By Sam Otieno
Kenyans have been cautioned against enrolling in five international universities purporting to offer degrees and diplomas.
Yesterday, the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) said Bircham International University, Dublin Metropolitan University and Dorcas International Theological College are not authorised to offer degree programmes.
Others that are operating illegally in the country include America World University as well as Nation University US. CHE boss Everret Standa said qualifications from such institutions would not be recognised.
"The public is cautioned against institutions that are offering dubious, unaccredited degree and diploma programmes," said Prof Standa.
The alert comes barely a week after The Standard exposed activities of the United Graduates College and Seminary, which has been dishing out honorary degrees to prominent Kenyans.
The institutions, Standa said, are not allowed to offer the degrees and diplomas either on their own or in collaboration with universities abroad.
According to the commission, Bircham International University is not accredited by any recognised accreditation agency in the US. It has also not been granted authority by CHE to collaborate with any institution in Kenya to offer any university education.
On the other hand, Dublin Metropolitan University is also not accredited by any recognised accreditation agency in Britain, and has also not been granted authority by CHE to collaborate with any local institution.
Authority to collaborate
Standa also cautioned that Dorcas International Theological College has not sought nor has it been granted authority to collaborate with any institution either locally or abroad to offer and award any degree level education and qualifications.
"Nations University, which it purports to collaborate with, does not appear in the list of institutions in USA accredited through any of the accrediting agencies recognised by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in USA," he said.
Therefore, degrees issued by the theological college are not recognised in Kenya, said Standa.
There are seven public universities and 13 constituent colleges.