Politicians in Eastern Europe Are Getting in Trouble Over Fake Qualifications

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  1. tadj

    tadj Member

  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Smells like Axact to me.
     
  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    It's several hours later now and I've got the time to expand on that a bit. For people who haven't been around for long I can point you toward the biggest thread we've got on the Axact degree mill scandal. It's a rather long thread and spreads out over several years. If you plow through that one there are at least a half-dozen others, all about a specific spinoff topic. The search widget will point the way. The point I wanted to make is that embedded in that thread is information regarding the millions of dollars this Axact network was pulling in. You can do the math if you want but it calculates out to be a LOT of fake degrees, worldwide. The outing began in Pakistan itself, followed by India and across Asia. People all over the world bought these scam degrees and slooowly they are being outed. The world of politics seems to be a popular destination for these scam degrees but you can find stories about people using them for all sorts of things. I'm pretty sure that we're going to continue to post stories about people, sometimes highly placed people, who are using these things in an underhanded way.
     
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  4. mbwa shenzi

    mbwa shenzi Member

    Billions of dollars, mark reached in 2013-2014. Approximately 8 million degrees sold, add the income from fake term papers and theses sites to that. New sites are being registered regularly, Warren Stone University’s website about three months ago.
     
  5. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Dr. Warren Stone was a famous Tulane alumnus and professor. He lived and died in the 19th Century. There appears to be a couple of still-living Warren Stones who are now professors at other fine schools. We can be sure none of them had anything to do with this eponymous fake school.

    https://libguides.tulane.edu/famousalumni/WarrenStone
     
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  6. mbwa shenzi

    mbwa shenzi Member

    I'm sure the people at Axact noticed that while looking for things to steal before setting up their own version of Tulane, the University of Tulane, uot.education
     
  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I just HAD to look! That's awful! I wonder how long till a bogus Harvard, Yale, Brown, Stanford or other American leading light appears. We live in bad times, indeed.
     
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  8. mbwa shenzi

    mbwa shenzi Member

    Oh, the Axactians registered their own version of Stanford a while back, it's called Staanford University.
     
  9. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Saw their FB page. Then I tried to get onto the website - forbidden (to me at least). For the best, I suppose. Though how they're going to make money if everybody else is
    "forbidden" I don't know. I guess they think, since forbidden things are more attractive, determined suckers will fight their way on. I'm not that guy...
     
  10. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Staanford seems to be conflated with another "university" known as NVU - don't know what that stands for. Click on 'Why NVU' and you get a Staanford blurb. The Staanford site is actually reached through another url - something called 'shipment point' or similar. Typical mill menu - Undergrad degrees in 1 year - 8 lessons. Doctorates, $1,500 in 12 weeks - 5 lessons. Garbage site - garbage degrees.
     
  11. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Maybe they spotted you
     
  12. mbwa shenzi

    mbwa shenzi Member

    NVU, National Valley University.
     
  13. tadj

    tadj Member

    National Valley University...all these made up on the spot accrediting agencies on their accreditation page. Very creative stuff! Where have I seen that before? You also have to give them some points for the professional web design of the accrediting agency sites.
     
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  14. mbwa shenzi

    mbwa shenzi Member

    Axact is a company with considerable resources, and launches new products regularly. Marwin Field University was created about a month ago, Bronze University is slightly younger, three weeks or so.
     
  15. tadj

    tadj Member

    I think Axact might do well in the cloning business.
     
  16. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    The article mentions "proFFessor" Yanukovich. I must say he didn't "get in trouble" for his clearly ghostwritten credentials; more for being a thieving corruption maniac in process of selling out his country to Russians (every similarities to currently serving leaders purely coincidental). He was mocked for generally being a blockheaded goon. Sadly, acceptance of bought degrees is still way too high; most politicians have doctorates, and it's assumed they cheated to get them. Interestingly, the incumbent, comedian by trade, may be the first President without a doctorate. His qualification as a "lawyer" is a bit of a joke, but he did attend university traditionally. I'm almost sure that's when he got into sketch show competitions; he was a "captain" of the comedy team competing in "KVN" shows (traditionally for students).
     
  17. tadj

    tadj Member

    The ongoing NATO summit may bring new surprises for Ukrainians.
     

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