6 Ways to identify a fake degree - Royal Institute of Colombo

6 Ways to identify a fake degree

6 Ways to identify a fake degree


In a world where many brands are being copied or faked, education has absolutely no exception. It is a common scenario where entities with low or no credibility offer degrees / diplomas that are fake, owing to the high demand for higher education around the globe. Within such a context, students face numerous difficulties in selecting a credible degree programme offered by an accredited university. Many fake degree programmes direct the focus of students only to pass examinations and not provide them with sound academic knowledge and soft skills required of professionals. As such, it is of utmost importance to know how one could spot a fake degree programme. Here’s how;

1. Ranking of the university.
The standard of a degree programme is determined by the rank of the university. If a particular university is not a high ranked one, the standard of the degrees offered would also be low. The world university rankings are freely available on the web and it’s just a matter of a few minutes of research to know as to whether the intended university would take you where you want to be.

2. Academic history of the local teaching center.
Local teaching centers offering foreign degree programmes often do not possess a rich academic history. It is very seldom that high ranked universities affiliate with such teaching centers. Moreover, it is the ‘academic history’ of the institution that should be focused in this regard rather than the number of years of existence.

3. Duration of degree programmes.
Students and parents often get carried away by institutions that claim to offer degrees in just two years. A degree programme of high repute cannot be a fast-track one. The standard duration of a globally recognized bachelors’ degree programme is three years. In the case of special degrees, the duration is four years.

4. Scholarships offered to students.
Scholarships offered to students should be based on their academic performance, with the purpose of encouraging them to do even better. Nevertheless, offering scholarships to anyone and everyone upon registration is a strategy followed by many institutions, simply to attract more students. Such scholarships do no good to the students’ education.

5. Transparency in academic and examination procedures.
Academic content taught at local teaching centers of low regard, is decided and designed by themselves. Similarly, setting of examinations and corrections are done at local centers without the involvement of the affiliated university. Moreover, such institutions do not provide students the facility to access past papers in preparing for examinations. Such practices are highly disregarded by top global universities.

6. Prospects for further studies and suitable employment.
Anyone pursuing a degree programme does so with the ultimate intention of obtaining suitable employment and/or engaging in further studies. Obtaining a First or Second Class Honours for your degree programme would be of no use if it does not earn you the opportunity to be well-employed and make yourself eligible for further studies at top universities anywhere in the world.

These are just a handful of points that would help you in selecting a degree programme of high quality. Due diligence and an inquisitive mind-set would always lead you to making correct choices in life. A degree programme is the stepping stone to the rest of your life and the success or failure of your life is dependent on the choices you make today. After all, the many years you spend in completing a degree programme, exerting time, effort and finances should ultimately make your higher educational and career aspirations a reality.