Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ph.D. for sale

German prosecutors are investigating about 100 professors across the country on suspicion they took bribes to help students get their doctoral degrees, authorities said Saturday.

According to the two publications, students paid between euro4,000 to euro20,000 ($5,700 to $28,500) to the company [Institute for Scientific Consulting], which promised to help them get their doctorate degrees through its extensive contacts within university faculties.

The Neue Westfaelische newspaper reported that "hundreds" of students were involved, and that the company paid professors between euro2,000 to euro5,000 when their clients had successfully received their Ph.D.'s. It was not clear whether the students knew that bribes were being paid.
--David Rising, Associated Press, on lucrative fees I'm foregoing

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