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Mzumbe dons in PhD scam

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    Mzumbe dons in PhD scam

    PIUS RUGONZIBWA, 11th February 2009 @ 11:16​

    Eight senior lecturers with the Mzumbe University have doctorate degrees that are either fake or acquired from institutions that lack internationally accepted accreditation, the Tanzania Commission of Universities (TCU) said today.

    TCU Executive Secretary, Prof Mayunga Nkunya, said in an interview that it was recently established that some dons at the Morogoro-based varsity held questionable degrees. He said verification of the degrees was carried out after widespread public complaints on the authenticity of the degrees.

    The matter was also repeatedly raised in the National Assembly. Prof Nkunya said TCU has already communicated its findings to the government for further action. He cautioned the public to be careful with some foreign institutions and individuals who were of late increasingly peddling undergraduate and graduate around the world.

    The TCU chief said he was aware that some degrees were selling at around 2,000 US dollars (about 2.7m/-) and above. He said such offers were often being made online. "It is ridiculous that these people are even sending a lot of e-mails to me, asking me to take part in the deals.

    I have received many such offers," he said. He, however, declined to name the universities, local agents and individuals involved in the academic scam. "We need to gather all the facts on the transactions, otherwise they may sue us," he cautioned further. Prof Nkunya warned members of the academic staff in institutions of higher learning against pursuing online courses, including degrees from unknown universities.

    He also doubted the competency of online graduates in the world of research and academia, where they would need skills of impacting knowledge to their students. "Such lecturers cannot do research professionally. They cannot teach well their students and help them become good researchers," he pointed out. Prof Nkunya said further that apart from the higher learning institutions, the problem of fake degrees was rampant in other organisations, saying TCU recently discovered five other fake doctorate degrees. He said there were proposals to amend the Universities Act, to give more teeth to TCU deal with proven culprits including prosecution.
     
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    Am missing "nungwi"
     
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    This has gone just too far! Tumekuwa tukisikia wanagawa Masters and PhD kwa wanasiasa vihiyo, kumbe hata wahadhiri wenyewe wamenunua? Hii inatisha, nadhani kuna umuhimu wa chuo kizima kuchunguzwa.
     
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    ==========================================
    The list goes on and on:

    Controversy
    As Pacific Western University, i.e., prior to changing its name to California Miramar University, the institution was criticized on multiple occasions as a substandard educational institution or diploma mill. [19]
    In May 2004 the US General Accounting Office presented the results of an eight-month examination of diploma mills and other unaccredited schools and federal employees holding their degrees to the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.[20] Pacific Western University in Los Angeles was one of the six schools on which the investigation focused.
    Later that year, investigative reporters from television station KVOA of Tucson, Arizona described the Los Angeles campus of Pacific Western University: "We don't find students, classrooms or professors. Only a small office with two receptionists and a man who introduces himself as the dean."[21] KVOA noted that federal investigators had identified PWU as a diploma mill.[21][22] The station reported that Pima Community College in Tucson had reduced the salaries of two faculty members who previously had been paid at the Ph.D level based on their degrees from PWU.[21]
    Internationally, Pacific Western University has a similar reputation. It was reported in the Irish Independent on 9 October 2005 that the Chief Science Advisor to the government of Ireland, Barry McSweeney, had been found to have advanced his career using a suspect degree obtained from Pacific Western University.[23][24] The newspaper report stated that McSweeney had obtained his Ph.D. in biotechnology and biochemistry from PWU in 1994 after just 12 months of study. It described PWU as having "no merit or standing in the academic world" and having been "the subject of numerous official investigations, state bans and media exposés" during its 28 years of operation.[23] McSweeney was forced to resign his position as a result.[25] In Australia, the Brisbane Courier Mail reported on 6 January 2004 that a lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland was banned from using the title of "Doctor" after it was discovered that his Ph.D. had been obtained from Pacific Western University.[citation needed]
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    Associate Professors
    1. Moses M.D. Warioba DPA (IDM), Dip. Publ. Sect. Mgt (Aston), MBIM- (London), M.Sc. Publ. Sec. Mgt (Birmingham), Ph.D. (Public Admin.) PWU, (USA)
    2. Leonard .J. Shio B.A (Ed) Hons. (UDSM.), M.A. (Econ. Dev.) (UDSM), Ph.D(Management) PWU, (USA)
    3. M.N. Chao B.A (Ed.) Hons. (UDSM), M.A. (Dev. Studies) (UDSM), Ph. D. (PWU), USA Senior Lecturers
    4. Raphael J.M. Habi ADPA (IDM), M.Sc.(Pers. Mgt) (Aston) (UK), MIPM (U.K.), Dip. T. & D. (Manchester) (UK), Ph.D(Management) PWU, (USA)
    5. Christopher M. Sotta DPA (IDM), PG.D.(Gen.Mgt.)(IDM), MPA (IDM), Ph.D (Public Admin) PWU, U.S.A.
    6. Aristarch K. Kiwango B.A. (Soc. Econ Admin) Makerere, M.Sc. (Econ.) Wales, Ph.D. (Econ.) PWU, (USA) PGD. (Project Planning)ISS,The Hague, PGD. (Pop & Dev Plan) ISS, The Hague
    7. Colman Riwa B.A. (Education) (UDSM), PGD (Tesol) London, M.A. (Public Policy and Admin.) ISS, The Hague, Ph.D. (Public Administration) PWU, USA. (On leave of absence)
     
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    Nakubaliana na wewe mpiga filimbi,inabidi chuo kizima kichunguzwe kwa sababu hizo degree feki zimejaa mzumbe, hata quality ya elimu yao ni uongo mtupu!! wanakopi kazi za watu (esp Master degree)! kwanza chuo chenyewe kilianzishwa kwa zengwe!!!!
     
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    what is a PhD in Public Administration anyway? Kwanini kila faculty asiweke full CV kwenye website za vyuo? Ili tuone hizo publication pulled during PhD studies....
     
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    I stand to be corrected. Taasisi tangulizi ya TCU, yaani HEAC -High Education Accredation Council, ilikwishapiga chini chuo hiki kisiwe chuo kikuu kutokana na mapungufu mengi ikiwemo academic staff chovu isiyokidhi mahitaji ya kitaaluma na mitaala isiyokubalika kitaaluma katika hadhi ya chuo kikuu. Zengwe likapikwa na chuo kikaanzishwa kupitia Act of the Parliament (siasa) badala ya mchakato wa kawaida wa tathmini (taaluma). Matokeo yake ndiyo hayo kuwa copying and pasting ya thesis zimekithiri chuoni hapo. Wanafunzi wake wamekuwa less challenging academically na hata socially. Hata masuala yanayohusu maslahi yao wenyewe wanafunzi wanashindwa kuhoji. Chuo kipo kama kimemwagiwa maji. Kimelowa. Chukulia sakata la vyuo vikuu hivi majuzi vilivyoelekea vyuo karibu vyote vya serikali kufungwa, umesikia nini kutoka MU? Kimyaaaaaa. kisingizio eti wanafunzi wana tabia nzuri!!!!. But it could be they are incapacitated to analyze and raise their demands at the right time of need. Unapokuwa na academic staff ya online PhDs (or masters acquired based on advanced diplomas!!!) unategemea output ya aina gani kwa wanafunzi!
     
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    You'll recall the first appointment of Prof. Peter Msola as Minister for Science and Higher Learning Education, it was wrongly quoted but basically meant so that the among other things the Minister will address is professional audit to identify fake degrees. Mzumbe is not the first time as reported receiving complaints of this form. Nevertheless, despite that is too late is worth setting a deliberate effort to address the matter and setting some stringent regulatory means to control academic quality in Tanzania. The government should also be firm to student strikes especially those emanating from forcing special supplementary exams after being declared discontinued. It is a tendency that student tend to strike on the grounds of being discontinued and often on political ground a special supplementary paper given. These acts shows that the current university rules and examination rules are not enforceable.
     
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    Mkuu Invisible, haya wakongwe tuliyaona toka mwaka gani vile?

    Na tukasema, MU ni FEKI kikweli na VC wao alikuwa FEKI wakati huo..

    Akaja NUNGWI ....

    Nungwi upo wapi?
     
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    Shabash! But this list I remember appearing in another defunct forum 3 years or so ago....and nothing much has been done. The government knows about this, there was a motion in parliament to go through the degrees of the waheshimiwa in 2006 but I think the speaker abandoned it as wengi wangeunguzwa.

    Agustino Lyatonga Mrema is among one of them with a masters from these guys - wapo wengi tu hapa TZ!
     
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    Thanks mkuu Kakolo for posting these VIHIYO!!
     
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    Mimi nasubiri kumsikia Mkandara!!!!!!!
     
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    Pacific Western University (PWU), USA. Kunani wote 7 waliotajwa na Kokolo PhD zao wakasomee hii University?. Hawa ni wachache, ngoja sasa tuje kwa wanasiasa, yetu macho.
     
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    Swahiba wangu sometime namkubali akiwa sober......
     
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    alafu hivi vi lecturer uchwara ukikutana navyo bar vinatamba sana ati wanaiita madokta...
     
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    ....huna idea unaongea nini,sijui hata kama umesoma wewe maana mtu aliyesoma hawezi kuandika upuuzi ulioandika hapo juu,huna fact yeyote zaidi ya majungu na story za mtaani tuu,hizo Phd nane za western Pacific sio mali ya mzumbe na hazitolewi na Mzumbe na hata ukiangalia waliokuwa nazo sio vilaza ni graduate wa UD or respected western graduate schools kwa hiyo inawezekana nao waliingizwa kenge tuu kwenye Phds maana hata US wengi wameingizwa kenge vile vile na wengine sio walimu tena hapo,mzumbe ina zaidi ya lecturer/senior/Drs/profs zaidi ya 200 na wengi wamesoma katika vyuo ambavyo kwa wengi ni ndoto na kukusaidia angalia prospectus upate facts maana hakuna cha kuficha,na nani alikuambia Masters after advanced diploma ni inferior? na ulivyo kilaza unaleta connection ya migomo na ubora wa chuo...hilo la thesis nakuachia wewe maana ni aibu kwa wengi waliosoma vyuo vya nyumbani na mmojawapo inawezekana ni wewe kwa maelezo yako ya hapo juu
     
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    Mmojawapo wa "alumni" wa PWU ni pamoja na aliyekuwa raisi wa Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika (PhD Economic Development)...yaani mpaka rais wa nchi "kihiyo"...
     
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    Twafa... wahadhiri wenye vyeti feki, na wao ni feki... lazima watatoa graduates fake... wataajiriwa watu feki....feki, feki, feki... ndio maisha tuliyonayo leo hii Tanzania
     
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    Mkuu mbona unawaka? mwenzio kakwambia ''I stand to be corrected'' si umsahihishe kwa facts ndugu yangu, au mwiba umekuchoma na wewe pabaya....ni among the PWUs?
     
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