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Canterbury University (Seychelles)

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Not to be confused with the University of Canterbury in New Zealand or the Canterbury Christ Church University in England.

Canterbury University is an unaccredited,[1] private, degree-granting institution. According to its website, Canterbury University was established in 1974 in Hyde-Cheshire, Manchester, United Kingdom and is an independent university that delivers various specialized scientific courses.[2] The address used by Canterbury University is the address of a company called Mail Accommodation Office Services.[3] It has been reported that Canterbury University in the Republic of Seychelles is associated with[4]


According to the British Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, Canterbury University is neither a recognised body for UK degree awards,[5][not in citation given] nor is it a listed body,[6] neither is Canterbury University accredited by any higher education accreditation organization recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Its degrees may not be acceptable to employers or other institutions, and use of degree titles may be restricted or illegal in some jurisdictions. [7] A 2005 article in World Education News & Reviews discussed the continua of legitimacy and acceptability of academic institutions, ranging from "highly legitimate" and "highly acceptable" to "illegal" and "no acceptability," respectively; the author stated that although Canterbury University and others like it operate legally and the degrees conferred are "acceptable to some", it is an example of an institution "further down" both scales.[4]

Degree recipients

The city manager of a Florida municipality was fired in 2007 and later charged with the criminal offense of making false claims after it was discovered that his claimed PhD and master's degrees were from Canterbury University, which was described as "a 'diploma mill' rather than a legitimate school of higher learning."[8] The criminal case was dismissed in 2009. Reasons for dismissal included a finding that the city manager had not falsely claimed to hold an academic degree, as alleged, because he did hold a degree from Canterbury University, as well as a concern that the prosecution had failed to provide essential details regarding the alleged offense.[9][10] The manager, Jerry Tramel, issued a statement saying that he had been "exonerated," but an assistant state attorney told news media that this interpretation was "overblown."[10]

In February 2013, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania woman was sentenced to seven years' probation for two felony counts of fraud that involved using a phony diploma from Canterbury University to get counseling jobs. [11]

See also


  1. ^ "Unaccredited colleges". Oregon Office of Degree Authorization. Archived from the original on 2007-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Official website of Canterbury University". Archived from the original on 2008-06-19. 
  3. ^ Far from funny, by Geoffrey Alderman, The Guardian, 9 September 2003
  4. ^ a b George Brown, Fighting Credential Fraud: A Brief Critique of Australian and American Approaches to Qualification Verification and Authentication, World Education News & Reviews, Volume 18, Issue 5, October 2005, retrieved from website 24 May 2007 and 16 February 2009
  5. ^ "Recognised UK degrees". Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, Government of the United Kingdom. 2008-06-11. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Listed Bodies search". Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, Government of the United Kingdom. 2008-06-11. Archived from the original on 2008-03-29. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Bogus Degrees Warning". Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, Government of the United Kingdom. 2008-06-11. Archived from the original on 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  8. ^ Buckhalter, Deborah (April 15, 2008). "Trial date set for former Sneads city manager charged with cheating, making false claims". Jackson County Floridan. Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. 
  9. ^ Order granting defendant's motions to dismiss, 14th Circuit case 07-600CF
  10. ^ a b Buckhalter, Deborah (October 6, 2009). "Charges against Tramel dropped". Jackson County Floridan. Archived from the original on 2012-02-27. 
  11. ^ Pa. woman gets probation over fraudulent diploma, The Sentinel, Carlisle, PA February 26, 2013

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