Ukrainian businessman made fake Oxford awards for many years, - The Times

Source : 112 Ukraine

The agency reported about undermined reputation of one of the world's best universities
16:04, 24 July 2017

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The University of Oxford’s academic reputation is being exploited by Ukrainian businessmen selling millions of pounds worth of fake awards and honours, The Times reports.

The Europe Business Assembly (EBA) advertises itself as an Oxford institution to sell made-up prizes such as “The International Socrates Award” and “The Queen Victoria Commemorative Award” for up to £9,300 a time.

Former staff say that they were encouraged to approach developing countries, sending mass emails and cold-calling foreign businesses and academics with claims that they had been nominated for an award. Anyone who expressed interest was told that they had to pay several thousand pounds to meet the company’s administrative costs and for a five-year licence to “use the award brand . . . for public relations and marketing purposes,” the agency writes.

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