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On this blog, I received many requests on different issues relating to postgraduate study. It became apparent, based on questions in the comment box that many Nigerians (maybe foreigners) seeking overseas education have been patronising unlicensed foreign universities. A well-researched but limited post was made based on questions about postgraduate and undergraduate degree programs run by some West African universities.
Amidst the recurring questions, a name pops up significantly. It is Global Wealth University. This is supposed to be an institution of higher learning. Many readers have asked about its accreditation status as a university.
Background on Global Wealth University
Global Wealth University located in Togo is owned by a Nigerian professor, Prof. Christopher Imumolen. According to its website, it is a university that offers both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Likely, the request about the status of the university by Nigerians on this blog is based on the influence of the Nigerian proprietor. I hardly noticed any questions from other nationalities.
GWU for short, claims that it is licensed and accredited by the MINISTERE DE L’ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR ET DE LA RECHERCHE ( Ministry of Higher Education and Research Republic of Togo). This is the official government institution that accredits universities in Togo. In addition, Global Wealth University, Togo boast of some obscure affiliation with some overseas university. Whether these claims are true or not, it was for this report to find out.
Is Global Wealth University Togo Accredited?
Surprisingly, there is no list or link on the Togo Ministry of Higher Education website with names of accredited universities. After a repeated search, it is either hidden or not available.
A previous blog post shared about fake postgraduate universities while highlighting a few of them. Incidentally, I got a comment from a Nigerian professor who seemed to know more about the issue of unscrupulous university rings or has a working knowledge of Togo’s university system. Prof. OBAKPOLO reaffirmed that truly, there are only four government-approved universities in Togo. He directed me to get the UNESCO IAU numbers for the institutions.
Since there was no list of approved universities on the Ministry of Higher Education, Togo website, therefore, Postgraduate Nigeria search went deeper.
Search for GWU Accreditation Status
Further search, through the UNESCO IAU Number gives a better idea of nationally recognised universities and institutions worldwide. A database base called the World Higher Education Database is a website to find the officially recognised universities with an IAU number. It has 21,000 higher education institutions from UN member states across the world.
In Togo, a search on the database showed that there are 20 institutes and universities recognised by WHED with IAU. All the notable names like the University of Lome, and the University of Kara are on the list.
Conspicuously, Global Wealth University despite its claim as a Government licensed university is missing. This raises more questions but a conclusion cannot be authoritatively made.
Further Search ….
Another source of information is from the International Handbook of Universities. The UNESCO Centre in collaboration with the International Alliance of Universities published a dossier called, International Handbook of Universities. This document, published in 2021 contains the names of globally recognised universities around the world.
According to its preface, the handbook “contains the names of all Universities and University level institutions, as provided to IAU(International Alliance of Universities Division by National authorities and competent bodies from 196 countries around the world.
In addition, this compilation is gotten from nationally recognised government authorities. For a UNESCO document, this must be a carefully done work. Going through the handbook, the names of virtually all countries in the world are present with the list of accredited universities in each of the countries. A large document of about 415 pages for reference.
Specifically, on page 325 of the International Handbook of Universities, Togo is mentioned. A list of ten universities and higher education institutions accredited and approved. Institutions like the Catholic University of Western Africa/ Academic Unit of Togo Université catholique de l’Afrique del’Ouest/ Unité Universitaire du Togo (UCAO-UT) among other were mentioned.
Nowhere on this list is Global Wealth University Togo. That indicates its status.
Verdict on Global Wealth University, Togo
In all fairness, the blog did reach out to Global Wealth University. I wanted to hear from the university about its accreditation status. An email enquiry sent was not replied to. With the email delivered, either the receiver didn’t read or our enquiry was discarded.
In conclusion, from the Postgraduate Nigeria search and findings, Global Wealth University.
Update from Global Wealth University
Since the publishing of this blog post, there have been a lot of reactions from readers and concerned people. There have also been some threats by very few readers for whatever interest group.
I hereby publicly proof that this article was a product of well researched work on the subject matter. It is not in any way meant to tarnish or malign the reputation of Global Wealth University or the promoters.
Response from Global Wealth University
On the 2nd October, Postgraduate Nigeria received an official email response from Global Wealth University. A staff Dr Nathaniel Akhire, gave clarity to the issue of the accreditation of GWU by the Federal institution in Togo. We believe in the well written response and welcome this feedback. The official response from GWU will be shared below.
Unedited Email Response from Global Wealth University Togo
Oct 2 at 4:09 PM
Thanks for reaching GWU
Global Wealth University is fully Accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education Togo.
The Ministry of Higher Education website does not provide a comprehensive list of all Universities Accredited in Togo, we believe in the nearest future they will update their website to include list of universities accredited in togo
To Answer your second question, you can check the link for the Letter of
Evaluation from Federal Ministry of Education Nigeria Authenticating GWU
Graduands for NYSC Mobilization and other relevant documents to guide
Dr Nathaniel Akhire
For: Global Wealth University