Fake is best. Quote of the day

Jul 20, 2012


quote, universities


The Economist here

Such cases have not stopped the fraudsters, and would-be students are still trying to buy their way to a better career. A diploma can make all the difference in the modern Chinese job hunt. In some cases fee-paying students know they are matriculating with a fake university but see it as an easy way to obtain a diploma. You can buy everything else in China, so why not academic qualifications?

“Chinese people pay more attention to having a diploma than they do to having a real education,” says Mr Xiong. “A diploma is worth actual money, whereas an education is not.”

And not just the Chinese either.

Post by Jonathan Rees

Clinical academic and skin watcher at the University of Edinburgh

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