25 July 2005

Scam watch: Bogus Irishmen a.k.a. IIU & DMU

Smile! You've been scammed!

This from Saturday's NST (via MGG Pillai)
Irish Ambassador to Malaysia Daniel Mulhall has called on the Government to take action against the Irish International University for committing deception by parading itself as an Irish university.
Firstly, let me declare my interest in the matter: I've known about IIU & another dubious Irish educational concern, Dublin Metropolitan University
for a few years, primarily from various friends & acquaintances seeking my reaction to their choice of further education provider. Then as now, I've advised that that both "institutions" seemed dubious & were best to be avoided.

As usual for Malaysia, this issue cropped-up because a disgruntled student has lodged an official complaint, in this case with the Consumer Claims Tribunal. I'm curious as to how someone could've been tricked into thinking that either the IIU or MU could possibly be anything but bogus.

It took under 10 minutes of searching the internet to determine IIU & DMU are not bona fine education institutions. What this ape did was
Step 1: Google for irish universities
Step 2: Select the 6th link that says Home Page | Higher Education Authority | An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas
Step 3. Look around the HEA website (hint, the About
page is usually a good place to start). As expected, the page informs that:
The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and development body for higher education and research in Ireland. The HEA has wide advisory powers throughout the whole of the third-level education sector.
Obviously, the HEA is the Irish equivalent of our LAN, & naturally you would expect that any bona fide Irish education institution would be registered with the HEA or at least known to them. As expected, the HEA has a page with links to higher education institutions in both the Republic & Northern Ireland. Not suprisingly neither IIU nor DMU are to be found on the HEA list.

Frankly, if a prospective student doesn't take the trouble to check up some basic facts on an institution they are going to study at, or to take the trouble to check with the relevant education authorities of the prospective university's home country, they deserve to lose every they paid to the scammers.

Start with dreams of an MBA, end up Certified as Gullible.

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