Monday, 21 February 2011

Atlantic International University

We received an email from a reader who said:
"I request your office to check and confirm the accreditation of the Atlantic International University. Furthermore, I request that you confirm whether the qualification (Doctoral in Economics) from AIU will be considered acceptable in Botswana."
It's actually quite simple. Atlantic International University (which is based in Hawaii) describes itself as "not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education". It later claims that it has:
"private accreditation through the Accrediting Commission International (ACI) which it obtained in 1999, the ACI is not regulated or approved by the US Department of Education. ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY IS NOT ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION"
However, the agency that they claim has accredited them is, in turn, not a real accreditation agency.

Roughly translated that means that AIU is a fake university accredited by a fake organisation. Simple as that.

Degrees from AIU are worthless and won't be recognised in Botswana, don't waste your money.

P.S. A final question. Why, if they are based in Hawaii do they call themselves "Atlantic International University"? Is it perhaps because the name "Pacific International University" has already been taken by another diploma mill?

3 comments:

NAAZIN said...

u have saved me

Anonymous said...

I was recently contacted for a Admissions Counselor for AIU. There were so many red flags that I chose not to pursue a position. Let me explain.
1. They asked me to fill out documents and paper work as if I was a student(several pages, time consuming! They even provided me a form that I owed them over $8,000 for a Master's program. Was this really training or another way of reeling in another student for MONEY?
2. Admissions officers do not work directly for the University. They are in for the MONEY. How can a university truly be committed for benefit of a students education? Is this really ethical?
3. They clearly state that they are not a accredited university. However, it is challenging to determine the accreditation of their instructors.
It sounds to me that they are preying over individuals from abroad who are already in a financial bind with hopes of improving themselves only to be taken advantage. My personal experience is that AIU as many other education institutions are using education as a "money maker machine".

Fred said...

Thank you watch dog, I was about to get registered with this so called AIU, a fake university but you rescued me.

Thank you.

Fred.