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Wednesday, 27 May 1987
Page: 3460

(Question No. 5180)

Dr Klugman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 18 March 1987:

(1) Has the Minister's attention been drawn to an advertisement in the issues of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age of 14 March 1987 by the Somerset University Independent, Ilminster, Somerset, England, offering accelerated programs.

(2) What is the status of the first and higher degrees offered by this independent university.

Mr Dawkins —The Minister for Education has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) and (2) The Council on Overseas Professional Qualifications (COPQ) has advised that the degrees offered by the Somerset University Independent are not recognised by the British Government. I am therefore unable to advise the honourable member of the status of these degrees.