British School of Project Management

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Nigerians lose millions in search of diplomas Submit Comment | Print | Email Sun, 23 May 2010 06:26:00 -0600 - 234NextViewed 138 Times Rating: by 0 users The desperation of many Nigerians to obtain foreign degrees following the derelict state of tertiary institutions in our country, has rendered them susceptible to fraudsters operating under the guise of running foreign registered and accredited institutions in the country, a Next investigation has revealed. One of such spurious institutions which have defrauded unsuspecting Nigerians of money running into millions of dollars, is known by the names, British School of Project Management or Project Management College, UK. The institution(s) runs programmes leading to the award of Executive Masters Certificates and Advance Diploma degree in Project Accounting and Project Management. Project Management College UK prides itself as the “Nigeria’s first project management training institute”. Established in 2003, it has centres in Abuja, Abeokuta, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Lagos, and also has opened shop in two West African countries - Ghana and Sierra Leone. The institution charges fees that range from N150, 000 to about half a million naira, for a two-weekend to six months course. It claims to have trained over 8,000 students with 80 per cent of this number trained in the United Kingdom. Oddly, though, the institution does not have a traceable address in the UK. “The whole thing is so organised that you will never suspect that you are being defrauded,” said a former student of the institution, who asked to remain anonymous. “What beats me is their courageous manner (with which) they are conducting business, as if what they are doing is legal.” Scamming the first ladies In November 2008, the Project Management College, UK, organised a two-day project management training for the former first lady of the country, Turai Yar’Adua, and first ladies of the 36 states of the federation in Abuja, bankrolled by Unity Bank. Present at the event with the first ladies were wives of top government dignitaries and senior government officials, including the Minister for Information, Dora Akunyili. “It is appalling how Nigerians don’t do background checks before they swallow any tale, hook, line and sinker,” said a former employee of PMC-UK who said a simple Google search would have uncovered this sham. Lamis Dikko, Group Executive Directive of Unity Bank, who had also paid the PMC-UK for a project management course for Katsina State-based non-governmental organisations, admitted that his bank “had no reasons to doubt them because they were running programmes all over the country”. He also says that he was not aware that the institution is fake and unaccredited. However, a source told NEXT that this might not be exactly so. According to our source, who was a former employee of PMC-UK, after the first ladies programme, Unity was about signing a multi-million contract with the Management of PMC-UK to train its staff when they got wind of the fraud and subsequently cancelled the deal. Fraudulent institutions Most of the claims by the management of the institution about its being registered and accredited in the UK, are bogus. While referring to itself as Project Management College UK, the institution still maintains its other name, British School of Project Management, and has banners in its Lagos centres at Eleganza Plaza in Lekki and Western House on Broad Street, displaying both names. Curiously, though, both institutions have similar but different logos and the institution management operates different websites for the same institution. The institution’s UK addresses as shown on its websites are Electric Avenue, Enfield, EN3 7XU and PO Box 51259 Crampton Street London, SE11 6WS. However, according to an official address search conducted by the Royal Mail and an unofficial search done on Google Earth, neither address exists. On the institution’s websites, hand bills and newspaper adverts, the management of the school flaunts its accreditation by two of Britain’s project management institutes-the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and the Association of Project Management (APM). However, our investigation revealed that this claim is also a hoax. “Project Management College is a corporate education network member of APM, but does not have a course or module accredited by APM, as could be implied by their website”, said Nick Hayes, the Membership Development Manager of APM, in a correspondence with NEXT. According to Mr Hayes, “It is important to clarify that corporate education network membership of APM is a “fill in the form and pay” exercise, giving staff and students of the education network member institutions access to the resources of the association, whereas APM academic accreditation is a formal process of assessment of courses or modules which include a significant element of project management. The assessment is of the content and delivery in relation to the APM advocacy of project management professionalism. “Having done a limited amount of research as a result of your message, the websites of the two organisations certainly do appear very similar and in fact they do publish a common telephone number (0800 027 0873). I would further comment that limited initial investigation of their respective addresses indicate them to be spurious. We are obviously concerned that both organisations are representing themselves as “APM Accredited” by implication on their respective websites, which neither are!” The ILM, while promising to look into the details regarding the accreditation of Project Management College, UK, declined to comment on our enquiries, stating that it does not reveal details of centres and candidates to third parties. However, in response to the enquiries of a former student of the institution, the Customer Services Co-ordinator of the ILM, Kristy Burbage, on May 17, tacitly renounced its link with Project Management College, UK. “I can confirm at this time that Project Management College are listed on our systems, but at this time are not delivering ILM qualifications.” She further provided an attachment of a list of ILM accredited international centres. The only international ILM accredited centres are Loughborough College, Loughborough, Leicestershire; and International Correspondence School, Glasgow, Scotland. NEXT also contacted the Universities Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), a UK organisation responsible for managing admission into universities and colleges, and their response corroborated that of the ILM and the APM. According to Lisa Davies, Corporate Communications Officer of the UCAS, “British School of Project Management does not appear to be on the UK Border Agency (UKBA)’s Register of Sponsors under either of the names you gave us.” Ms Davies also expressed shock at the claim on the institution’s websites that it is registered by the defunct Department for Education and Skills (DfES), a UK government department that was responsible for the educational system and children services in England between 2001 and 2007. “What is strange is that they say they are registered with the DfES. The DfES has not existed for some time,” she said. In addition, neither the British School of Project Management nor Project Management College is on the British Council list of accredited institutions in the UK. A former student of this institution who had her application for a student visa to the UK turned down at the British High Commission, recounts the embarrassment she suffered. “I couldn’t believe it when I was told at the High Commission that my application for a visa is being rejected because no such institution exists in the UK,” she said. Charleston University? Apart from Project Management College, UK, and British School of Project Management, the management also runs a fake university named Charleston University and runs a Bachelors degree as well as an MSc and MBA programme in Project Management. The fake university charges N675,000 for an MBA programme. The university’s address is given as 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 700, Bethesda Maryland 20814 United States, on its website. But a NEXT investigation revealed the above address to be fake and nonexistent. There is no university in Maryland that goes by that name. The genuine University of Charleston is situated in Charleston, West Virginia. According to Alan Liebrecht, the Vice President for Enrollment, University of Charleston, “We do not have any connections with the British School of Project Management.” A phantom owner On the publicity materials for the First Lady and Governors’ Wives training, the advertised instructor of the event is the woman at the heart of this scam: Sarah-Elizabeth Goldsmith, also known as Adekemi Ojuolape Ogunnusi nee Abiola. The hand bills and posters identified her as the Africa Project Director of PMC-UK. She is actually the grand mastermind behind this scam. According to another student who asked not to be named, “Elizabeth Sarah is all-and-all of the institution. Everything passes through her.” Described as amiable, Ms Goldsmith is said to be a classy woman who lived at Victoria Garden City but who had to relocate to a remote village on the outskirts of Lekki, to avoid the constant embarrassment she gets from aggrieved students asking for a refund of their fees. “If you see her, you will never ascribe such fraud to her. She is a very likeable person,” said a former employee. A Google search of her name will yield nothing. “How can the owner of such a school have nothing on her on the Internet?” ponders another former student. “There is virtually nothing on her. She is just a phantom,” concludes the student. Faith Mbengo, the Abuja Co-Ordinator of PMC-UK, a Zimbabwean national, has been identified as Ms Goldsmith’s collaborator. A source said that when accosted by a former employee on why she continues to work for Ms Goldsmith despite knowing that the PMC-UK is a fraud, Ms Mbengo had replied that the economy of her native Zimbabwe has collapsed and, as long as PMC-UK pays her bills, she will continue to work for the institution. When NEXT contacted her, an obviously panicky Ms Mbengo refused to answer the questions put across to her. She abruptly terminated the call and refused to receive subsequent calls to her number. Paul Kupoluyi, who described himself as the Africa Continent Controller of the PMC-UK, declined to give direct answers to our questions about the authenticity of the institution. He, however, described the PMC-UK as “a specialist educational institute offering various courses in project management”. According to him, “All certificates are awarded by the college which are then administered to the candidates at the learning centres in Nigeria.” He, however, questioned NEXT’s professionalism on wanting to do this story, and put forward a subtle threat of taking legal action against us. Fake Certificates BlogNews and views on fake certificates, degrees and diploma millsHomeFeatured Crime Diploma Mills Fake Documents Dilpoma Mill SUBSCRIBE TO RSS FEED Posts Tagged ‘British School of Project Management’ Nigeria: Diploma mill disguises foreign institution Posted by munibalam on 24 May, 2010No comments yetThis item was filled under [ Diploma Mills, Featured ] Next investigation team revealed on 23 May 2010 that there are many spurious institutions operating under the guise of running foreign registered and accredited institutions in Nigeria. 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Apart from Project Management College, UK and British School of ... PMFORUM Breaking News Breaking News in the Project Management World Tuesday, June 01, 2010 Scammers Give Project Management Bad Name in Nigeria According to an article on 234next.com and on onlinenigeria.com on 23 May 2010, Nigerians have been scammed for the last few years by an organization calling itself British School of Project Management, or sometimes Project Management College, UK. According to the article, Nigerians have been scammed by this organization for millions of dollars since 2008. Here are some excerpts from the article. •The institution(s) runs programmes leading to the award of Executive Masters Certificates and Advance Diploma degree in Project Accounting and Project Management. Project Management College UK prides itself as the "Nigeria's first project management training institute". •Established in 2003, it has centres in Abuja, Abeokuta, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Lagos, and has also opened shop in Ghana and Sierra Leone. •The institution charges fees that range from N150,000 to about half a million naira, for a two-weekend to six months course. •It claims to have trained over 8,000 students with 80 per cent of this number trained in the United Kingdom. The institution however does not have a traceable address in the UK. •In November 2008, the Project Management College, UK, organised a two-day project management training for the former first lady of the country, Turai Yar'Adua, and first ladies of the 36 states of the federation in Abuja, bankrolled by Unity Bank. Present at the event were wives of top government dignitaries and senior government officials. •Lamis Dikko, Group Executive Directive of Unity Bank, who had also paid the PMC-UK for a project management course for Katsina State-based non-governmental organisations, admitted that his bank "had no reasons to doubt them because they were running programmes all over the country". He also says that he was not aware that the institution is fake and unaccredited. Apparently, most of the claims about registration and accreditation in the UK are bogus. While referring to itself as Project Management College UK, the institution still maintains its other name, British School of Project Management, and has banners in its Lagos centres at Eleganza Plaza in Lekki and Western House on Broad Street, displaying both names. The management of the school promotes accreditation by two British institutes - the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and the Association of Project Management (APM). These claims are also apparently a hoax. "Project Management College" is a corporate education network member of APM, but does not have a course or module accredited by APM, as could be implied by their website. According to an ILM representative, "Project Management College are listed on our systems, but at this time are not delivering ILM qualifications." British School of Project Management does not appear to be on the UK Border Agency (UKBA)'s Register of Sponsors under either of the names either. Apart from Project Management College, UK and British School of Project Management, the management also runs a fake university named Charleston University, offering a Bachelors degree, an MSc and MBA programme in Project Management. The fake university charges N675,000 for their MBA programme. The university's address is given as 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 700, Bethesda Maryland 20814 United States, but the address is nonexistent. There is no university in Maryland by that name. 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