Shue Yan University (樹仁大學) admitted that 11 of its faculty members graduated from a Philippine university associated with a local college that is mired in a diploma mill controversy.
But the university insists the related qualifications are genuine.
University academic vice president Catherine Sun Tien-lun (學術副校長孫天倫) said the 11 had doctorates from Bulacan State University.
Bulacan’s partner in Hong Kong is Lifelong College (國力書院), which is embroiled in controversy.
Sun said the staff members enrolled at Bulacan via distance learning through the Hong Kong Management Association (香港管理專業協會) or other educational institutions including Lifelong.
The University’s investigations show that there was no plagiarism in their theses and they spent two to three years getting their doctorates through normal channels.
Sun said eight of the 11 are full-time and three are part-time.
They mainly teach in the departments of business administration and economics and finance.
They were enrolled at the Philippine university from 2003 to 2007.
One got the doctorate in two years and the others spent an average of three years or more.
Sun admitted that the staff members got their doctorates when Shue Yan sought university status, as a university has different academic requirements for its staff.
Asked why the Shue Yan staff chose to study at Bulacan, Sun said: “One of the considerations is that [the staff] can get the doctorate more easily.”
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 26 November 2015)