Vietnam city authorities tell defiant Singapore school to close down

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Ho Chi Minh City authorities Tuesday urged a Singapore educational institute which defiantly continues to offer courses even after its licenses have been canceled to close down.

The city's Department of Internal Affairs canceled the "residence" license of the Singapore Informatics & Business Management Education Ltd. (SIBME) on Cong Hoa Street, Tan Binh District.

Earlier, on November 16 and 23, the city education and labor authorities had respectively canceled the licenses they had issued for the foreign language and vocational training courses of SIBME after it was illegally found offering undergraduate and master's degrees.

But the school has remained open.

Inspectors from the Ministry of Education and Training said in fact that the school recently started to offer new courses, claiming to be an international training center under the Hanoi-based University of Technology and Management.

Nguyen Huy Bang, chief inspector, told Thanh Nien the university has not informed the ministry about any such center.

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People should not apply for any courses at the center since its operation is illegal, and they would only lose money, he warned.

The school is among three Singapore schools ordered to be shut recently for offering unauthorized degrees.

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