Ministry steps up efforts to curb honorary degree misuse

The government is stepping up its efforts to prevent another avenue from being misused to gain titles and academic qualifications – honorary doctorates, writes Yuen Meikeng for The Star.

As a reminder to be vigilant about any misrepresentation and use of fraudulent awards, the Higher Education Ministry sent out guidelines in March to both public and private higher education institutions on the issuance of honorary doctorates. The universities have been asked to inform the ministry prior to finalising their decisions to award honorary doctorates.

Noting the recent cases of usage of fraudulent academic awards – which are not only confined to honorary doctorates – the ministry wants universities to be alert towards those who claim to receive awards from their institutions. “Ensuring that recipient information is readily available, the ministry will help document and publish honorary doctorate awards on the ministry’s website,” the ministry said.
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