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  1. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

  2. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Hmmm. OK, this outfit is accredited by Malta. A fair bit about their past, as an unaccredited, Cantonally Licensed Swiss School, here on DI. They say "no tuition, no upfront payment." Does that mean there's maybe a back-end payment, based on your income after graduation? They don't say. There's GOTTA be some hook, here.

    I'm not really that curious, though. For the record, their Executive MBA costs 9,900 euro. I'm thinking, somehow or other, they get around the same amount for this "no tuition" deal. Guess I'll never know. G'night. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    First rule of MBA - There is no free lunch (except maybe Quantic U.)
    Second Rule of MBA - If in doubt, refer to Rule 1.
     
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  3. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Hook? Of course. These guys offered a free assoc. Degree in 2014 and after I enrolled out of morbid curiosity, they asked for money. I trust them as far as I can throw an elephant... But maybe someone wants to check if they improved since then?!
     
  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Not me. Somebody else. I've had 16-17 years of that grief here and over at DegreeDiscussion. You sleuth all night to determine facts about the school - then some wonk tells you you're full of it. Had enough.
    @Mac Juli - Du bist dran, Mac. (Your turn.)
     
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  5. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member


    Me? Oh... *meep meep*


     
  6. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Well, not exactly their past, depending on who you mean by "their". The same people are behind both, but the institution in Switzerland is organizationally distinct from the one in Malta.

    I'm reminded of the University of the People, who will tell anyone who will listen that they're "tuition free!" but they charge for the exam you have to pass to get credit. It's a bit like trumpeting how you don't have to pay to get on the turnpike a lot more loudly than how you mention the toll required to exit it.
     
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  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Organizationally - that's the key word. To me: one "outfit," consisting of, I think, three organizational bodies. SMC Business School, SMC University and SMC Education Group - run largely by the same people. They scratch each other's backs. More united than separate, methinks. I view the entire enterprise as a purpose-built, interlocking machine.

    And any time I see alliances, cross-validations, triple awards etc. with a rather rough-hewn set of Mexican, Costa Rican and Nicaraguan universities ( @SteveFoerster I'll spare you the acronym that got you so upset last time) that offer somewhat specious degrees to foreigners offshore that they have no authority to award at home - that's a giant red flag. I see that, I perk up my horns and I'm off and running at Pamplona! :)

    You may have guessed that I flat do not like this outfit - and their every word makes me suspicious. You'd be right. :)
     
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  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    What doesn't make you suspicious?
     
  9. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Eva Longoria Bastón,
    Helen Ibe (Nigerian musician)
    Fahmi Qadir
    My Dear Friends
    And all the super-glamorous, nice women of DI. :)
     
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  10. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

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