its a nice ring isnt it

With the price of higher education skyrocketing in the west, student debt a growing problem for new graduates, and the increase of well-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree, many people are finding that going to university just isn’t really worth it these days. But what if you could still get a degree without devoting all that time and effort, and without coming out of it with a lifetime’s worth of debt?

As it turns out, a website in China has been offering fake diplomas for a number of well-respected universities around the world, for only a fraction of the cost of four years of tuition!

No, we are in no way endorsing you skip out on an important educational endeavor to spend a few hundred dollars (US$732 to be exact) on a fake, and frankly fraudulent, piece of paper. But we can understand why this site might have been too tempting for some to ignore.

The Chinese website is now under investigation after BBC Radio Kent found the diplomas for sale. The website apparently offers degree certificates for many universities in China, the US, and UK, including the universities of Kent and Surrey, and claims they are for “novelty purposes” or to replace lost diplomas.

deeeplooomaaaaScreenshots: BBC News via Toychan Net

A university degree certificate may only be a piece of paper, but it’s also an incredibly empowering one. Those seeking to gain high-level employment or entry to other countries are often required to prove that they have graduated from university, with many countries – Japan included – requiring foreigners to have a bachelor’s degree or higher in order to obtain a working visa.

A spokeswoman for the Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD), which verifies diplomas issued by 22 UK universities, says they have been in contact with the Ministry of Education in China to see what actions they can take to get the website shut down. Quite how easy a task that will be, however, remains to be seen.

If the path to your future doesn’t include a trip through university, that’s perfectly okay. But if you need that four-year degree for your career, do it the right way, kids!

Source: BBC News via Toychan Net
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