A COLLEGE run by foreign businessmen has been accused of offering effectively "worthless" degrees and doctorates from the grounds of a prestigious third-level institution.The self-styled Warnborough College is charging up to €18,000 in fees for unrecognised qualifications after renting offices at All Hallows College in Drumcondra, Dublin.
Following inquiries from the Irish Independent, All Hallows confirmed it will not be renewing its rental arrangement with Warnborough.
Using a slick website, Warnborough runs a so-called "distance learning" college where students from all over the world are offered course work over the internet.
Until recently the website included a photograph of All Hallows and made references to graduation ceremonies and seminars that were due to take place there.
However, the Irish Independent has established that the courses offered by Warnborough College are not recognised by the Department of Education.
The courses are also not recognised by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI), which described the qualifications on offer as effectively "worthless".
Neither is Warnborough College, which also has offices in Canterbury in Kent, recognised by the UK Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills as an institution with the power to award its own degrees.
Education chiefs are furious Warnborough College has linked itself to All Hallows, whose degrees are validated by Dublin City University.
All Hallows last night said it was concerned about the presence of Warnborough College on its grounds.
It confirmed it would not be renewing its rental agreement with the college.
Since last July, Warnborough College has rented offices at All Hallows. Prior to that, it had offices above a pub in Bray.
But despite this, the head of Warnborough last night said claims it had tried to link itself to All Hallows were "ludicrous".
Warnborough's website lists fees of €18,000 for a bachelor's degree, while fees for an MA course cost €9,000, an MBA €10,500 and a doctorate €16,00