Somerset University - a new time bomb

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Yan, Mar 12, 2002.

  1. Yan

    Yan New Member

    A director of Hong Kong listed company is resigned because of the possession of a Somerset's degree. Related link is:

    and then click "Listed Companies Information",
    then "Go"
    then insert stock code "130"
    then "search"
    and then click the announcement.
  2. Monkey

    Monkey New Member

    Part of the announcement as stated by YAN is listed below:-

    The board of directors (the "Directors") of Moiselle International Holdings Limited (the "Company") would like to provide further information in respect of the education qualifications of Mr. Woodhouse Charles Rudiger ("Mr. Woodhouse") as stated in the prospectus of the Company dated 31st January, 2002 (the "Prospectus").

    Terms used herein, unless otherwise defined, shall bear the same meanings as those stated in the Prospectus.

    Further to the announcement dated 7th February, 2002 (the "Announcement"), the Directors wish to provide further information in respect of the education qualifications of Mr. Woodhouse as stated in the Prospectus as follows:

    (1) enquiries which the legal advisers of the Company made with the Department for Education and Skills of the United Kingdom confirmed that Somerset University was not a recognised university in the United Kingdom; and

    (2) Mr. Woodhouse was not aware that Somerset University was not or might not be a recognised university in the United Kingdom when he applied for his master's of laws degree in 1990 up to the time of the issue of the Prospectus

    Is it illegal if any body submits un-recognised university degree to his employer??? Is he obliged to disclose "my degree is from un-recognised university"? Please advise , Thank you !
  3. Yan

    Yan New Member

    I think the use of fake degree of a legitimate university is even worse.
  4. BillDayson

    BillDayson New Member

    That depends. There are some jurisdictions with statutes making use of unrecognized degrees illegal. Other jurisdictions have statutes governing entrance to particular regulated professions.

    But even where it isn't regulated by statute, it is probably grounds for termination and possibly for civil action. If an employee misrepresents his qualifications, and if an employer or client depends on that misrepresentation and suffers damages as a result, I would guess it might be a tort.
  5. Hmmm. The good Mr. Woodhouse seems to have "voted with his feet" on that issue. Perhaps he'd be in a position to answer your question?
  6. ianmoseley

    ianmoseley New Member

    There is a big difference between a University that is unaccredited and clearly admits the fact and Universities such as Somerset and Devon that disguise their status and origins by giving false addresses on their web-sites.

    It is a reasonable presumption in the latter case that there is something to hide and that is likely to be bogus qualifications.

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