Uruguay degree mill story

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by Kizmet, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    The source is in Uruguay. It's a general article but mentions our old friend St. Regis University and the Liberian connection. Also there is some mention of a local figure whose time bomb exploded recently.

    Títulos universitarios truchos para gente trucha

    "There are worldwide universities garage and degree mills and "we are not talking about education, we talk about trade, people who buy titles and people who sell," he told Rompkbzas Panambí Abadie, member of the subcommittee recognition of diplomas University of the Republic (Udelar) and specialist in Higher Education Administration.
    Abadie explained that most of those who buy such securities are public employees and leaders of government worldwide. Narrated that have been closing factories like this, but "going much faster than us."

    He explained there are "Diploma Mills" and "Degree Mills". The "Diploma Mil" or "degree mill" are securities firms that print whatever you want. Another issue "is that has value," he said. The "Degree Mill" he explained, "are companies that say I'll sell a title" and charged according to the certificate issued.

    There are false institutions which in some cases are a simple mailbox As explained are companies with similar names to universities, "If English is better. It is not the same as saying Universidad del Sauce to say 'Chichester College' (University Sauce), a city in south London, he said.

    According to the expert institutions themselves create verifiers agencies confirm the validity of certificates. "It's about people who have no authorization, which invokes false institutions and selling fantasies," he said.

    Abadie said that this market moves hundreds of millions of dollars. Some of these companies issued up to 10 thousand titles in 20 years with global offering at a cost of one thousand dollars per share. "They even make you the story that the title is worth something," he argued.

    The cost varies according to the prestige of the diploma. "They show facilities do not have. They show teachers who do not have, "he said. Saint Regis is a case "might seem comical" and recalled that it had a training academy in several courses in the state of Washington that was associated with the Embassy of Liberia in the US, by a bribe of $ 2,300 in 1999 and obtained accreditation of that country to operate as an institution of higher education

    the case of Maldonado University Institute of Punta del Este he was recorded. His former rector is a fugitive accused as evader. A significant number of students were affected, as they lost years of study and back had to start their careers at other institutions. was the case of the University of San Fernando who swindled hundreds of people disappeared and a day before.

    The expert said it is not aware of titles have been sold in Uruguay and clarified that these local cases are not like those reported internationally, since it came to problems with quality education.

    Abadie has a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southampton (England), Masters in Education (emphasis on higher education) from the University of Minnesota (USA) and lawyer from the University of the Republic (Uruguay).

    He has held positions at the University of the Republic, at ORT University, the Catholic University of Uruguay, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Association of Universities Montevideo Group. He also served as director of the administrative area of ​​the National Institute of Educational Evaluation."
    translation courtesy of google
  2. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    From the article: "It is not the same as saying Universidad del Sauce to say 'Chichester College' (University Sauce), a city in south London, he said."

    What does this mean - other than Google Translate has stymied me again? I think "sauce" means "willow" in Spanish. Sentence is still a mystery to me in either language. :shock:

    What does University Sauce taste like, anyway? Seeing as it's English, it's probably brown, and contains tamarinds and malt vinegar. :smile:

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  3. jfosj

    jfosj Member

    As far as I know, Uruguay doesnt offer any accredited undergraduate or graduate degrees. Some universities like UDELAR, ORT or Universidad de la Empresa (UDE) may have a limited number of online courses that are offered to their students and not open for the general public.

    Regards, JFO
  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I guess the author's point was that there are degree mills with names similar to "real" universities. He'd just said as much, prior to this oddly-worded example.

    "University Sauce? Yes - there's a bottle on every table in the Refectory - just across the Quadrangle..." :smile:

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