Fake degrees in VN causing headaches for employers
VietNamNet Bridge - Training establishments confirm that they have discovered five to seven fake bachelor’s degrees a week. All types of degrees can be counterfeited, from driving licenses to foreign language certificates.


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All types of degrees can be counterfeited




Nguyen Van Duong, deputy head of the HCMC Economics University, said there are numerous counterfeited degrees. The school sends documents to employers every week to answer their request to ascertain bachelor’s degrees and discovers five to seven fake degrees.

The school requires graduates to submit foreign language certificates granted by international institutions and always checks the certificates carefully. However, many students still buy fake certificates.

When verifying students’ profiles, an intermediate school (two year training) in Cu Chi district in HCMC discovered tens of fake high-school diplomas and suspected foreign language and informatics certificates. 

Many schools update the lists of graduates on their official websites. If employers and agencies cannot find the names of degree holders in the list, the degrees must be counterfeited.

As the school could not prove the authenticity of the degrees, it had to send dispatches to the training establishments which granted certificates.

HCMC Police recently discovered a gang specializing in counterfeiting degrees on a large scale, seizing many printers, photocopiers, nine boxes of documents, 1,600 stamp samples and 56 counterfeited degrees.

Can Tho University has affirmed that it did not grant a bachelor’s degree in accountancy to NTTD. 

Hanoi Industry University affirmed there was no student named NTHT granted a bachelor’s degree No B318973 on July 1, 2013. 

Dong Nai University said it did not grant a bachelor’s degree No B127636 to LTTL. HCMC University of Education denied granting a B-level certificate in informatics and English to NTKT in 2017. 

Most recently, inspectors of the Ministry of Transport discovered a teacher at a driving training center using a counterfeit driving license.

Many schools update the lists of graduates on their official websites. If employers and agencies cannot find the names of degree holders in the list, the degrees must be counterfeited.

Duong from the HCMC Economics University said the lists of graduates have been made public since 2007. This allows agencies to verify graduates’ profiles easily. If agencies need official answers, the school is ready to give replies in documents.

Pham Thai Son from the HCMC Food Industry University confirmed that the school receives requests to certify degrees every year. The number of counterfeit degrees the school has discovered is not high. In the past, many students submitted counterfeited foreign language certificates. 

Since the day the school required certificates granted by international institutions, no fake certificates have been received.

Son said that it is more difficult to cheat agencies and schools now because, with the support of information technology, they can find the truth easily. 

Some schools are suspending students using counterfeit certificates for two years.


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