"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."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?