Debate - Opinions and insights
Since its constitution, Selinus University has been concerned with students’ opinions, striving to analyse the perspective of those who have approached our alternative system. The distinctive features of our distance degree programs might been often confusing, especially to those who have never looked closely at our learning system; the latter, together with our mission, is our main core.
We are able to claim a high web reputation and a lot of positive reviews; this is due to the fact that students, professionals, managers who experienced our alternative academic system, have praised our professionalism and operational transparency.
Surely, we are well aware that not everyone approves Selinus University pedagogical methods. Therefore, when we read or listen to those who question our integrity, organization or validation methods, our response attitude is comprehension. We know and respect everyone’s ideas. In fact, it's a matter of opinion.
Probably, any positive or negative review or opinion on Selinus University comes from a good intention to protect students. We do firmly believe in freedom of expression. However, we tenaciously condemn the publication of misleading and erroneous information about our institution for distance learning. Therefore, we keep reminding our broad availability to provide information of any kind about Selinus.
In the alternative educational institutions’ debate, the clashing of different opinions is perfectly normal, especially when it comes to accreditation. Over the years, Selinus University has faced inappropriate comments and beliefs; nevertheless, it has always proved its legitimacy, ensuring consumer protection, proper information to potential students and useful indication on the correct use of a Selinus University degree, meaning obtained in an international commercial university. It has repeatedly happened that formerly sceptical people have changed their mind about us. Other times they have remained so, underrating distance learning systems.
It is important to focus on Selinus University as an institution reserved to professionals, managers and entrepreneurs who have already acquired specific competences over years of professional experience. A distance learning course is based on two factors: on one hand, a customised program designed to meet students educational needs through a strict professional recognition process; on the other hand, an efficient assessment of the student's CV and certification of skills. What comes next is the implementation of a distance learning process through the evaluation of reports, thesis, essays. These procedures differ from the Ministry of Education standards; that explains why a distance learning degree from Selinus University is considered non-formal and it is not officially recognized. Despite that, a Selinus University degree is far from being a valueless title. It is necessary to distinguish between the "government value" and the "value per se"; in other words, we favour the competence behind the degree itself. If that was not the case, we should consider any learning activity provided by specialised training institutions, private schools, business schools, corporate universities etc. as worthless.
We believe that there is a "value per se". A professional, scientific, humanistic, literary value. A value of knowledge of those who have studied and trained even through non-academic “channels”; they likewise deserve to see their experience certified, having been proven that this happens with transparency and in compliance with the law.
Nowadays, a governmental educational institution cannot offer any distance degree programs; those kind of programs are the ones providing operational flexibility and recognizing the students professional experience. Undoubtedly, a government need to have a standard, useful and valid for all. The efficiency, accessibility and pedagogical innovation offered by a distance learning institution, such as Selinus University, belong to another system. That is normal. A government program must be rigid and stringent and cannot disregard a state education system. At the same time, though, it must be admitted that even not recognized educational institution can work seriously, meeting high quality education standards.
To sum up, Selinus University is a distance learning provider with detached branches and a Permanent Establishment in Italy. For utmost transparency, it is registered with the Chamber of Commerce of Bologna, it has an Italian VAT number and pays taxes in Italy. It is based on the USA and British Commonwealth system and allowed to issues Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees. The authorization to operate as a Commercial University comes from the Ministry of Economy of the Commonwealth of Dominica where it is registered as IBC (International Business Corporation).
The degree for the job
Successful completion of a distance learning program at Selinus University proves an unquestionable level of willpower, responsibility, motivation and self-improvement that is highly appreciated by the best companies. Today, most modern companies believe that a distance degree course is as valid as a degree obtained through traditional campus courses. Besides that, no company hires just on the basis of an academic title, but rather on a thorough knowledge of the candidate. The skills demonstrated through the completion of a distance degree course are highly appreciated in workplaces.
A distance learning university like Selinus University is recommended as an alternative to campus study systems. For adult students who work and cannot afford to leave their job and/or families, or simply do not need the social experiences that a university campus normally offers, a Selinus University distance degree program may be the answer. A distance learning university should not be perceived as a substitute for traditional education under any circumstances; it is rather an alternative. An institution that offers distance learning provides a convenient educational experience, but it also requires a greater degree of self-motivation and self-discipline. Many human resources departments have high regard for those employees who can achieve a distance learning degree.