Dodgy degrees

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are so caught up with degrees that many would go to any lengths for one.

And degree mills — bodies that award degrees with little or no study — 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 Starprobe’s search reveals that many Malaysians are buying dubious Bachelor’s, Master’s and even Doctorates from popular degree “conferring” 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 “alumni” 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.

Dodgy degrees

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by grkumar on 29/08/2009 at 6:24 pm

    The need to be a bit introspective and sefl and soul searching is necessary when making absolutist comments about anyone especially i being judgemental.

    There are ver few universities these days that would not award you a degree of choice if you agree to pay your fees and keep terms. This inspite of a candidates abject and unmitigated inability to satisfy the acadmic requirements towards award of the degree.

    Try James Cook, University of Central Queensland from Australia. They admit Chinese students from China with a less than average or acceptable command of the English language, provide part time work opportunities for them to work and pay off their exorbitant fees and pass them on condition of full payment of their fees.

    Degree factories come in two categories. Tose recognised by government and those that are not.




  2. every coin has two faces…..
    and both are equal of value.
    thanks for your comments…


  3. Posted by grkumar on 30/08/2009 at 4:56 am

    Yes but you gave one side and entioned the name of an individual in a less than flattering light perhapss defaming him in the process.

    Everyone who blogs carries some degree of responsibility to ensure fairness and ensure that no harm comes to any individual or group unless it is based on truth.

    You ought to go to takemon and comment on issues there as well. All our blogs are there for the public to comment on.

    What you have published is highly topical and of public interest. It is time someone commented on these issues and you have done it finally.



    • point taken…..
      i didnt mentioned any names but they did(from the source)….
      i thought it was something interesting to be shared here…
      thanks…for the heartiest reminder!
      and i did browse your blog and it is one good blog.


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