Educational Accreditation

A PhD in the ignoble art of cheating

With the mainland having so many qualified people and too few jobs, it is hardly surprising that the selling of bogus academic degrees has evolved into a thriving industry.

Thursday, 23 June, 2011, 12:00am

Organisation sets its sights on Asia

One in five students worldwide studies business and 40 per cent of those students are in Asia. There are more than 5,000 institutions in Asia awarding business degrees with numbers continuing to grow rapidly. Asia is now officially threatening the United States as the MBA and higher education capital of the world.

11 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Obsession with credentials fans fake-degree industry

The trade in fake academic credentials, reported on the opposite page, makes for a cautionary tale. Worryingly, the few cases uncovered recently involving Hong Kong people are just the tip of an iceberg. The world is awash with fakes and academic impostors.

24 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Lawmakers demand inquiry into storm over nursing accreditation

An independent panel should investigate the nurses' accreditation controversy at the Institute of Technology, lawmakers said yesterday.

The Nursing Council last month refused to accredit the institute's associate degree in nursing, meaning its graduates cannot become registered nurses.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Making the grade

The recent decision by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong not to extend professional accreditation to an associate degree course run by a private institute of technology - which caused much anxiety among the 140 students about their future - has once again drawn public attention to the 'plight' of associate degree holders.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am


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9 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Bogus UK university bust sparks call to act

Britain's higher education watchdog has called for urgent action to root out unaccredited education providers following an investigation that revealed Irish International University (IIU) to be bogus.

Universities UK, which represents Britain's universities and some higher education colleges, said fake providers threatened the country's academic reputation.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Do homework before departing

No one or organisation in Hong Kong can tell which overseas tertiary institutes offer accredited courses as there is virtually no system to find this out until the students have completed their studies.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

List of accredited colleges months away from completion

Tertiary students applying for a new financial aid scheme at the end of the month face uncertainty because the full list of accredited institutions, including private colleges hoping to benefit from the scheme, will not be finalised for another two to three months.

4 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Grace period over for foreign courses

Students considering enrolling in courses run by organisations outside Hong Kong can now only join those which are registered.

The grace period for existing courses under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance has expired.

9 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Courses still open despite court order

STUDENTS are still being recruited by a United States university despite its failure to stave off a closure order amid allegations of poor standards.

And there is strong concern that students, who pay up to $65,500 each in course fees, may be unable to complete their distance learning programmes.

9 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

OLI bid to raise status

THE Opening Learning Institute (OLI) is hoping to become an open university by 1997, says chairman Peter Wong Hong-yuen.

The Hong Kong Council of Academic Accreditation has validated 18 of OLI's 25 degree programmes. Four more are expected to be accredited soon.

6 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Council limit

THE Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation has no plan to extend its accrediting authority to cover non-local tertiary institutions. The Secretary for Education and Manpower, Michael Leung Man-kin, said the recognition of non-local qualifications were matters which depended on individual discretion.

1 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Baptist students want freer hand

THE Hong Kong Baptist College is most likely to be awarded university status within the academic year, according to the college's Board of Governors and Council.

Students, although overjoyed with the good news, cast doubt on whether they were mature enough to be university undergraduates.

22 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Check out institutions

HONGKONG students intending to enrol in colleges in the United States should ensure that the institutions they are going to are properly accredited.

Usually, US higher education institutions have their standards certified through accreditation by one of the following regional bodies.

30 Jul 1993 - 12:00am