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  • Newspaper

    Minister stripped of PhD title acquired through ‘deceit’

    Germany

    Michael Gardener - University World News

    The thesis of the former German minister for family affairs was found to contain nearly 70 passages violating good academic practice. The Free University of Berlin required the minister to return the PhD certificate within one month after notification of the withdrawal of the degree, acquired through “deceit regarding independent academic achievement”.

  • Council of Europe's Call for best practices in promoting academic integrity during COVID-19

    News

    Are you a higher education institution actively working on promoting academic integrity? Have you found solutions to promote/safeguard academic integrity during COVID-19? The Council of Europe Education Department has just opened a call for best practices in promoting academic integrity in higher education institutions in Europe.

  • Newspaper

    Call for essay mills ban amid surge in university cheating cases

    UK

    Gregor Aiken and James Wyllie - The Press and Journal

    The “proliferation” of essay mills over the past 5 years has led to an increase in the number of plagiarism cases. Last year, 338 cases were reported by universities in the North, with the majority of cases at Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University. 1,000 essay mills companies are currently operating across the UK. Some are allegedly involved in exploiting graduates overseas where they are forced to work 12-hour shifts producing essays for as little as $1 an hour.

  • Newspaper

    Board mulls anti-cheating platform for universities

    Estonia

    - University World News

    The Estonian Board of Education and Youth (Harno) is planning to test an exam monitoring platform, called Proctorio, and is currently collecting data on the needs of universities that have expressed interest in implementing the platform to stop cheating in exams. This US developed application allows for out-of-classroom exam monitoring and can be connected to older anti-cheating platforms.

  • Newspaper

    UK degree fraud: 85 fake university websites taken down in five years

    UK

    Rachell Hall - The Guardian

    As part of the government's crackdown on degree fraud, and to safeguard the international reputation of UK universities, 85 fake UK university websites have been shut down since 2015. Websites have also been found selling fake degree certificates from real universities: a BBC investigation in 2014 found a website selling the University of Kent for £500, which were described as for “novelty purposes, or as a replacement for lost diplomas”. Employers are encouraged to carefully vet the qualifications of any new employees as “The only way to stop these operators is to remove the demand”.

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