[photopress:fake_degree.jpg,full,alignright]According to The Age in Melbourne, an Australian newspaper of record, there now exists the possibility of degrees which are not precisely what they may seem at first glance.
An Age correspondent who is also involved in higher education and is the author of Big in Asia co-written with Charlotte Butlerbig, has discovered the Sino-European International Management Institute (SEIMI), which claims on its website SEIMI to be based in Beijing and Fontainebleau, outside Paris. The French address is that of INSEAD, a top European business school.
The written English on the site of SEIMI is full of spelling and grammatical errors and would not, for a moment, fool any English speaking applicant.
An example, exactly as it appears with the spelling unchanged:
In its history of more than 20 yeas, under the big backgroud of opening wider to the outside world and the global trend of economic integration,the institure is devoted to cultivate prominent executive talents and senior management personnek,who can participate in international cooperation and competition.
SEIMI’s website provides names and photographs of faculty staff, most of whom are France-based INSEAD lecturers and professors. This part of the site is also incorrectly coded and now keeps returning a mysql error. This may be intended as there is non known association between the two establishments.
SEIMI does not appear to actually offer any classes.The website helpfully offers a flow through of how one completes its MBA program. To give it in the full, fine, flavor that appears on the site:
fill in the application form → pay tuition fee→ regist→get letter of admission→multimedia training and self-learning→take examination→submit thesis title→submit thesis outline→complete the thesis and dissertation→award ceremony.
You then have an MBA which, at first glance, appears to come from a prestigious institution with European links. In fact, SEIMI, on the evidence available, seems to be suggesting the characteristics of INSEAD with which it appears to have absolutely no connection.
Source: The Age