Albanian colleges closed for issuing fake diplomas

18 shut down, 13 others suspended

07 August, 18:30

    (ANSAmed) - TRIESTE, AUGUST 7 The Albanian Council of Ministers has ordered that licenses be revoked for 18 institutes of higher education on suspicion of selling fake diplomas, The 'blacklist' includes Kristal University, which made headlines in 2012 for having issued a false diploma to Renzo Bossi, the son of Northern League leader Umberto Bossi. The government also announced that it had suspended activities and initiated legal procedures against 13 other universities, most of which private. ''The decisions were made after a verification process conducted by the education and sports ministry on the basis of legitimacy criteria for public and private universities,'' said Albania's deputy prime minister, Niko Peleshi, in a statement published on the government website.

    The closing of the 'diploma factories' aims to ''put an end to the shameful cropping up of financial pyramid schemes in the education sector and the trade in fake diplomas in Albania,'' reads the statement. The move was described as a sign of the ''firm determination'' of the Albanian government and its prime minister, Edi Rama, for the recently initiated reform of the education sector. (ANSAmed).

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