8 September 2017
DHET CAUTIONS PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS TO BE ON THE ALERT FOR BOGUS INSTITUTIONS
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) posts an urgent warning to prospective students and parents regarding a fake online purportedly, American university, marketed as The University of the People (UoPeople).
The Department wishes to place on record that the fraudulent university is not registered with the DHET as required by law, and as such does not have the authority to enroll students nor grant degrees. Furthermore, there is no evidence of the illegal university’s accreditation with the United States Department of Education.
According to marketing material intercepted by the DHET, the University of the People was launched in Johannesburg on Saturday 10 September 2017. On its website email@example.com the bogus institution describes itself as "completely tuition-free”. However, they do require a non-refundable application and examination assessment fee. It also claims to offer an Associate’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree in various fields and degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science and Health Science. The target audience are students who are looking for a higher education to improve their job prospects. The DHET has made several attempts to make contact with the management of the university without success.
In a recent investigations, the DHET has further identified 11 more private colleges as institutions that are operating fraudulently. The following colleges and their programmes have not been accredited by the DHET:
1. Draughting Academy (Cape Town and Johannesburg)
2. Milites Dei Academy (Nelspruit)
3. Vaal Landbou Kollege (Vereeniging)
4. Shepherd Bushiri International University (Pretoria)
5. Professional Technical College (Thohoyandou)
6. Institute of Business Management and Information Technology (East London)
7. BTP (East London)
8. Oxbridge Academy (Stellenbosch)
9. Oval International Computer Education (Durban)
10. Centre for Fine Art and Animation (Cape Town)
11. Digolo University
The Department wishes to reiterate that students should first verify information with the DHET website to ascertain the legitimacy of any institution before enrolling. In doing so, they may avoid falling prey to bogus colleges and universities.
For verification, use the link: www.dhet.gov.za/Resources/Registers
Alternatively, forward queries to: