate in educational leadership. It also features non-degree studies such as Certificate Programs and Professional Development Programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners. 

Designed by educators to envisage the possibilities of the learner’s career, the educational programs offered by Acacia are affordable, convenient, supportive, and relevant.

Acacia University envisions a change by empowering learners to expand their abilities, revive their passion in their respective fields, and develop their capacities for new roles. Acacia commits to provide unparalleled learning standards by delivering the highest quality educational programs through smart, innovative forms of learning.

Acacia redefines education and helps learners realize their full potential, propelling them into excellence by delivering education through innovative forms of online learning.  

About Westford Education Group

Westford Education Group (WEG), headquartered in the UK with campuses in the UAE and India, is a leading provider of accredited international education and corporate training to aspiring learners across the globe. The group is established with an objective to fulfil the aspirations of learners with diverse backgrounds from across the globe to attain internationally-accredited qualifications in the form of on-site and online learning interventions. Working toward a world where everyone has access to higher education, WEG now stands out winning the confidence of its learners and the community, a result of its steadfast commitment to students’ welfare and their success stories.

Currently, Westford operates prominent higher education brands, Westford University College, Exeed College, Eaton Business School, Athena Global Education, Demont Institute of Management & Technology and Westford Institute of Film Technology with courses ranging from the undergraduate level to the doctorate level. Another brand is Taito Education – operating in the K12 space, offering consultancy services and teacher training qualifications from awarding bodies based in the UK.

Acacia University is owned subsidiary of Westford Ventures Holding Ltd. (ADGM-UAE) through its holding company Westford Ventures LLC Delaware, USA.

Westford Management Board

Firoz Thairinil

Managing Director

Firoz Thairinil is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Westford Education Group, the leading higher education provider and education management company based in the UK and the UAE. As a 21st-century visionary educational leader, Firoz ensures that a solid commitment to high standards and a performance culture are embedded across the entire group.

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Samras Mayimi

Global CEO

Samras is a passionate edupreneur with more than 22 years of experience in the BFSI and education industry. A highly consummate professional turned entrepreneur, he holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Anglia Ruskin University, UK, and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Wales, UK, Leadership and Management

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Anil Ahluwalia

Executive Director Academic

An outstanding leader with more than 30 years of experience, Anil is presently spearheading all academic programs for Westford Education Group, as the Academic Director. Anil heads the academic functions of the group responsible for the academic planning, evaluation and assessment administration, curriculum development, academic resources development, accreditation and

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Dr Vivek Mohan

Academic Quality Advisor

An award-winning researcher with several years of experience in planning, designing, and delivering business management programs in the higher education and corporate sectors in the UK, Europe, Middle East and India, Dr Vivek currently holds the position of Academic Quality Advisor, Acacia University. A PhD holder in Business Management, Dr Vivek’s responsibilities include safeguarding the academic

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