A student in the northern port city of Haiphong recently emailed me about Frederick Taylor University (FTU), which is on my list of 25 US-based or affiliated unaccredited schools operating in Vietnam, 13 of which are in the rogue provider haven (heaven?) of California, where they can easily obtain “state approval.” She wrote:
I am writing to ask for your help about Frederick Taylor University. This summer, I intend to take an America MBA course in Haiphong because I can not study in Hanoi. Some of my friends suggest Frederick Taylor University. However, there are some controversies about whether this university is worth studying or not. Could you please give me some advice and suggest some American universities in Haiphong?
The answer to her question was easy. Don’t waste your time or money. Like many other unaccredited schools, its “campus” is in an office building. Its website notes that “Since its founding in 1994 as a premier institution of higher learning, Frederick Taylor University has provided undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as advanced certificates courses in business administration and management.” Given the low overhead and high demand, the profit is substantial.
One of FTU’s local partners is SARA Group, which works with partners in cities like Haiphong.
FTU Q & A
Below are some of my questions and the answers:
Who is FTU working with in Haiphong? …a vocational centre of Haiphong Labor Union is working with SARA Group and this group offers FTU MBA course.
How are the courses taught and in which language? The courses are taught online and in English.
How long does it take to earn the degree? 14 – 16 months
What is the cost of the program? $4,400
How many people do you know who are studying with FTU? I am not sure; however, the number is not small.
FTU and the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MoET)
Is this arrangement legal? No, which means this operation will be closed down and six figures worth of revenue will simply vanish into thin air. A minor victory in this never-ending battle. Will FTU continue offering “degree programs” elsewhere in Vietnam? Probably. It’s like those magic birthday candles. You blow one out and it reignites. Most rogue providers have more lives than a cat.
What this illustrates is the need for high-quality and affordable degree programs offered by regionally accredited US colleges and universities in Vietnam. Vietnam is doing its part to pull the plug on these types of programs; the US should do the same – a two-pronged attack to the benefit of students and legitimate US higher education.