Fake overseas universities earn up to 100 million yuan in Guangdong annually

16:28, July 12, 2010      

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Fake overseas universities earn tens of millions or even 100 million yuan in profits every year in Guangdong province, according to China News Agency.

The master's and doctorate degrees issued by overseas premier universities are possibly false and the academic degrees such as the one relating to Tang Jun are more deceitful. Pan Helin, director of the Guangdong-based EMBA Teaching Center under Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, told People's Daily on July 11 that overseas universities are not entitled to issue master's and above degrees in the Chinese mainland without the approval from the Academic Degree Commission of the State Council. Some unaccredited overseas universities have simply accumulated wealth in the Chinese mainland by issuing fake degrees.

Tang Jun, CEO of a large Chinese enterprise and known as China's highest-paid employee, was alleged to have falsified school and work records, which has led to discussions on a social credibility crisis and the degeneration of the moral bottom line. This has also caused people from all walks of life to pay attention to the rampant fake universities and school records again.

Reporters randomly searched an admissions guide on the Web site of a Canada-based university that has opened 15 courses of educational programs in Guangzhou with more than 500 graduates and currently charges up to 80,000 yuan per student. Thus, the program has collected tuition fees exceeding 40 million yuan, excluding the classes in Shenzhen.

According to the university Web site announcement, it plans to open three classes from June to the year-end, which is estimated to collect an additional 10 million yuan in revenue. Such admission guides are seen here and there online or in newspapers, but such academic degrees will perhaps not be recognized even if students pay time and money for them.

Industry insiders said that academic degrees issued by fake overseas universities in Guangdong are priced at 30,000 to 80,000 yuan per master's degree and generally above 100,000 yuan per doctorate degree, depending on the fame of the issuers.

By People's Daily Online
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