Everything you need to know about fake degrees and the ‘universities’ awarding them

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2017 by steve

“Would you be fooled into thinking that the University of Devonshire existed? How would you like to own a qualification from the University of Wexford? Or does graduating from the University of Palmers Green appeal? These were all trading names of the University Degree Programme, set up with websites looking like they were licensed universities …” (more)

[Thomas Lancaster, The Conversation, 31 January]


Fake university degree websites shut down

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2017 by steve

“More than 40 fraudulent websites have been shut down in a major crackdown on the sale of fake degrees. The sites closed included those selling authentic-looking certificates using the names of real British universities …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 January]

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Faking it: made up universities and degrees

Posted in Legal issues on June 21st, 2016 by steve

UK“We’ve looked here at fake degrees from non-existent universities before. It does seem to be a continuing problem and I was struck by this recent example reported in the Manchester Evening News …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 21 June]

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Landmark Study Reveals UK is the Bogus University Capital of Europe

Posted in Legal issues on January 24th, 2010 by steve

“A new Report published today by Accredibase exposes an international fake degree fraud even bigger than the scam exposed by the British press last year, which found thousands of fake ‘language schools and colleges’ acting as ‘visa factories’ to fuel immigration crimes. Alarmingly, the UK was found to be Europe’s fake university capital …” (more)

[onrec, 21 January]

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Uncovering the multi-million dollar fake degree industry

Posted in Legal issues on January 12th, 2010 by steve

“With competition still fierce in the jobs market, some people might be tempted to beef up their resume by buying a fake degree. The problem of fake degrees is nothing new, but the Internet has made it easier than ever to obtain a bogus qualification …” (more)

[Mark Tutton, CNN, 11 January]

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‘Fake’ colleges

Posted in Legal issues on April 16th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Today this blog is coming to you from Yorkshire. I am just on a brief visit to England, and one of the major news items right now concerns the alleged use of ‘fake’ higher education institutions as a cover for migrants to the UK whose main objectives are to carry out terrorist actions. Leaving aside the specific circumstances of these concerns and allegations, there clearly is an important issue which, in a global setting, has never been properly addressed: how can we distinguish between reputable universities and colleges on the one hand, and those that are suspect on the other? And it is not just a UK issue. In Ireland we have had occasional news stories about institutions claiming to be universities or accredited institutions that in fact either don’t properly ‘exist’ at all or which are not serious education providers …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 April]

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UNESCO Takes On International Diploma Mills

Posted in Legal issues on January 30th, 2009 by steve

“The growing demand for college degrees, the globalization of the education market, and the Internet are combining to create a more favorable climate for diploma mills around the world, says Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, chief of the section for reform, innovation, and quality assurance in higher education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Ms. Uvalic-Trumbic, who spoke this morning at the annual meeting of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, explained several measures that Unesco has taken to help prevent fake colleges from succeeding …” (more)

[Eric Kelderman, Chronicle, 29 January]

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