CRETE, Greece, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "EDU," the Intergovernmental Organization for Accreditation of Higher Learning Institutions, has announced official accreditation for MBS College, located in Crete, Greece.
MBS College was founded in 1979 and is fully licensed by the Greek Ministry of Education and the only state-accredited Private Higher Education Provider in Southern Greece.
In 1991, the school established official links to the Nottingham Trent University (NTU), an accredited institution in the United Kingdom.
Following the June 2011 Treaty creating the Intergovernmental Organization (http://www.edu.int), an internationally recognized accreditation agency for higher learning, MBS College became one of the first colleges to apply for accreditation.
EDU officially announced full accreditation of MBS College this month. The certification can be seen at http://www.edu.int/MBS.
Over the next 5 years, EDU is planning to create a database of legally formed institutions in tertiary education operating at an international level. Schools applying for accreditation are required to provide proof of their legal authority to do business and must operate ethically.
"The ultimate goal is to curb the questionable activities of fake schools and bogus accreditation agencies currently plaguing the global educational market, particularly online," said EDU Secretary-General G. Irving Levance.
"We are honored by the accreditation from EDU. We strongly believe that this initiative will be a great success and it's going to be embraced by Higher Education Institutions worldwide," MBS College's Principal, Mr. Vangelis Tsiligiris, stated on the school's website.
EDU is one of only a handful of Education-based Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and the only one to specifically concentrate on stopping the activities of illegal schools.
IGOs can only be created by bilateral or multilateral treaties between governments. The treaty grants an independent legal existence to the organization, making the IGO non-dependent on national authority to exist under public international law, making them eligible for a special restricted .INT domain name.
EDU Accreditation for each school is conducted by a panel of 4 Academics and one Observer, each selected from an Assessment Committee of over 25 notable figures.
The Committee includes international experts ranging from School Principals, Ambassadors, Politicians and even a Police Commissioner.
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G. Irving Levance
SOURCE EDU - Intergovernmental Organization for Accreditation