PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are so caught up with degrees that many would go to any lengths for one.
And degree mills â bodies that award degrees with little or no study â are ready to hand out the awards to many who want to boost their business position, social status or political standing.
Dubious: Irish International University – a degree mill.
The Starprobeâs search reveals that many Malaysians are buying dubious Bachelorâs, Masterâs and even Doctorates from popular degree âconferringâ bodies, among them the American-based Preston Uni-versity and Newport University; Dublin Metropolitan University (DMU) and Irish International University (IIU).
Other dubious institutions which are not in recognised accreditation registries include Connaught University, Pacific Western University, American Northeast State University, Western University, European University, Hill University, Rochville University and Buxton University.
When the Starprobe team conducted a search, including on the Internet, for the âalumniâ of these degree mills, the list included prominent personalities in different sectors:
Cambodian premier Hun Sen (right) receiving his honorary degree from Irish International University head, a Malaysian called Hardeep Singh Sandhu, in 2007.
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