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Fighting fake academic diplomas

Universities all over the world are compelled to use ever more resources in order to assure, that applicants for vacant positions actually have obtained the academic merits which they present. Unfortunately, a few clicks are enough to produce or edit university diplomas. For universities in Switzerland, a new service developed by national research and education network SWITCH has come to the rescue.

“Fake diplomas can seriously damage the credibility of institutions. In addition, potential employers need to check with universities whether the diplomas they receive are genuine. For universities, these enquiries mean a considerable amount of administrative work,” says Robert Ott, head of project at SWITCH.

In response to demands for a joint solution for Swiss universities, SWITCH has developed an up-to-date online solution SWITCHverify.

Submitted by Jane Gifford

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