St. Clements University
St Clements University is a higher education institution which has reported itself to be registered in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Its website lists a number of affiliations and recognitions and a network of over 20 centres and offices in a number of countries. Since 2005 it has established locally registered autonomous schools, St Clements University Higher Education School in Niue, St Clements University in Somalia, and the Université Suisse Privée St Cléments (St Clements Private Swiss University).
|This section relies on references to primary sources. (March 2011)|
St Clements University Higher Education School in Niue states that it was licenced by the Niue Minister of Higher Education in March 2005 and is approved by the Association of Computer Professionals and the Association of Tourism and Hospitality Executives to teach their programs.
The Université Suisse Privée St Cléments states that it was registered in the Swiss Canton of Vaud in 2008 and offers joint programs with the Institute of Professional Financial Managers, the Institute of Management Specialists, Design, Technoogy and Management Society International, the International Institute of Engineers, the International Guild of Academians and the Institute of Human Resource Management.
St Clements University has no United States accreditation. It is not accredited according to Oregon, Texas, Michigan, and Maine official government listings. According to the United States Department of Education, unaccredited degrees and credits may be unacceptable to employers or other institutions and restricted or illegal in some jurisdictions, e.g. St Clements University degrees are illegal to use in Texas and have restrictions to their use in Oregon.
The Oregon Office of Degree Authorization reports that the government of New Zealand treats the St. Clements operation in Niue as being "substandard" and has requested "that its degrees not be included in international listings."
In 1999, under parliamentary privilege, Senator Kim Carr referred to a number of institutions including St Clements University which, in his opinion, were operating from Australia as "degree mills". He said that when a member of his staff contacted the company identified as administering St Clements it was discovered that it was also a whisky distributing company and alleged educational services company. Senator Carr subsequently referred to St Clements as reminiscent of "the famous pirates of old . . . using legal devices and incompetence by government ministers and making a bridgehead into this country’s educational institutions" and as being operated out of a "grog shop" (Australian slang for a liquor store).
- St Clements University website
- Campuses & Schools, St Clements University website
- St Clements University Higher Education School in Niue website
- St Clements University in Somalia website
- Université Suisse Privée St Cléments website
- Accreditation document from Niue Government and other professional bodies
- Accreditation document from the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia
- List of Professional Bodies offering Joint Programs with the Université Suisse Privée St Cléments
- Unaccredited colleges, Oregon Office of Degree Authorization
- Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas state government
- Non-accredited Schools, Michigan
- Non-Accredited Colleges & Universities List, Maine
- Information concerning unaccredited universities, University of Illinois High Energy Physics Group, retrieved October 2008
- "Transcript, Senate Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business, and Educational Reference Committee" (pdf). Australian Senate. 2001-05-15. p. 68. Retrieved September 15, 2006.
- "Consideration of Official Estimates: Supplemental Hearings" (pdf). Australian Senate. 1999-05-06. pp. 64–66. Retrieved September 14, 2006.[dead link]
- St Clements University website
- Université Suisse Privée St Cléments website (Switzerland)
- Information about St. Clements University - Switzerland