London: The 120-year-old University of Wales, which was recently in news for validating degrees at colleges
where controversial practices were revealed affecting many
students from India, among others, has been abolished.
An Indian-origin lecturer at the Rayat London college was
recently filmed in an undercover investigation advising
students on how to cheat Britain`s immigration officials while
securing a work visa.
Its degrees were validated by the University of Wales.
Many Indian students were stranded when the Tasmac London
School of Business, which also offered degrees validated by
the University of Wales, closed down.
Efforts were made to accommodate the stranded students in
The University also received criticism for the working of
two institutions in Malaysia and Thailand where its degrees
were offered without the necessary clearances or standards.
Now the scandal-hit university has been abolished after it
merged with two colleges to form the new University of Wales
Trinity St David university.
University of Wales council chairman Hugh Thomas resigned
after the merger decision.
Medwin Hughes, the vice-chancellor of the merged
university, said it was a `strong brand`.
Hughes said students in the UK and beyond would still be
able to finish a University of Wales degree.
Once the merger has taken place, new degrees would bear
the name of the new university, he said.