Tom Spurling and Amy Baker assess the situation of fraud, talking to students who have cheated the system, companies offering new admissions solutions, and an architect of a global initiative to give students secure ownership of their academic data.
In a landmark ruling that could see many international students returning to the UK, an immigration tribunal has condemned the Home Office for deporting students for alleged exam deception in 2014 without confirming their role in the deception.
The UK government has revoked the licence of 16 private colleges in its investigation into immigration fraud launched in June saying "If a college addresses the serious concerns we have identified, they may get their licence back; if not, we reserve the right to revoke it permanently."
An innovative video interview company based in China is expecting "tremendous growth" for 2013-2014 since it has seen strong take-up among prospective international students keen to demonstrate their English language capabilities on film. Its emergence taps into global concerns with fraud in the high-stakes admissions process.
Authorities in New Zealand have uncovered immigration fraud in 279 Chinese student visa applications through routine random sampling of student visa applications through Immigration New Zealand’s Beijing branch. Two agencies are thought to be the source; some students already identified in the Auckland area.