Illegal or Bogus College

The Department is aware of several colleges and institutions purporting to offer higher education programmes without registration with the Department. The unregistered colleges are referred to as “bogus” colleges. They use a range of methods to mislead the public. The recent trends identified by the Department are the number of on-line operators committing internet fraud by purporting to offer degrees in 15 days using the name and logo of the DHET. Most of the websites appear to be based in the United States of America (USA) and in the United Kingdom (UK). In an attempt to warn the public, the Department has published the following list of “bogus” colleges as a means to raise awareness and warn the public about unscrupulous providersand their modus operandi. The Department has also filed cases against these “bogus” colleges with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the USA. In this regard, Fargo University in the USA now informs students on its website that it is not accepting admissions anymore. The website of both Barkley University and Study for Career Success has been removed. The Department is monitoring these developments closely. The Department will provide case numbers on request. The Department also encourages the public to notify it of “bogus” colleges and/or any form of irregular practices.

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