Raffles Hanoi ordered to suspend several courses

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The Raffles International Training Center Hanoi has been fined and ordered to suspend its illegal diploma and bachelor courses, more than two weeks after similar action was taken against its sister organization in for the same violations.

According to its registration license, the center can open short vocational courses in English, Marketing, Business Administration, Financial Accountance, Tourism and Electronic Trade with a maximum capacity of 150 students at a time.

However, the center has enrolled more than 600 students over the past years for diploma and bachelor degrees, including 238 graduates.

The Ministry of Education and Training inspectors fined Raffles Hanoi VND75 million (US$3,566), Tuoi Tre Newspaper reported.

The center was ordered to stop advertisement and enrollment for these courses, return students' fees and address other consequences.

Inspectors have also requested the ministry's Examination and Quality Assessment to consider rejecting the recognition of degrees issued through the illegal courses.

In December 2011, the education ministry fined and suspended illegal courses held by Raffles Ho Chi Minh City.

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The center, a member of the Singaporean-owned Education Corporation, is permitted by the Ho Chi Minh City Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Department to offer short-term vocational diplomas in fashion design, interior design, graphic design, and multimedia design.

However, it was found to have enrolled 396 students for advanced diplomas and bachelor's degrees from Raffles College of Higher Education Singapore and bachelor's degrees from Raffles College of Design and Commerce Australia, Nguyen Huy Bang, the ministry's general inspector, said.

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