irish international university

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by ianmoseley, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. ianmoseley

    ianmoseley New Member

  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    The only argument I'd make with the news article is that they imply that this is all "new." In fact, the total and complete bogosity of this "school" has been well known and well documented for years. It's a good thing that the relevant officials have been awakened from their slumbers.
  3. Dr. Gina

    Dr. Gina New Member

    Here is another article on the same university:

    Bogus university duped top businesswoman into handing out its degrees
    The CEO of the Chartered Management Institute handed back the honorary doctorship she was awarded by a bogus universityDominic Kennedy
    A leading businesswoman has been embarrassed into handing back an honorary doctorship she was awarded by a bogus university.

    Mary Chapman, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute, agreed to be guest of honour at the “graduation ceremony” for the Irish International University.

    But the institution, which hires rooms at Oxford for its degree events, is neither Irish nor a university. It encourages foreigners to spend thousands of pounds coming to Britain to study for worthless qualifications.

    Ms Chapman, who since 1998 has run Britain’s 73,000-strong association for managers, previously known as the British Institute of Management, was hoodwinked into handing out certificates at last year’s degree ceremony.

    The Irish International University put her picture on its website to help to recruit more overseas applicants. The University of Oxford has banned the self-styled independent university from using its premises.

    Private colleges offering its courses are on Britain’s official Register of Education and Training Providers. Although the institution is unaccredited, hundreds of students have been given educational visas to enter Britain. By 2009 all colleges wishing to bring in overseas applicants will need to be accredited. The Irish International University’s website boasts of a campus in Dublin but the address is only a mailbox. Universities in Ireland must be endorsed by the education ministry. However, a loophole in Irish law allows businesses to register names with “university” in their titles.

    The university’s web pages claim that its degrees are backed by the “Quality Assurance Commission”. The body was traced to an office in North London where a woman was answering phones on behalf of various companies; there were no signs that a commission existed.

    The university’s honorary chancellor and head of its council, known as “His Excellency Baron Knowth”, was tracked by BBC London to Monte Carlo, where he is a tax exile. He also has a £1.2 million townhouse in Kensington, West London.

    Talking to an undercover reporter, the honorary chancellor, in fact a chartered accountant called Jeffrey Wooller, admitted: “Of course it’s dodgy. So long as they’re happy, what difference does it make? It’s not accredited so it’s not recognised anywhere.

    “They [students] get their degree, they go to the convocation and employers accept the degrees. They’re happy, they tell their friends and the university multiplies. The university is giving value for money.” Students work towards their qualifications although questions have been raised about the academic rigour involved.

    Hardeep Singh Sandhu, executive president of the university’s governing council, said the university had never claimed to be accredited in Britain but he would be happy for it to be inspected. References to the Dublin campus and Quality Assurance Commission had now been removed from the website. The Chartered Management Institute said Ms Chapman attended the graduation ceremony in good faith. Her organisation had now severed all links with the bogus university.
  4. ianmoseley

    ianmoseley New Member

    Part of the problem of the global economy - local officials are often restricted to local areas, and bodies like the IIU move from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

    Wooller has been prosecuted before, but the problem with bogus local colleges using bodies like the IIU for immigration scams has been under investigation (and occasional prosecution) for some years, despite the difficulties (one I was involved in required having a 'letter of assistance' dispatched at government level and then being passed to the FBI who then subpoenaed a lawyer, and then passed a report back up the chain; all so that the evidence would be acceptable in Court).


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