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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Bahrain's Private Varsities Flayed Over Rampant Corruption

Private universities have been savaged over their corrupt practices by two senior academics who called for the prompt activation of an administrative entity to oversee higher education in Bahrain.

"There is a crucial need to monitor the private universities and colleges operating in the country. Irregularities and professional misconduct are hurting the sector and contributing to unemployment with the graduation of under-qualified students," the president of the University College of Bahrain, Shaikh Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Khalifa, said last week in a statement to the press.

His remarks came on the heels of attacks by the president of Al Ahlia University, Dr Abdullah Al Hawaj, who on Thursday blasted some of the universities for their malpractices and misconduct.

Neither of the two presidents named the offending universities, but said that irregularities included accepting bribes from students, teaching 12 courses in one semester while the ceiling is seven, offering 24 BA courses without having the qualified teaching staff, claims of affiliations with foreign universities, teaching a light curriculum for less capable students and reducing the semester from 15 to nine. Read More ....

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