“Den of Thieves” Vatican Bank and money laundering: AUM “accreditation”

The “Den of Thieves” documentary mentions that the American University of Madaba (AUM) has questionable accreditation. So, I thought I would delve into that a bit. Here’s the reporting of accreditation of the American University of Madaba on their own website:

Let’s take a look at each of the elements therein:

[[My opinion: Recall that AUM is in Jordan but is incorporated in New Hampshire, USA. Going on ten years now, AUM brags still today that the Governor of NH at the time merely provided that AUM, in seeking accreditation, is subject to the statutes regulating the granting of accreditation. But that’s not accreditation. It’s like: “Go ahead! Try to get accreditation! Make my day!” As it is, a notation at the end of AUM’s web-page states that AUM is still seeking accreditation in the USA, you know, if you were wondering.]]


[[My opinion: There’s no date on that. So, it’s likely that those two years have passed. The date is of central importance. Moreover, to be “eligible to proceed with an application for candidacy” means exactly nothing. Specifically, it “is not candidacy.” Should one brag about this?]]


[[My opinion: This is from “American Medical Technologies”. It’s not a statement of accreditation. It’s merely acknowledging the fact that, in the opinion of American Medical Technologies, that there may be some who may be eligible to sit for certification exams which are given not by the American University in Madaba, but by a third party. So, is the University merely a coaching team for, like, sitting for ACTs or SATs, in this case, something for AMT? I mean, AUM seems to assist students with what seems to be analogous to the GED…]]


[[My opinion: Ooo! Arabic! It says that the Higher Education Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission certifies that the American University of Madaba is generally accredited and lists specific programs that are accredited. And although it speaks of the fact that this takes place in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, that doesn’t mean that it is the government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan which is granting any accreditation. A disclaimer was appended:

  • “Accreditation is not a legal permission but, rather, deals with the qualitative nature of the educational system. AUM is a private, not-for-profit University, and has been accredited in Jordan since 2011 by the Higher Education Accreditation Commission (HEAC), which operates independently of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, thus providing an independent evaluation of the university. AUM also intends to seek accreditation in the United States.”

“Independent.” I have not been a member of any teaching faculties of universities in Jordan, so I’ll just have to take their word for the acceptability of HEAC. The United States does run on a voluntary system of accreditation, and there is a statement from HEAC that submission was voluntary. The credibility of such accreditation is supplied much in the same way as it is for cryptocurrency. I’m of the opinion that this bit in Arabic carries as much weight as the previous entries in English. Just my opinion.]]

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One response to ““Den of Thieves” Vatican Bank and money laundering: AUM “accreditation”

  1. sanfelipe007

    Re: “…still seeking accreditation in the USA…”
    This reminds me of a well-known California cartoonist “Bill” somebody. that drew some of his best work in single panels – like Family Circus. In the panel I have in mind, he lists Resume’ tips for those who are seeking to be “former-surfers:”
    “Don’t hesitate to put down, under education, the name of a prestigious institution such as Harvard. If you are asked about it, simply reply ‘Oh, that should read – applied to.’”

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