It seems the Ascension Islands .ac domain is not the only refuge of bogus universities. An old bogus site has taken up residence at www.bransfield.edu.bi
There doesn’t appear to be any restrictions on the .edu.bi domain – typically we’d expect only education providers based in Burundi to qualify to use it. Wikipedia suggests a ‘liberal policy about domain names’.
Spot the Difference
Copying information from a number of UK universities and a campus building picture from a French Business School (above), it offers an online verification service for its certificates. The entire site is a sham designed to support its ‘graduates’ and fool the employers they apply to.
It works too.
A quick look at LinkedIn Bransfield University alumni shows them working all over the globe with their Bachelors, MBAs and PhDs.
- English co-ordinator at a Global International School in Saudi Arabia
- Senior Analyst at Computacenter, Selangor, Malaysia
- Saw Singulation Operation Module Engineer at Intel Technology, Kulim
- IT Manager in rail and road transportation, Germany
- Current Bransfield student working in Import and Export, Turkmenistan.
- Marketing & Sales Manager at Design and Build Real Estate Co., Saudi Arabia