Monarch Business School and Triple ISO Certification?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by deltaP, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. deltaP

    deltaP New Member

    Hello all,

    So I saw a past thread on this school, but it is old, and USGM-Monarch appears to have gotten 3 ISO certifications since then. I haven't seen this as accreditation for a school before and were just wondering what you all thought about that here.

    "Monarch Business School is proud to be the first distance-learning business school to be Internationally Triple Certified by ISO International. The school received the certification through its South African campus. ISO is a Swiss Standards Organization that provides standards with a membership of 163 national bodies. As such it is a truly international accreditation. International Standards make things work. They give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. ISO has published 21,645 International Standards and related documents, covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture, healthcare and education. ISO International Standards impact everyone, everywhere in over 163 countries. Monarch Business School has achieved certification for ISO:9001, ISO:14001 and OHSAS:18001."

    I'm aware of the nature of the private universities in Switzerland, and that they are members of several accrediting bodies but not accredited by them. I'm not asking about that.

    I'm looking into a doctorate in finance just as a life achievement and to put research effort into a professional interest. Although I do note that PhD grads from here hold/have held faculty positions in respected universities in my country.

    Thanks for looking and for any input!
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    I don’t know that ISO certification has any real meaning re academic oversight and quality.
  3. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Well-Known Member

    ISO is based in Geneva but does not mean what you think it means. I’ve consulted on all three of those standards... and if an academic institution is touting them as their accreditation... it is grievously deceptive. I wouldn’t even consider looking at them further.

    I take that back, I would be curious at who their private ISO Auditors were... by the way, the last one was a BSI standard that has transitioned to ISO 45000.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2020
  4. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Well-Known Member

    Quickly glanced at their website, it doesn't appear they tout those standards as their accreditation, simply additional credential/recognition that they've achieved. As Johann and Steve mentioned in the other thread, the bigger concerns are will the degree be recognized and is it really a justifiable cost based on it being cantonally licensed.
  5. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    As a forum member (I forget who) once said, re: another school touting so-called ISO "accreditation" : "What are the ISO standards for a degree mill, anyway?"
    Somebody's answer: "If you can draft standards for cement lifeboats and prove yours adhere to them..."

    IIRC that started a thread hijack about use of ferro-cement in boats.
  6. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    That might have been me . . . there is an annual competition, it's an engineering thing, to build and race a concrete canoe. It's fun. The fact is that in the last 20 years there have been some interesting technological developments in the world of concrete. In case it's not already obvious, I am attempting to hijack two different threads, separated by years of time, with the same stupid story about concrete canoes. I think I've succeeded.
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  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    You have indeed. Congratulations. Well-done! And I don't think the story is stupid at all. Another win for technology. I'm entering the next lead balloon race, myself!

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