Although I had previously stated that no response had been forthcoming (which, as previously noted on this forum, in and of itself was extremely revealing), on another channel, the owner of a notorious degree mill attempted to belittle my efforts at uncovering any official information concerning his venture. This degree mill owner had the chutzpah to characterize the reluctance of a governmental agency to provide any information concerning his “flying-under-the-radar” venture as some kind of proof of its legitimacy. As such, I decided to, once again, redouble my efforts to seek an official comment on his “institution.” Today, I finally received an official response to my queries. Here is, without any editing whatsoever, the extent of my communication with the Danish Ministry of Education. On January 6, 2005, I wrote to the following message to [email protected] a duplicate of the email I sent on July 22, 2003 (for which I received no reply): Dear Sir or Madam: I am looking for information on a Danish enterprise calling itself Knightsbridge University. I cannot seem to find any information on your Web site. Knightsbridge University claims to be registered for corporate purposes in Denmark, and states that they are not part of the formal Danish higher education system. I am unsure what they mean by this, as they offer degrees from the Bachelors level through the Ph.D.. Are they legally authorized to confer such degrees? If so, to what kind of oversight is the university subjected (laws, regulations, etc.)? In other words, is Knightsbridge University a legitimate degree granting institution? The contact information listed on their Web site is as follows: Knightsbridge University Postbox 13 Skelvej 2 8981 Spentrup Denmark Tel:+45 5132 0457 Fax:+45 8647 9828 www.knightsbridgeuniversity.com [email protected] I appreciate any information you can provide. Moreover, I thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Sincerely, Gus Sainz Today I received the following reply: Dear Sir With reference to your e-mail of 6 January I can inform you of the following: * Knightsbridge University is not on our website because it is not a public funded university. * KU is a fully private and corporate entity/university, and their registration is therefore as stated solely for corporate purposes. * KU has no formal or legal authority to award degrees as bachelor, Master or Ph.D. And their degrees - as they are not officially recognised by the Ministry - will not secure admission to other Danish (public) universities. * KU is not subjected to the quality assurance mechanisms/systems that public universities in Denmark are. The quality of their education is therefore unknown to the Ministry. I hope this is satisfactory. Best regards Mads Meinert Special Adviser Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Tel. +45 7226 5599 Once again (and it bears repeating), according to the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (who oversees higher education in Denmark), Knightsbridge University ”has no formal or legal authority to award degrees as bachelor, Master or Ph.D.” Pay particular attention to the use of the term ”legal” (their words, not mine). In other words (with apologies to both Austin Powers and Steve Levicoff) Knightsbridge University is a freakin’ degree mill. Yeah, baby, a mill! That faintly apologetic voice you hear saying, “It isn’t mine, baby, I swear,” is that of "Dr." Henrik Fyrst Kristensen, international degree mill owner of mystery (who started selling bogus doctorate degrees to others while still in his early twenties).