I earned my Doctorate – Dr. Gatsi on ‘fake’ degree claims

A Senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), and Economist, Dr. John Gatsi, has refuted assertions that his Doctorate Degree received from the Swiss based SMC University is fake.

According to Dr. Gatsi, he worked hard for a period of six years between 2008 to March 2014 for his doctorate in finance from the university, which he says is duly accredited by the universal Accreditation Body for Business Schools and Programs.

Dr. Gatsi’s reaction follows news reports that suggested that some prominent Ghanaians including him, may have paid to be conferred with honorary doctorates degrees in different disciplines.

“What has happened in the SMC is that they had multiple accreditation as at the time they came to Ghana and that was acceptable to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) as a foreign institution to offer their programs here and during that period that they were registered here, some Ghanaians including myself had faith in the NAB’s acceptance of that institution to operate in Ghana and for that matter we had our doctoral degree from there,’’ he said.

According to him, the compliance of the university’s compliance with their registration has nothing to do with him as the NAB has emphatically indicated that the doctoral degree he (Dr Gatsi ) and others obtained are genuine, valid and comparable and equivalent to any doctoral degree offered in Ghana’’

Speaking further, the Economist and Lecturer said his awarding university was duly recognized by the National Accreditation Board as at the time he completed his doctoral course in 2014.

Accreditation board withdraws SMC’s registration

Meanwhile, the National Accreditation Board (NAB) says The Swiss Management Centre (SMC), which runs courses in Ghana as a foreign university, can no longer enroll fresh students as the Accreditation Board has withdrawn its registration.

However, continuing students can still go ahead and complete their courses since the NAB has maintained the registration of the SMC for such students in the next three years.

This was disclosed by the Executive Director of the NAB, Mr. Kwame Dattey, who says the credentials of graduates from the SMC who obtained their degrees during the period the NAB registered it are still valid.

By: Lorrencia Nkrumah/citifmonline.com/Ghana