Corruption in universities: paths to integrity in the higher education subsector

Author(s) : Kirya, Monica

Organization : U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

Imprint : Bergen, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, 2019

Collation :

46 p.

Series : U4 Issue 2019:10

Corruption and fraud in higher education is a global scourge that hinders human capital formation, especially in developing countries. It ranges from political capture of universities to favouritism in admissions, diversion of funds, academic dishonesty and sextortion. Higher education regulatory frameworks should promote accountability and anti-corruption measures as part of accreditation and assessment standards. Donors can use their assistance to bolster anti-corruption compliance in the universities they partner with, strengthen accreditation agencies, and support information technology solutions.


  • Academic fraud, Accountability, Admission to school / university, Anti-corruption strategies, Corruption, Favoritism, Fraud, Fund leakage, Political corruption, Development aid, Economic and social development, Educational management, University administration, Finance, Use of funds, Integrity, Procurement, Quality assurance and accreditation, University staff, University staff promotion, University staff recruitment, Higher education