Canterbury University (Seychelles)

Canterbury University (Seychelles)

Canterbury University is an unaccredited, for profit, private, degree-granting institution incorporated in the Republic of Seychelles. Though its name is very similar, Canterbury University is affiliated with neither the University of Canterbury in New Zealand nor Canterbury Christ Church University in England.

According to their website, Canterbury University claims to have been "established in 1974 in Hyde-Cheshire, Manchester, United Kingdom" and is an "independent university that delivers various specialized scientific courses." [ [ Official website of Canterbury University] , retrieved 2008-09-17]

Canterbury University is not accredited by any recognised accreditation body. As such, its degrees may not be acceptable to employers or other institutions, and use of degree titles may be restricted or illegal in some jurisdictions.

According to the British Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, Canterbury University is neither a recognised body for UK degree awards,cite web |url=
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] nor is it a listed body.cite web |url=
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] It appears on the list of unaccredited degree suppliers maintained by the US state of Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization "for the protection of the citizens of Oregon and their post-secondary schools by identifying those degree suppliers that do not meet the requirements of ORS 348.609(1)". [ [ Unaccredited colleges] - Oregon Office of Degree Authorization, retrieved 24 May 2007] [ [ Rules implementing Oregon Revised Statutes pertaining to Oregon law ORD 348.609] - Oregon Secretary of State, retrieved 24 May 2007]

Canterbury University has been discussed in the article "Fighting Credential Fraud" in "World Education News & Reviews", published by the non-profit World Education Services, as being towards what the article writer calls the "no acceptability" end of a continuum of acceptability and the "illegal" end of the continuum of legitimacy, though it should be emphasized that the institution's operations themselves are not illegal per se within the jurisdiction in which Canterbury University is chartered. [ [ Fighting Credential Fraud] - World Education News & Reviews website, retrieved 24 May 2007]

There have been other articles that refer to Canterbury University in uncomplimentary terms. In the Jackson County Floridan a PhD degree and a Master's degree was referred to in the following way, "it appears that the degrees listed on his job application allegedly came from a “diploma mill” rather than a legitimate school of higher learning." [ [ Trial date set for former Sneads city manager charged with cheating, making false claims] , by Deborah Buckhalter, Jackson County Floridan, April 15 2008]

ee also

*List of unaccredited institutions of higher learning


External links

* [ Official website of Canterbury University of the Seychelles]
* [,5500,1037681,00.html Sounds Grand] - The Guardian - Tuesday September 9, 2003 - briefly discusses Canterbury University.
* [,5500,1038045,00.html Far from funny] - The Guardian - Tuesday September 9, 2003 - further comment on Canterbury University.

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