[photopress:Shanghai_Jiao_Tong_uni.JPG,full,alignright]Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of the top universities in Shanghai, has warned that schools in neighboring Jiangsu Province and in Hunan and Sichuan provinces are recruiting students in the name of Jiao Tong’s admission office.
Recruiters claimed students, regardless of their college entrance exam scores, could be enrolled and get a Jiao Tong degree after paying an application fee of RMB1,500 ($197). They were told that those who failed the college entrance exam would be entered into a joint program run by Jiao Tong and a foreign university, which charges a tuition of RMB25,000 to 30,000 a year.
Ma Lei, Jiao Tong’s registrar said that students were told they would study for one year at Jiao Tong and another three years in the US or Britain before being awarded a dual degree.
The university said in an online statement: ‘Shanghai Jiao Tong here clarifies that all these recruiting institutes have nothing to do with Jiao Tong. Their behavior has fouled the university’s reputation and students should never believe that blindly.’
Nevertheless, some institutes still misrepresenting themselves as second-tier Jiao Tong colleges and using part-time agents to enroll students.
On the bulletin board of edu.qq.com, the ‘Nanyang Science and Technology College at Jiao Tong’ claimed it had set up seven college degree equivalence programs with an annual tuition fee of RMB6,500.
The notice said high school or polytechnic graduates will take classes at Nanhui University Town from this September and get a ‘recognized’ degree and qualifications after passing graduation exams.
Jiao Tong officials warned parents and students of the scams and said they may take legal action.