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Fighting the Fakes: Protecting the Authenticity of EU Diplomas

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Published on Friday, 26 August 2022

When it comes to our education, working to obtain a university qualification could be considered as one of life’s greatest achievements. Many students work hard over the course of a few years to obtain their qualification – some up to six years while managing a full-time job and family life. However, as the famous saying goes, “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”

Where there’s hard work to be had, the temptation for some to ‘skip to the good part’ is resulting in huge consequences for our society. In a world where anything can be forged, fake university diplomas in particular have become a sizeable market, with hundreds of fake online universities selling education by the pound – quite literally. In fact, “diploma mills” are a billion-dollar business worldwide, and the use of fake degrees constitutes a threat for all of society. The extent of the problem is thought to be substantial – as early as 2006, it was reported that employers estimate up to 30% of all resumes contain false qualifications. The question is, why can’t these fake diplomas be spotted? The problem lies in the difficulty to carry out a quick and simple background check on university diplomas. In fact, these can take a long processing time, often longer than businesses are willing to wait.

Read the full article from our 2021 annual report here.