Mikhail M.'s review of Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

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Complaint Posted 7/3/2019
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I am completely dissatisfied and disagree with evaluation this company provides, and I explain why. First, I already have a job in higher education institution in the United States on the level of research associate (PhD level) and am a permanent resident of USA. So evaluation made by these people was not required for my current job and per se could not make harm for me. In particular, I paid them to evaluate my Lomonosov Moscow State University specialist diploma (5 years full course of higher education) and my candidate of science diploma (PhD equivalent). I graduated in 2000 with diploma with honors (75% and more excellent marks). Lomonosov Moscow State University is the best university in Russia. In my transcript I had 7784 hours including 4857 classroom hours. Although they were informed that the year I entered the university (1995) and graduated from it (2000), the Russian educational system only started to apply master/bachelor degree programs, and the Chemistry Department of Moscow State University awarded that time ONLY specialist degree, these people ignored the reality of the Russian educational system from that time and told me that my degree was equivalent to a bachelor, and to get master I needed an additional year of study that was not possible (not in accordance in the Russian Law) because that time the specialist degree was the highest higher education degree in any Russian university, with the next higher step being a doctoral (candidate of chemical sciences) program. In other words, that time any additional one year program simply did NOT exist (I have an email letter from evaluator Alexandra Lopez, approved by her supervisor Polina Lippman, in which they write that I had to complete additional year, which is not true according to the Russian Education Law). Moreover, because Ms. Lopez decided to evaluate my degree as a bachelor, she proportionally recalculated my classroom hours (4857) in credits (ca. 160-170) without providing any official document to make this decrease in credits. In her evaluation, Ms Lopez writes: "In order to be accepted into the doctoral program at Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, applicants must have completed a FOUR or five-year undergraduate degree program at an accredited institution of higher education in Russia. This is the equivalent of US bachelor's degree..." This is NOT true, because in order to be accepted into the doctoral program at Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, applicants must have completed FIVE years of education which might be done only by successful completion of specialist degree (in 2000, in particular), or specialist or master degree now (much latter than in 2000, now 6 years are required, but the law is NOT retroactive, and this norm is NOT applicable to my case). If an individual completed now (after implementation of bachelor/master system in Russia, which happened in any case after my graduation in 2000) only bachelor program (4 years), this individual will never be accepted to doctoral program in Russia. So theses people evaluated my credentials as bachelor and PhD instead of bachelor+master+PhD. They also did not return immediately $40 that I paid them for graduate GPA. I needed to remind them to do this. I submitted my documents on 6/4/2019, and only today (7/5/2019) after writing them, I got message that I will be refunded. Russian immigrants be very careful and use appropriate evaluating service because this company will evaluate the best Russian universities 5-year specialist degrees (awarded before introduction of bachelor/master programs in Russia) as a bachelor degree in US. Do NOT use their "service", you were warned!
 
 
 
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Hours   Phone   (305) 273-1616 Address   7101 SW 102 Ave.
Miami, FL 33173
Website   http://www.jsilny.com Email   hilda@jsilny.com
Contact   Hilda Caputo Other  
 
 
 
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