How to avoid corruption at the university?

Corruption is one of the biggest issues in universities around the globe. Governments and authorities have tried to put an end to this and they have failed. The explanation why is very simple. They are on the receiving end and as such, they won’t invest their time and effort to end something that has a positive effect on their pockets. Luckily, there are a lot of things a university can do in order to end or at least significantly decrease corruption.

Start and promote anti-corruption initiatives

The first and the most important step to end this issue in higher education is to start implementing initiatives that will help the students, teachers, and universities in general to solve the issue. This may sound like a simple and for some even irrelevant step, but it is known that it has significant benefits. Fighting corruption is something that a college alongside personnel must promote first. Corruption is severe, dangerous, and makes education unfair!

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When these initiatives are used, students get a better idea about the problem. They start to understand the consequences it brings and also why it is important to solve it once it for all. Many of them will invest time and effort to stop it and to promote corruption-free college. In this case scenario, we can see additional steps that need to be done. For instance, a college should hire teachers according to their education and skills. School funds should be used properly and with a lot of care. Colleges should limit ”safe” donations. In general, they need to promote fair education, period. ”Colleges are mandatory to offer equal education to all students, regardless of their culture, place in society, or anything else. As such, they must try to fight against corruption starting now.” says Johnathan Mathews, a head of finance department at who has been working in the education sector for over 10 years. 

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Using Business Case against Corruption

Here we have an additional method that is also very successful, despite the fact it is designed for businesses. It is known as Business Case against Corruption and it teaches business owners (universities in this case) how to find corruption and how to prevent it. There are multiple guidelines that are very complex, but also very successful. We won’t get into detail due to just mentioned complexity, but we can add that this method is appealing. It does offer the right information you need to know.

Although corruption is most common in higher education, it is present in other forms and businesses. Business corruption is growing as we speak. Although colleges are not considered as profit-driven institutions, they do have a large impact on the economy and they do use massive amounts of money. Where there is money, there is corruption.

Special training

This is a more advanced method or step and the one that does require additional time and effort. What it means is that a university will teach students how to expose and discover corruption and more importantly how to escape from it. There are countless examples and even more success stories when these training sessions were used. Sadly, this method is rarely used these days and it is considered as too invasive, too complicated, and time-consuming. In reality, it is one of the best things a university can do.

Yes, you probably know already that corruption comes in many forms. Being able to see these forms and to isolate them is crucial if you want to put an end to it. Students need additional education that will prepare them for this issue. Fortunately, these training are relatively simple, fun and they come with an additional benefit. They can be useful though life and they can help you at any given moment.

Implementing ethic courses

Here we have an interesting and an appealing method. What this means is that colleges need to add ethic courses to their education. It is a well-known fact that students who cheat will cheat during their career as well. It is also known that ethics when present can eliminate the need to cheat and also promote fair education, the one that we all seek! These courses, additions, or whenever you want to call them are already used in some colleges and they have an extremely positive effect. They should be used more!

There are additional benefits here. For instance, these schools are easier to manage. Students with ethics behave better, work harder and are more helpful to other students. These colleges are also more appealing to new students and they are more successful in what they do.

Of course, ethics need to be incorporated among students and teachers equally. It won’t completely solve the problem but it will significantly decrease it within a short period of time. At the moment, it is one of the most productive methods and the one that has a huge impact on fair and corruption-free education.

Students with this ”perk” are more successful in their careers and they lead a better life. They are the people who you want to work with and the ones that can help you without anything in return.

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Defeating corruption may sound like an impossible mission. After all, it is extremely common, there are various types and there are even more related problems. But, corruption is something that every single student can work on and can do a lot of things to prevent it. Only together can you make a difference and finally solve this problem once it is for all. Yes, it will be hard, but it is possible and mandatory to do.

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