According to a recent article in the Sun News Online, thousands of Nigerian students have been shocked to learn that they have been attending illegal universities and that any transcripts, certificates, or degrees they may have earned are worthless. The National Universities Commission raided several study centres and closed them for operating without federal government approval. In some situations, lectures were being taught by unqualified instructors, tuition was paid to third party accounts, approval was granted for specific programs but other, higher level programs were offered instead, and other nefarious methods were used to trick students into believing they were earning legitimate, valid credentials. In other situations, though, the main campus of an institution was legitimately authorized but not the illegal campus in question. In some cases, the institutions outright lied and printed false advertising materials.
These are some of the specific institutions mentioned in the article. Inclusion on this list means only that the institution in question was listed in the article, either as one of the universities or study centres to be closed OR as universities whose names have been illegally and unknowingly co-opted by this fraud. Please read the complete article for further details.
- Topmost International Comprehensive Secondary School
- Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State
- Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso
- Itire Primary School, Ijesha, Lagos
- University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
- University of Ibadan (UI)
- Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife
- Charles Lorie French Academy, FESTAC, Lagos
- Institute of Security Management Operations
- Chartered Institute of Administration, Ojo
- Evan Enwerem University, Owerri, Imo State
Students who unwittingly enrolled in these fraudulent programs have little recourse but have been advised to enroll in the National Open University of Nigeria or the University of Lagos Distance Learning Program while attempting to hold the proprietors financially responsible.
Early Bird Registration for the NAFSA 2011 annual conference in Vancouver ends today, and regular registration continues through May 6. The pre-conference edition of the NAFSA wRAP-Up is available online and will give you more in-depth information about the workshops, sessions, and other events that are specifically related to recruitment and marketing, admissions and credentials evaluation, sponsored student programming, English language training, the Bologna process, and overseas educational advising. Just like last year, the pre-conference edition includes 1- or 2-page summaries of all conference activities specific to each of the the six knowledge communities listed above as well as international enrollment management.
Happy Earth Day, everyone!
While Earth Day is not directly related to international education, we believe that international exchange AND protecting our environment are both critical to the continued future of our world, both literally and figuratively.
You can learn more about earth day at the Earth Day Network.
Also, we are currently working on this year’s revision to “Researching International Education Systems and Institutions” so if you have any information that you’d like to see included, please send us an email!
International credentials evaluation is fascinating, bewildering, time-consuming, thrilling, and exhausting – and that’s the stuff in English! This session from the 2011 NAFSA Texas State Meeting was designed to provide an introduction to the challenges of foreign transcript evaluations. It include numerous frequently asked – or not-asked-but-should-be! – question along with opinions, tools, and strategies for working with foreign academic credentials. Among many other topics, this session touched on: calculating credits for Russian hours, Indian marks, French coefficients, and others; official documents; accreditation/recognition and diploma mills; a glossary of international education terms; translations; advanced standing for 13-year systems; private education companies; tricky situations; building a library; and more.
Stay tuned for our formal unveiling of the new Evaluator’s FAQ which will be a permanent forum for foreign transcript evaluation Frequently Asked Questions.