Newcastle University expelled fifty Chinese students (49 from mainland China, one from Taiwan) for using the forged documents when applying for the position in the universities, most of whom had enrolled in the business school of the University.

BBC reports:

The forgeries, mainly certificates for English language qualifications or degrees awarded by other universities, were of such high quality that they had not been detected by the usual checks.

They have all been handed to the police and the Home Office has also been informed.

Newcastle University said many of the students appeared to be victims of bogus agents based either in China or the UK and who were paid to submit applications, including supporting documents, on their behalf.

However, it was necessary to exclude them to protect the interests of hundreds of properly qualified students, and the reputation of the university.

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