First-class dog-rees awarded at American University of London

Jocelyn Major 4 November 2013

A recent investigation conducted by
BBC’s Newsnight saw ‘Pete’ the dog
awarded an MBA by the American
University of London (AUOL).

Posing as a four year old Lurcher at
Battersea Dogs Home, the BBC team
received a degree in return for a fee of
£4,500. Despite the AUOL website’s
claim that ‘our students work very hard
in order to obtain their degrees’, Pete
was not required to submit any work
in order to obtain his MBA, which
was granted based on previous work
experience that had been fabricated by
the BBC programme Newsnight.

Although passport photos and
photocopied proof of qualifications
were stated as requirements for
admission, Pete was accepted onto the
course without providing these and was
registered as an MBA graduate within
only three weeks of applying.

First year English student Alice Duddy
expressed concern that “corruption like
that devalues our degrees because it
makes it look very easily achieved.”

However, a spokesperson from
Cambridge Judge Business School
has provided reassurance that the
application process for Cambridge
is significantly more rigorous: “All
shortlisted applicants to the MBA
have to be interviewed by a member
of the faculty. Academic transcripts are
checked before an offer is made and
we ask for two work references from
every applicant. Background checks
are conducted on a random sample
of candidates who have received
conditional offers.’