RAK // Joti thought she was studying not only to further her education but also her life. But she ended up losing Dh40,000 after enrolling at a non-accredited college in Ras Al Khaimah.
The 28-year-old Indian was born and raised in the northern emirate, so she did not think to pursue further education outside of the emirate.
She believed she was studying for a master of business administration degree with London American City College in Ras Al Khaimah. The college claimed it would award her an international business MBA from the American Heritage University and a general MBA from Euro College.
She found the MBA course through an advertisement.
“I was advised to choose the course by the management of the college itself,” said Joti. The only child of parents who are “not well educated” said they wanted her to pursue higher education so that she could move to Canada for further studies.
Joti said when she asked the college about its accreditation, she was told that the degree course was recognised by the Government and authorities in the United States and Europe.
She attended night classes from 2010 to 2014, but when she began to question the system, the college staff refused to discuss her concerns.
“When the college refused to meet me, I was informed that I was not allowed to go to college any more,” said Joti. “When I personally went with the degree for attestation they refused to attest it, saying it was fake.”
She became depressed by her experience. “People are playing in the name of education and my dream to travel is also ruined because I cannot even get a proper job with my qualification,” said Joti.
Since 2012, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (now the Ministry of Education) has warned students about fake online degrees and the general issue of attestation, urging them to verify degrees with the ministry before signing up for courses.
Students can find a list of ministry-accredited institutions on its website.
In Dubai, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority also provides a list of accredited institutions that is available online.
London American City College in Ras Al Khaimah did not respond to requests for comment.
Source: uae news