Have your certificates from foreign universities been certified?

10:42, March 12, 2010      

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The interest Chinese students have in studying overseas is proved by the fact that one out of every 7 students studying overseas is Chinese. However, there are both good and bad services available on the market for students to study overseas, and additionally, it is difficult to distinguish a real certificate from a fake.

If you fail to stay vigilant, you can receive a fake certificate despite your hard work for several years. Although some certificates they receive at foreign universities are real, they cannot pass certification in China to many Chinese students' dismay. The certificates that they earned at great expense are useless and the certification of certificates received at foreign universities has become a topic which allows no neglect.

As early as 2000, the Academic Degree Committee which is under the State Council and the Ministry of Education (MOE) had actually issued a circular, requiring the MOE's Service Center for Studying Overseas and the China Academic Degree & Graduate Education Development Center to provide consultation services and certify the certificates of foreign universities as well as higher education diplomas and certifications.

Though the certification is not compulsory, government departments and state-owned enterprises all require their employees who have returned after studying overseas to have their academic degrees certified, and some foreign companies also have the same requirement when they recruit employees and sign employment contracts.

At present, the MOE refuses to certify academic degrees presented by the following universities: Foreign universities not recognized by the MOE; universities established through the cooperation between 2 foreign countries and are not certified by MOE; namely the academic degrees recognized by a third country but received while studying in a second country; universities established through the cooperation between two Chinese universities.

By People's Daily Online

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