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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    Of course every fake school has to "be" somewhere so what could be a better place for a fake school than a fake country?
    Or an undoubted sovereign state with a stronger reputation for corruption and instability than for credible higher education .

    States have the legal authority to create, recognize and regulate higher education institutions within their borders, but that doesn't always give those of us outside those borders very much useful information about the academic value of those institutions. In the case of foreigners using the country as an off-shore address-of-convenience for a DL enterprise, it's even worse. It's often impossible to know what kind of academic oversight that enterprise receives from the locals (if any). Approvals might just mean that the right people were paid off. (We saw precisely that with St. Regis and Liberia.)

    I remain hugely skeptical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heirophant View Post
    Or an undoubted sovereign state with a stronger reputation for corruption and instability than for credible higher education .

    States have the legal authority to create, recognize and regulate higher education institutions within their borders, but that doesn't always give those of us outside those borders very much useful information about the academic value of those institutions. In the case of foreigners using the country as an off-shore address-of-convenience for a DL enterprise, it's even worse. It's often impossible to know what kind of academic oversight that enterprise receives from the locals (if any). Approvals might just mean that the right people were paid off. (We saw precisely that with St. Regis and Liberia.)

    I remain hugely skeptical.
    Yes, and this is the biggest issue with Euclid. There is just no credible outside oversight. It seems that they attempted to create one by helping build the accreditation agency in The Gambia, but that country is, charitably, an unproven entity right now after the departure of a long-term dictator.

    Side note: it's highly doubtful Fr. Laurent can pay off anyone. Orthodox Church in America pays poorly, and it doesn't appear that his other activities are money makers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Messdiener View Post
    I wrote to the Principality of Seborga some years ago and specifically asked about educational institutes. The response clearly came back that there are no educational institutes of any level.

    Did there used to be?
    Oh yes, quite a few actually. But that was before Sir Geoffrey Taylor (Southern Pacific University) fell from grace with Prince Leonard and relocated to Vanuatu.
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    Here's a list of universities that were registered in Hutt River:

    Southern Pacific University
    Pebble Hills University
    Johnson Davids University
    Australasia International University
    Hutt River University
    Bryce University
    Gordon University
    University of National Union
    American Culture University

    American Culture University claims it's still registered and licensed by Hutt River, but according to the HR Companies Gazette, ACU was de-registered on May 13, 2011.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Messdiener
    Did there used to be?
    "Universities" - registered and "accredited" in Seborga? Oh yes - and how! Over 20 of them, back in the day. We have old threads on practically ALL of them. It was hard to keep up.
    Given a little time, I could come up with a comprehensive list of them but ... why? The local authorities put a stop to it all, quite some time ago.

    "The law stepped in and called it sin
    To have a little fun."

    * (from the movie - New Orleans, 1947 -sung by Billie Holiday)


    Here's one of the old threads. Coming soon: New Seborga Mills

    * I saw that movie a few years later, when I was 9 or 10. The music and Ms. Holiday's singing made a lasting impression on me.

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    Apparently, I completely missed that Messdiener was asking a question about Seborga and not Hutt River. I'm sorry about that.

    As far as Seborga is concerned, it was once home to Pebble Hills University and linked to the International University of Fundamental Studies, Russia. There are few if any universities claiming recognition from Seborga nowadays, with the possible exception of the New Age International University.
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