FREQUENLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Executive Board of Governors/Trustees have decided to pen down some important questions that may come up from prospective candidates before committing themselves in gaining a Professional Knowledge Entrepreneurial Degree Qualifications from ECU. The ECU concept is something different, exceptional and distinctive from the Traditional Red Brick Degree Awarding Institutions. In order to clarify any doubts, the following questions and answers might be of some assistance in relation to any queries that may arise. This FAQ may be of some help to give a satisfactory level contentment to make up their mind to understand the vision and mission of ECU. The Founder of ECU along with co- academics wishes to make clear to everyone concerned that ECU is not a degree mill but in order to obtain the award, every person must have the necessary Work Experiences to support and confirm their eligibility to earn ECU’s Professional Knowledge Qualification Awards. ECU being officially incorporated with the concept as a private and Non-Academic Work Orientated Knowledge University, with the mission and objective to elevate work experienced matures licenced individuals to a Recognised and Acceptable Professional Status. ECU being a Work Orientated University, seek their recognition and acceptance by Employers and the Business World and Not from Traditional Ministry of Higher Education or Accreditation institutions due to the fact that ECU is Work Based Knowledge Qualifications.

European Continental University is a non-profit quasi charity corporation incorporated in the State of Delaware with the approval of the State Secretary as a non-domicile awarding institution to facilitate as a Work BasedProfessional Knowledge Entrepreneurial University. The aim is to confer Non- Academic and Non-OrthodoxWork Based Professional Knowledge Degree Qualificationsto matured working or business individuals worldwide under their incorporation constitution. Every university has its own Assessment Methodology and AwardingPolicies.At the time of registration, Accreditation in the United States is a voluntary process for external quality review and every State has their own criteria permitting the incorporation of any institution. ECU is not a trade name but an active licenced institution.

The European Continental University (ECU) was conceived from a UK Professional Body, named the Corporation of Executives and Administrators (CEA), which was incorporated in Great Britain in the year of 1981 under the 1948/1981 Company Act, with the facilities to incorporate as many faculties as it may seem necessary. It is a unique UK Professional Body.The Founders of ECU, who were trustees at the time within CEA, took the privilege to give the UK professional strength by offering a special Eminent Membership. But it is made very clear to all concerned that, ECU is an independent Professional Knowledge Institution of State of Delaware, USA Awarding Professional Knowledge Qualifications for Licenced Working Matured Individuals under the scheme of Accreditation for Career Progress Development (ACPD) or Affirmation for Prior Experience and Learning (APEL).

The Trustees of the UK- Commission for Consistent Learning (UK-CCL) along with professional support fromConsortium of Entrepreneurial Administrators for Professional Development (CEA), which is a Further Professional Learning Awarding Body of UK came about from the Corporation of Executives and Administrators (CEA) who are jointly managing the operation of ECU. But UK-CCL has undertaken the responsibility ofdeclaring and taking care of the revenue and operation along with the entire management and administration of ECU in their office in Great Britain in the capacity as the International Coordinating and Management Centre since 2013. But from August 2014, the Corporation of Executives and Administrators (CEA) have passed on their Eminent Awarding Division toConsortium of Entrepreneurial Administrators for Professional Development (CEA).

ECU IS THE PATHWAY FOR WORKING INDIVIDUALS ECU’s Certification of Professional Knowledge Award Has helped in their respective Career Development!

Currently the Trustees are UK-Commission for Consistent Learning (UK-CCL) of Great Britain with Founder and Innovator Professor Emeritus Ralph Thomas

The Executive Councils have decided to setup their operation in the following manner.

A. Registered Office to handle all governmental enquiries.

B. International Coordination & Management Officeto handle all enquiries and back office administrative operations which are managed by UK-CCL

C. ECU work side by side with UK-CCL and their associated Learning Academies in relations to conducting Workshops, Seminars, Conferences or Promotional Meetings.

D.Business Development & Publication Office meets the request of marketing, promotions, and publication and advertising matters.

E. Governor General Office, where the official meetings of dignitaries are held.

Yes, CEA offers every ECU graduate with Eminent Certified Membership, which is specially,sanctioned by the CEA Trustees to strength the ECU’s Professional Knowledge Entrepreneurial Qualification. This CEA membership is awarded to ECU’s Graduates to confirm the European affiliation. Add to this CEA being the brain child of 1981 the Corporation Executive Administrators, the publication of their such as “ADMIN TIMES” and CEA’s ADMIN WORLD” is circulated with the ECU information to all the Alumni Members of ECU free of charge. ECU wishes to state here that the CEA’s Eminent Certified Membershipis consideredto be a dual qualification to give the UK validity.

ECU’s Trustees have given this vital task to UK-Commission for Consistent Learning (UK-CCL) who is a UK incorporatednon-profit quasi charity institution whose sole purpose is to maintainProfessional Quality Management Standards (PQMS) in assessingand verifying of individuals, institutions and organisations to the Quality Standards of ISO 9001:2008.

Although quality assurance is a fundamental responsibilityof ECU, but it has empowered to UK-CCL as they havethe approval to the ISO Standard and Guideline as the assessors, examiners and verifiers under reference of BS-EN-9001:2008 with certification number GB-14390. The International Standardization Organization (ISO) is the only quality assurance system recognized by intergovernmental agreement between 148 different countries. The ISO encourages institutions to adopt the standards in both self-certification and external audit processes.

Yes, because all the candidates are assessed, examined and verified by UK-CCL. This function is carried out as per the methods and quality assurance of ISO Standards and Professional Quality Management Standards of UK-CCL PQMS 5001:2005. Add to this UK-CCL offer the ECU candidates with the Equivalency Certification as the confirmation of Professional Knowledge Qualification of ECU is taken into European Qualification Standards.

All the candidates’ documents are examined and verified individually by UK-CCL approved professionals in their respective countries. UK-CCL nominates professionally qualified and experienced academics and professionals to execute their tasks in many countries as their External Assessors and Verifiers. This facilitation is offered to ensure that every applicant could be able to appear in person to confirm their eligibility for the award. UK-CCL has a Regional Operational Director as many countries as possible to maintain and execute the PQMS 5001:2005 to the highest level.

ECU’s Qualification comes with UK Entrepreneurial Membership and UKCCL Equivalence Certification

ECU awarding certificate is unique because it has the approval and certification of both the CEA and UK-CCL, which jointly gives further endorsement and enriches the professional quality standards that is maintained to the European level award. ECU Work Based Professional Knowledge Entrepreneurial Qualification cannot be bought, rather every applicant has to make every effort to earnthe awards. ECU’s assessments are practical orientated rather than rigid academic method. ECU professional knowledge qualifications are for matured hands on work experienced individuals, who can demonstrate their knowledge in their respective profession. Every ECU professional knowledge qualification is categorised to the individual’s work specialisation to demonstrate the worthiness and acceptance internationally. ECU Professional Qualification has its Major to confirm the speciality of the candidate.

Yes, ECU has two methods of accepting their applicants, due to the fact it is only for matured working individuals. Accreditationfor Career Progress Development (ACPD) Affirmation for Prior Experience & learning (APEL) Most of the candidates are considered under the two schemes of ACPD and APEL, as the applicants are busy working or business individuals. The ECU awards are conferred to Work Based and Matured Applicants. As ECU’s awards are assignments and oral examinations and ACPD and APEL schemes are more popular within the prospective applicants.

Yes, why not. ECU welcomesany one to join in offering their Professional Knowledge Entrepreneurial Qualifications as a potential new facilitator of Knowledge Academy. Please contact us via email by giving full details and the area of your interest, the scheme that you wish to offer. The UK-CCL Office will coordinate via their respective representative as soon as possible.

ECU is very selective in entering into such relationships and will only do so when certain criteria are clearly met. A full detailed business proposalwith clear intentions with available financial capacity and back ground verification of the individuals within the particular partnership. The International Affairs Administrator will respond to this query initially. Public must be made aware that ECU’s awards are Work Orientated and Non-Academic.

The Executive Board of Governors of ECU had made it very clear on their website and in all their promotional materials that they only facilitate and award Work Based Professional Knowledge Entrepreneurial Degree Qualifications and not any academic qualification.The degrees are of Bachelor, Master andDoctorate in all areas of Management.

As it is been explained earlier, ECU awards are Knowledge Orientated and Professional Qualifications, which is related to the working profession. Therefore every candidate who has the ECU Knowledge Qualifications has to describe their major respectively, when they wish to describe their abbreviation letters after their names. Due to the fact ECU offers many type of Professional Knowledge Qualification, they differ from each other. Since 2014, ECU’s Executive Governing Board and Trustees have focused their awarding concept in elevating today’s Entrepreneurs in either Business or Employment. Please find below two of the awards which are more popular within ECU’s awarding schemeand it should do not mislead any general public.

Post Graduate Diploma Holder : Postgraduate Professional Entrepreneurship (PGDip.PE)
Master Degree Holder: Master of Professional Entrepreneurship (MPE-USA)
Doctor Degree Holder: Doctor of Professional Entrepreneurship (DPBA-USA)

ECU’s incorporation being confirmed thatit is a Work Based Knowledge University, thereforetheir mission is to offer an individualized, mentored professional knowledge qualification at a fraction of the cost of many other state or private universities. The standard duration may be reduced considerably if the candidate is considered under the scheme of Accreditation for Career Progress Development (ACPD) or Affirmation for Prior Experience & Learning (APEL). Equally, if the candidate wishes to pursue their qualification, the amount of time and effort will be a major factor in determining how long the individual is prepared to put into accumulate the necessary credits for the appropriate award. These factors will often mean that you can complete your professional knowledge entrepreneurial degree in significantly less time than in a traditional academic learning route. This does not mean that the level of award quality standard is less than any other degrees, due to the fact of the number of years work experience is accounted for the said qualification.

ECU is proud to say to their prospective candidates that, being a Work Based Knowledge University, no time bar is attached for enrolment. Anyone can enrol any time of the year either directly with International Coordinating Management Centre or Local Representative Offices in respective countries.

The European Continental University (ECU) vision was evolved from the UK Incorporated Non Chartered Professional Body the Corporation of Executives and Administrators (CEA),whose constitution permits the ability to create as many faculties it may deem necessary since the year of 1981 in Great Britain. Taking this into consideration, theExecutive Governor General Prof. Ralph Thomas came up with the remarkable solution of constituting a Work Based Knowledge Universityby implementing his Doctorate Thesis theory and came about incorporating in 2005 lawfully in State of Delaware , USA. This was made possible by submitting the appropriate application pertaining to the Incorporation Constitution on February 14, 2005 by Mr. John L Williams, the Incorporator and nominated 1201 Orange Street, Suite 600, Wilmington, Delaware 19801 as its registered office and approval of State Secretary of Government of Delaware was given on the 31st of May 2005 with the official registration number of 02254641 along with the Authentication number 3914155 as a Virtual Distance Learning Knowledge University. ECU DEGREES HAVE TO BE EARNED AND ARE NOT PURELY AWARDED FOR EXPERIENCE. Add to this to offer that with an additional Professional Eminent Certified Membership conferred by CEA’s sister awarding Body Consortium of Entrepreneurial Administrators for Professional Development (CEA)this willfurther enhance by affirming their invaluable work experience and considering in making it as a dual Professional Qualification.Most importantly the ECU Board of Governors and Trustees always look for accreditation and endorsement from every working individual, entrepreneur, business organisation, private and government employer and professional awarding bodies. ECU qualifications are made known as the Worked Based Knowledge Entrepreneurial Degree Awards.The ECU Board of Governors firmly believe that Professional Knowledge Entrepreneurial Qualifications has neither age limit nor boundaries because it is conferred upon work licensed individual professional.

The traditional on-campusclass room degree qualifications are 100% academic orientated, but ECU qualifications are based on hands on lifelong work experience and prior learning. ECU strongly believes thatall their prospective applicants are Licenced Working persons and because of the Professional Quality Management Standardsthat has been imposed in their assessment and verification in relation to all their awards, they meet the necessary level required stipulation of a traditional university. ECU’s purpose is to offer a different international professional knowledge entrepreneurial experience degree award, rather than an academic with the learner in full control of the process. To this effect, ECU candidates are assessed, examined and verified to an ISO 9000:2008 by UK-Commission for Consistent Learning (UK-CCL). ECU’s Knowledge route is much more flexible than that of any traditional class roominstitution. Because it gives the flexibility of being self-planned and self-paced. Therefore, in terms of personal attention to detail and attentiveness of the particular needs of the candidates, it far exceeds what is accessible somewhere else. ECU believes that with this significant historical model in support, this flexibility is achieved without compromising professional academic standards. It should be duly noted that being distinctively different from the traditional institutions does not make us substandard to them either. This has made available from traditional endorsement for recognition. Therefore, every prospective candidate must understand and be clear about this before seeking the ECU’s Qualifications.

Yes, under the scheme of ACPD and APEL. ECU’s vision, mission and objective is to elevate every working licensed individual to gain a reputable and acceptable professional knowledge degree qualification to bring them to the level of an academic professional.

Yes, because ECU confers their Professional Knowledge Entrepreneurial Degree Awardson the basis of Work Based Experiences to the candidates who are legitimately licensed work experienced individuals. Therefore, ECU cannot give any guarantee, but may be accepted by most of the international employers or business organisation. ECU wishes to advise that acceptance is totally a free decision, which comes down to the individual’sdiscretion of the employers or business organisations. It is with great pleasure, we can confirm that, many of our candidates have benefited with our awards by career enhancement within their employment and career progress.To this effect we have received positive feedback from employers whom we have consulted, indicating that the personalized nature of our awards and it has high appreciation from the private business community. With all issues of acceptance, however, every individual should make their own exploration to make certain that the professional knowledge degree will meet your current and upcoming needs. Gaining ECU qualifications is the free will of every applicant and they should check the credential before gaining the award. No responsibility will be taken by the ECU trustees once they have issued the certification.

ECU accepts transfer of credits from other institutions and partly qualified matured students on a case-by-case basis within available limits. On the other hand, ECU generally has an open-minded approach in allowing the candidate with the opportunity to prove their eligibility for ECU awards.

It is a vital question, but ECU cannot give any under taking in this regard as relevant decisions concerning the acceptance ofECU professional awards strictly depends on the receiving institution admission policies and are made at the sole discretion of the individual institution.ECU has no power over their decision. ECU’s Board of Governors wish to state that, they do not makesany representation whatsoever with reference to the transferability option to other awarding institutions. ECU qualifications are explicit and unique as they are based on work experience and prior learning.

ECU’s Executive Board of Governors would like to advise in advance to every applicant who is consideringobtaining a professional knowledge entrepreneurial degree qualification from ECU and wishes to transfer to another university orintending totransfercredits to any to any other awarding body, that they mustcheck with the respective institutions or business organisations or employers well before they gain the ECU’s Qualification. Currently many awarding institutions for the Post Qualification may accept as an entry qualification. Please check the ECU qualification can be accepted as credits earned and this must be verified by the respective candidates,without first verifying this independently prior to the enrolment. Without performing this act by the appropriate candidate, they should not debate with the ECU Trustees of the qualifications and this will not be entertained. Please be advised that, an institution’s legal or accreditation status does not guarantee that credits earned at that institution wouldbe accepted for transfer by another institution. No institution, however distinguishedthey are and whatever its accreditation status, can state truthfully that its credits are collectively accepted in all situations.

ECU being anindependent international non-governmental non-profit quasi charity private corporation incorporated in State of Delaware, USA does not participate in government-funded aid programmes and it cannot offer a general scholarship scheme.However, ECU being affiliated with business organisations, do consider some scholarship on an individual basis with the approval of UK-Commission for Consistent Learning (UK-CCL) for candidates from the developing counties. On the same token ECU is actively seeking any donors to come forward in sponsoring any candidates via the UK-CCL scheme. Candidates may seek assistance from their current employers or private financial commercial loan companies. If any documents are required regarding confirmation acceptance of any award, ECU’s admissions department will assist the candidates, as long as the prospective candidate makes a written request.

ECU believes in and supportsa green environment, therefore it is readily available for print from their dedicated website and as such ECU does not send it by postal mail. All information are available by soft copy formats and available for free on the website.

ECU does not believe in a telemarketing concept, but does depend and support personal and individual references. Telephone consultations are offered to clarify any doubts and assist the prospective candidates with any additional information that they may require. All applicants must complete ECU’s official application along with a detailed CV. These must be enclosed for the initial assessment to be carried out.The use of telephone processes in admissions is usually a cover for high-pressure sales and marketing counsellors paid on commission.ECU always wants the applicant to think carefully and independently before making any decision and to be absolutely sure before enrolling. There is no high-pressure sales talk because ECU’s emphasis is purely on referral marketing in achieving high quality prospective applicants for high quality satisfaction.Every application is considered on an individual merit and assessed and verified by oral examinations.

A Non Refundable Preliminary Verification feeis payable by every applicant at the time of initial submission of documentation. Thereafter, fees are determined by the Executive Dean of Management who is in charge of the Bursary with the consultation with the Executive Governor General. The fee structure is reviewed in the third week of December every year. Every provider of ECU awards must adhere to the fee structure that has been produced by the Bursary. The only person who has full authority to award any fee deduction will be the Executive Governor General. The fee comprises of Registration, Learning, Assessment, Verifying and Awarding. All fees must be remitted to UK-CCL Bank Account nominated by the Board of Governors, as they are the sole representative for assessment and verification of all ECU awards along with International Coordinating Management Representative.

The ECU Alumni Association managed by UK-CCLhandles this affair for ECU. The UK-CCL is an independent institution and handles this professional service to other institutions and this will give better benefits to the ECU graduate network.

ECU Board of Governors are very proud to say that their past graduates do give positive testimonials and recommend the candidates to gain the ECU qualifications. Currently ECU does not take part in anylarge-scaleadvertisements, but keep their presence by word of mouth and personal referral only. This method is currently followed to give strength to prospective candidates.

Please feel free to ask us anyquestions and we will be ready to assist you in whatever way possible.