January Newsletter 2009, Volume XI, Number 1

 PUBLICATIONS

“World List of Universities and Other Institutions of Higher Education” [WLU] will no longer be published. The 25th and final edition of this companion to the “International Handbook of Universities” [IHU] was published in 2006. It is still available [email: orders@palgrave.com; Web: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?is=1403992525]. Beginning with the 2009 edition, IHU will be published annually, and it will include the information formerly printed in the WLU.

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W E B   S I T E S   A N D   E M A I L   A D D R E S S E S

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unrecognized_accreditation_associations_of_higher_learning   -   for a list of 117 accrediting organizations that have no official recognition from a government in any country.

https://aei.gov.au/AEI/Security/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fAEI%2fshop%2fproducts%2fcep%2fcepaccess.aspx   -   for the Web site of Australian Education International and access to AEI’s online country education profiles on Colombia, Kuwait, Netherlands, Norway, and Peru.

http://immigration.alberta.ca/iqas-profiles   -   to access free International Education Guides published by International Qualifications Assessment Service [IQAS].

http://goidirectory.nic.in/education.htm  -   for links to the Web sites of some of the universities and other tertiary educational institutions in India.

http://www.education.ie/servlet/blobservlet/he_providers_of_higher_education_ireland.htm?language=EN   -   for links to institutions that provide higher education in Ireland.

http://www.meduca.gob.pa/files/diredocentes/listadoUreconocidas.pdf   -   for a list of recognized universities in Panama.

http://www.ugc.ac.lk/universities%20&%20institutions.html   -   for information about universities, postgraduate institutes, other institutes, and other recognized degrees, provided by the University Grants Commission in Sri Lanka.

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/recognisedukdegrees/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.view&CategoryID=1   -   for information on recognized UK Degrees.

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COUNTRY INFORMATION

ALBANIA

Universiteti Luarasi (Luarasi University), a private institution in Tirane, was established on 11 September 2003.

Universiteti POLIS - Shkolla Nderkombetare e Arkitektures dhe Politikave te Zhvillimit Urban [U-POLIS] (POLIS University - International School of Architecture and Urban Development Policies), a private institution in Tirane, was established in 2006.

Universiteti Zoja e Keshillit te Mire (University of Our Lady of Good Counsel), a private institution in Tirane, was established in 2004.

BHUTAN

Royal University of Bhutan (in Thimphu) was established in 2003 via merger of ten colleges and institutes located throughout the country.

ENGLAND

Brooks College (in London) is not an officially recognized degree-granting institution.

Leicester College of Professional Studies (in London) is not an officially recognized degree-granting institution.

Liverpool Hope University was established in 2005 via merger of three Anglican and Catholic teacher training colleges dating to 1844.

IRELAND

West Coast University (in Dublin) is not officially recognized as a degree-granting institution.

PANAMA

Barbican University, which is incorporated in Panama, is not included in the Listado de Universidades Reconocidas that is part of the Web site of the Direccion Nacional de Educacion Superior of the Ministerio de Educacion of Panama. Barbican University operates in the United States (in Washington DC), but it is not listed in “2007-2008 Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education” (a publication of the American Council on Education).

THAILAND

Ratchadamnoen University, named for the road on which anti-government rallies were held in September 2008, was created to produce Ph.D. degrees that were sold for $3 to raise money for the People’s Alliance for Democracy.

UNITED  STATES

Barbican University (in Washington DC), which is incorporated in Panama, is not listed in “2007-2008 Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education” (a publication of the American Council on Education). It is also not included in the Listado de Universidades Reconocidas that is part of the Web site of the Direccion Nacional de Educacion Superior of the Ministerio de Educacion of Panama.

International Association of Universities and Schools is not an officially recognized accrediting organization.

Kingdom College of Natural Health (formerly located in Wyoming and now in Guam) is not listed in “2007-2008 Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education” (a publication of the American Council on Education).

University of Newcastle (in Delaware and Washington DC) is not listed in “2007-2008 Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education” (a publication of the American Council on Education).

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PIONEER  FUND  RESEARCH  PROPOSALS  APPROVED

A small group of colleagues in international education dreamed up the idea of memorializing the contributions of former colleagues who, over their lifetimes, contributed substantially to the field of international education, particularly in educating or training others in the work of evaluating foreign educational credentials.

Pioneers who died in the recent past include Sari Halasz, Sandy Jameson, Hattie Jarmon, Cassandra Pyle, Martena Sasnett, Al Sims, and Ruth Storey. Contributions to the Pioneer Fund could be dedicated to any one of them, or to one or more others, or to the pioneer group as a whole.

A special fund was established for this purpose: Pioneers in International Education Research Fund (Pioneer Fund). ECE administered this fund, in a separate dedicated bank account. ECE is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Therefore contributions were tax deductible.

Donations were received from 26 individuals and 4 organizations.  A receipt for tax purposes was sent to each donor.

Disbursement of money from the Pioneer Fund was determined by the fund's steering committee: Rebecca Dixon (chair), Christine Kerlin, and Leo Sweeney. Research proposals were requested early in 2008.

The steering committee selected two research proposals for funding:

Kathleen Freeman, an international education consultant in Lansdale PA, is preparing an update on the educational system of Morocco.

Emily Tse, Director of Evaluations at International Education Research Foundation, is conducting a comparative analysis of the approach to credential evaluation in Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, and United States, including the respective educational systems and their secondary education completion credentials and first university degrees.

These research projects will be completed in 2009. The results will be distributed electronically, without charge.

When the funds supporting these projects have been disbursed, the Pioneer Fund will be closed.

 

 

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