August Newsletter 2008, Volume X, Number 8

PUBLICATIONS

“Country Education Profiles: Australia 2008" [AEI-NOOSR, GPO Box 1407, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia; telephone: 61-3-8341-3611; email: educational.noosr@dest.gov.au], 97 pages, provides detailed information concerning the education system and links to the Web sites of 43 universities.

“International Education Guide For The Assessment Of Education From China” [International Qualifications Assessment Service, 9th Floor, 108 Street Building, 9942-108 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2J5, Canada; telephone: 780-427-2655; fax: 780-422-9734; Web: www.immigration.alberta.ca/iqas], 92 pages, 2007, provides detailed information concerning the education system and 24 pages of sample educational credentials.

“International Education Guide For The Assessment Of Education From The Philippines” [International Qualifications Assessment Service, 9th Floor, 108 Street Building, 9942-108 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2J5, Canada; telephone: 780-427-2655; fax: 780-422-9734; Web: www.immigration.alberta.ca/iqas], 96 pages, 2007, provides detailed information concerning the education system and 42 pages of sample educational credentials.

“International Education Guide For The Assessment Of Education From The United Kingdom of Great Britain And Northern Ireland” [International Qualifications Assessment Service, 9th Floor, 108 Street Building, 9942-108 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2J5, Canada; telephone: 780-427-2655; fax: 780-422-9734; Web: www.immigration.alberta.ca/iqas], 79 pages, 2007, provides detailed information concerning the education systems and 17 pages of sample educational credentials.

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Correction: The Web site for the National Framework of Qualifications [NFQ] of Ireland was incorrectly written in the edition of this Newsletter for 8 July 2008 (Volume X, Number 7). It is http://www.nfq.ie, not http://www.nfg.ie as was stated there.

http://www.hep.uiuc.edu/home/g-gollin/pigeons/   -   for “information resources concerning unaccredited degree-granting institutions” (currently 248 pages if printed out).

http://www.univdhaka.edu/DownLoads/DU-Prospectus-2008.pdf   -   for the 176-page prospectus for 2008 of the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh (including many pictures in color).

http://www.univdhaka.edu   -   for the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

duregstr@bangla.net   -   for the Registrar of the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

http://www.cicic.ca/docs/postsec/graphics/EducationSystem_Canada.pdf   -   for a graphic display of the four education systems in Canada.

http://www/aucc.ca/can_uni/index_e.html   -   for information on tertiary institutions in Canada provided by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada [AUCC].

http://www.ugc.ac.in/inside/deemeduniv.html   -   for a list of institutions deemed to be a university by the University Grants Commission of India.

http://www.ugc.ac.in/inside/fakealerts.html  -   for a list of fake universities maintained by the University Grants Commission of India.

fulb-ank@tr.net   -   for the Fulbright office in Ankara, Turkey.

fulb-ist@tr.net   -   for the Fulbright office in Istanbul, Turkey.

www.fulbright.org.tr   -   for the Web site of the Fulbright Commission in Turkey.

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COUNTRY INFORMATION

AUSTRALIA

Australian Maritime College (in Launceston, Tasmania), established in 1978, enrolled its first students in 1980. It became an institute of the University of Tasmania on 1 January 2008. The College has three components: National Centre for Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability, National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics, and National Centre for Ports and Shipping.

CANADA

Lansbridge University (in New Brunswick) is not authorized to operate in British Columbia.

Vancouver University Worldwide (in Vancouver, British Columbia) is not an officially recognized degree-granting institution in British Columbia.

DOMINICA

On 2 July 2008, Dixie E. Randock was sentenced by U.S. District Court in Spokane, Washington (USA) to three years in prison after pleading guilty in March 2008 to fraud-conspiracy charges related to selling fake degrees online in the name of Saint Regis University, which she claimed was located in Dominica or Liberia when in fact she operated it out of rural Spokane. She and Steven K. Randock (her husband) and Heidi Kae Lorhan (her daughter), who also pled guilty in March 2008, operated diploma mills under dozens of other names as well including James Monroe University. Blake A. Carlson and Richard J. Novak pled guilty to related charges.

ENGLAND

Quality Assurance Commission Limited is not an officially recognized accrediting organization.

Middlesex University awards doctoral degrees in two ways: based on a thesis, or based on public works. In 2006-2007, it awarded 45 Ph.D. degrees based on a thesis, 4 Ph.D. degrees based on public works, 28 professional doctorates based on a thesis (D.Prof. or D.Psych.), and 3 D.Prof. degrees based on public works. The diploma for a degree based on public works identifies that basis. To obtain a degree based on public works, in any field of study taught by the University, candidates must provide their own published works and a context statement of 10,000 to 30,000 words prepared under the supervision of the University, and they must defend these items at an oral examination. Works accepted for publication but not yet published are acceptable if supported by a letter of verification from the publisher.

FINLAND

Aalto Korkeakoulu (Aalto University), established by a charter granted by the Ministry of Education on 25 June 2008, is being formed via merger of Helsingin Kauppakorkeakoulu (Helsinki School of Economics) [also translated as Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration], established in 1911, Teknillinen Korkeakoulu (University of Technology) [also translated as Helsinki University of Technology], established in 1908, and Taideteollinen Korkeakoulu (University of Art and Design) [also translated as University of Art and Design Helsinki], established in 1871. The new university will begin operating on 1 August 2009.

Ita-Suomen Yliopisto (Eastern Finland University) [also translated as University of Eastern Finland] will be established on 1 January 2010 via merger of Joensuun Yliopisto (University of Joensuu), established in 1969, and Kuopion Yliopisto (University of Kuopio), which was established in 1966 but enrolled its first students in 1972. The new university will have four faculties: health sciences, humanities and behavioral sciences, science and forestry, and social sciences, business and law.

Keski-Suomen Yliopisto (Central Finland University) will be established on 1 January 2010 via merger of Jyvaskylan Yliopisto (University of Jyvaskyla), established in 1983, Tampereen Teknillinen Korkeakoulu (Tampere University of Technology), established in 1965, and Tampereen Yliopisto (University of Tampere), which was established as Civic College in Helsinki in 1925, moved to Tampere and renamed School of Social Sciences in 1960, and renamed University of Tampere in 1966.

Maanpuolustuskorkeakoulu (National Defense College), a university-equivalent institution, is operated by the Ministry of Defense.

Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu (Metropolia Vocational Higher School) [also translated as Metropolia Polytechnic, and as Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences] was established on 1 August 2008 via merger of EVTEK Ammattikorkeakoulu (EVTEK Vocational Higher School) [also translated as EVTEK Polytechnic, and as EVTEK University of Applied Sciences] and Helsingin Ammattikorkeakoulu Stadia (Helsinki Vocational Higher School Stadia) [also translated as Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia]. The new institution has four faculties: culture, economics and business administration, health care and social services, and technology. {EVTEK Ammattikorkeakoulu  was established in 1985 as Espoo-Vantaan Ammattikorkeakoulu (Espoo-Vantaa Vocational Higher School) [also translated as Espoo-Vantaa Institute of Technology] and was renamed EVTEK Ammattikorkeakoulu in 1996. Helsingin Ammattikorkeakoulu Stadia was established in 1996.}

Poliisiammattikorkeakoulu (Police Higher Vocational School) [also known as Polisyrkeshogskolan (Police College)], a polytechnic-equivalent institution, is operated by the Ministry of the Interior.

Turun Kauppakorkeakoulu (Turku School of Economics and Business Administration), established in 1950, and Turun Yliopisto (University of Turku), established in 1920, will merge to form a new university in 2010.

University of the Arctic, established in Rovaniemi on 12 June 2001, is a multinational cooperative network of 103 universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the Arctic region.

Yrkeshogskolan Novia (Novia Polytechnic) [also translated as Novia University of Applied Sciences] was established on 1 August 2008 as a network institution with branches in seven coastal towns in the Swedish-speaking region of southwestern and western Finland. The language of instruction is Swedish.

INDIA

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (near Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala), operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation, was deemed to be a university in January 2008, for an initial period of five years.

Nirma University of Science and Technology (in Ahmedabad, Gujarat), established in 2003, offers a five-year integrated program in pharmacy leading to a Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours degree [B.Pharm. Hons.] designed to meet the requirements for licensure as a pharmacist in the United States and in other countries. Admission requires completion of higher secondary education. Applicants who received a Bachelor of Pharmacy [B.Pharm.] degree upon completion of a four-year program at this university or at another university in India are admitted to the fifth year of the five-year program.

KENYA

Bircham International University (in Madrid, Spain) operates in Kenya without authority from the Commission for Higher Education.

LIBERIA

On 2 July 2008, Dixie E. Randock was sentenced by U.S. District Court in Spokane, Washington (USA) to three years in prison after pleading guilty in March 2008 to fraud-conspiracy charges related to selling fake degrees online in the name of Saint Regis University, which she claimed was located in Dominica or Liberia when in fact she operated it out of rural Spokane. She and Steven K. Randock (her husband) and Heidi Kae Lorhan (her daughter), who also pled guilty in March 2008, operated diploma mills under dozens of other names as well including James Monroe University. Blake A. Carlson and Richard J. Novak pled guilty to related charges.

ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

In February 2008, a court in Spokane, Washington (USA) charged Richard H. Cleigh with wire fraud and mail fraud related to a diploma mill he created and operated, Saint John University of St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

UNITED  ARAB  EMIRATES

Mohammed Bin Rashid Media College (in Dubai) was established on 21 July 2008.

UNITED  STATES

In February 2008, a court in Spokane, Washington (USA) charged Richard H. Cleigh with wire fraud and mail fraud related to a diploma mill he created and operated, Saint John University of St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

On 2 July 2008, Dixie E. Randock was sentenced by U.S. District Court in Spokane (Washington, USA) to three years in prison after pleading guilty in March 2008 to fraud-conspiracy charges related to selling fake degrees online in the name of Saint Regis University, which she claimed was located in Dominica or Liberia when in fact she operated it out of rural Spokane. She and Steven K. Randock (her husband) and Heidi Kae Lorhan (her daughter), who also pled guilty in March 2008, operated diploma mills under dozens of other names as well including James Monroe University. Blake A. Carlson and Richard J. Novak pled guilty to related charges.

American Association for Higher Education and Accreditation (in Washington DC) is not recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation [CHEA] or by the U.S. Department of Education [USDE].

Bircham International University (in Madrid, Spain) operates in the United States but it is not listed in “2007-2008 Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education,” a publication of the American Council on Education.

Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania) was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary in 2005.

New-Millennium Accrediting Partnership For Educators Worldwide (in Washington DC) is not recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation [CHEA] or by the U.S. Department of Education [USDE].

Palmer University (in St. Louis, Missouri) is not listed in “2007-2008 Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education,” a publication of the American Council on Education.

Pickering University, incorporated in Hawaii on 3 August 1994 and operated out of a mail-forwarding company located in a shopping mall in Honolulu, was also known as Pickering University The United Congregational Church and as Pickering University The United Congregational Church Society of Friends Group. A circuit court in Hawaii dissolved the Pickering University corporation on 16 May 2003.

University of Berkley (in Illinois and Michigan) is not listed in “2007-2008 Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education,” a publication of the American Council on Education.

Villa Julie College (in Stevenson, Maryland) was renamed Stevenson University in June 2008.

 

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