Australian universities are set to crack down on what they say is a high level of fraud by graduates inflating their academic achievements in job and study applications, write Tim Dodd and Misa Han for Financial Review.
Universities are to meet to give final approval to building a nationwide secure digital database of academic records that will allow employers and education institutions to check academic achievement claims. University of Melbourne Registrar Neil Robinson, who chairs the universities' reference group for the project, said he believed there was "significant underreporting" of credential fraud. "I believe we only catch the tip of the iceberg," he said.
Universities were to select a technology vendor to build the new system, called the Digital Student Data Project, which is scheduled to be up and running by the end of 2017. The database is expected to link with similar systems in China, the US, the UK, South Africa and a number of European countries to build a worldwide system to check academic credentials. India is also likely to participate, Robinson said.
Full report on the AFR site
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