UK’s Newcastle University has expelled 49 students from China and one from Taiwan after the certificates they used to gain entry were found to be forged.
Most of the students had enrolled on business studies courses which started in September, but the university became suspicious when the students were unable to keep up with work. Their applications were rechecked and forged English language and degree certificates were discovered.
Newcastle University said many of the students appeared to be victims of bogus agents based either in China or the UK; but it was necessary to exclude them to protect the interests of other properly qualified students [more on BBC]
Personally I find it hard to believe that the students were not aware of the forgery or at least suspicious of what the ‘bogus’ agents were doing to get them enrolled… wonder what kind of documents they might forge when they get into the job market.