Vietnam metro closes two more Singapore schools for offering illegal courses

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Ho Chi Minh City authorities have revoked the licenses of two Singapore schools for illegally offering undergraduate and graduate courses.

The Education and Research Center Institute Vietnam and the Singapore Informatics & Business Management Education Ltd. were licensed to provide vocational training, but they also opened classes that offered college, university and master diplomas in business administration, accounting, information technology, restaurant management and tourism.

Both schools, the first having 365 students and the latter 250, were among three Singapore schools found committing similar violations earlier this year.

The Ministry of Education and Training on October 11 had ordered the city authorities to revoke the licenses of all three schools, the other being Melior Business School.

But late response by the city allowed Melior to shut down and disappear on November 10, leaving many foreign teachers and around 150 students in shock. Many students had paid tuition fees of US$10,500 only hours before the school closed later that day.

The city Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs revoked the license of Melior three days after it shut down.

Melior general director in Vietnam, Cheng Sim Kok, later told Thanh Nien in an email that he is trying to help students continue their studies with its parent institution in Singapore as well as schools in Vietnam and the city-state.

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He denied allegations that he had swindled money from the firm and fled the country.

Patrick Loke, founder and general director of Melior International College in Singapore, has failed to respond despite several calls from Thanh Nien.

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