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Cutting-edge Products and Services at The 2nd Indonesia Edutech Expo 2020

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The 2nd Indonesia Edutech Expo 2020 with the theme “Educational Technology Implementation 4.0” was officially opened on Thursday (6/2/2020). The event, which was held in conjunction with the 29th Indonesian International Education & Training Expo, was supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture, DKI Jakarta Provincial Education Office, National Information and Communication Technology Board, National ICT Employers Association (APTIKNAS), Indonesian Internet Service Providers Association (APJII), Executive Board of the Indonesian Teachers Association (PB PGRI), and the Indonesian Lecturers Association (ADI).

In this event, stakeholders in the field of education met, exchanged information, discussed, and gained new insights related to technologies that can support the improvement of the quality of education in Indonesia. The exhibition, which was attended by teachers, students, and universities, was officially opened by the Ministry of Education and Culture represented by the Head of Center for Information Technology and Communication Education, Gogot Suharwoto.

The role of technology in the world of education

In his opening speech, Mr. Gogot Suharwoto said that the government, through the Ministry of Education and Culture, encourages teachers to be proficient in utilizing technology in teaching and learning, as the implementation of technology in education has inevitably prevailed over traditional teaching methods. He added that technologically skilled teachers could inspire and make the classroom environment more fun for students.

Also present was the Chairman of the Executive Team for the National Information and Communication Technology Board, Ilham Habibie, as a keynote speaker. He firmly believed that learning methods that go hand in hand with technological developments would encourage students to learn.

“The future of learning trends will use technology as a tool to encourage students to be motivated and enthusiastic when learning,” he said.

The exhibition, which took place from 6-9 February 2020, was filled with seminars and training sessions for teachers, delivered by competent speakers in the field of educational technology.

Cutting-edge products and services

Microsoft Indonesia, represented by Benny Kusuma, was one of the speakers during the seminar themed “Indonesian Education in the era of Digital Technology.” He introduced how one of the private junior high schools in Jakarta run ‘smart classroom’ programs using Microsoft’s innovative products.

The main feature of this grand event was the exhibition of various cutting-edge products and services that could support government programs in creating excellent human resources in the 4.0 industrial era.
One of them was financial technology services that improves access to financing. The greater access to financing is expected to encourage the equal distribution of the nation’s quality of education.

Another cutting-edge service was the Learning Management System that enables educational institutions to increase student involvement and improve the learning process through communication and collaboration. This is in addition to increasing the access to additional curriculum and content.

Integrity Asia, as a company engaged in compliance, also took part in the exhibition to introduce an educational screening service, Education Verification.

Education Verification is an educational background screening platform that offers:

  • A simple interface to validate education credentials in just a few clicks.
  • A global service that includes more than 16,000 universities in 199 countries.
  • Income opportunities for university partners, schools, certification bodies, and training institutions as verifiers.

Our screening platform allows companies and educational or training institutions to collaborate in protecting each other’s reputation from the adverse effects of fake diplomas. Defend the reputation of your company and institution now. For more information about Education Verification, contact us today.




Bad Education, The Ugly Truth of Fraud Scandal in an Educational Institution

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Fraud can occur in any organization, including educational institutions. If you want to find out how bad a fraud scandal might be in an educational institution, then Bad Education can provide the picture nearest to the reality. Bad Education is a film based on a true story of one of the largest theft scandals in American history.

The film, which was first aired by HBO on April 26, stars the actor Hugh Jackman as Frank Tassone, as a superintendent of Roslyn High School in Long Island, New York. Tassone is described as an educator who is dedicated, a role model, and empathizes with students. He even memorized the names of the students one by one. However, who would have thought that behind his good appearance as a flawless, law-abiding citizen, Tassone has embezzled a huge amount of taxpayer money.

Three elements of fraud

Colluding with his right-hand assistant, Pam Gluckin, played by Allison Janney, Tassone diverted taxpayers to finance his luxurious life for years. Errors in the school’s system gives him an opportunity, a runway, to create the kind of life he always dreamt about.

Embezzlement is a criminal act for whatever reason. However, for a fraudster, the criminal act is something that can be justified by his criminal ratio. Tassone feels that the millions of dollars he took from the school were worth all the efforts he has made to raise the school’s rankings and bring students into top universities.

The film, directed by Cory Finley, successfully serves a picture of how the concept of the ‘fraud triangle’ – motivation, opportunity and rationalization, was present in the scandal that rattled the school education system in the United States back in the early 2000s.

The lessons to be learned

There is no criminal act that is victimless. More than 11 million US dollars of taxpayer money that were supposed to be for students, eventually went into personal pockets. Not only were the students harmed, but the reputation of the institution was also affected.

The collusion between a leader and his right hand, Tassone and Gluckin, has shown poor integrity at the top of the institution. The poor integrity in the school’s system is also shown by the lack of internal control, such as the absence of duty segregation in financial work. Gluckin as Tassone’s right hand is the individual who is in charge of purchasing as well as the person responsible for recording transactions. Therefore, she could easily manipulate transaction records.

Additionally, their criminal actions were not detected for years due to the absence of a fraud detection tool, such as a whistleblowing system. Tassone intimidated the whistleblowers, an accountant and a student, not to reveal or report their findings.

Bad Education opened the eyes of the public of the irony of how educational institutions, which are highly expected to uphold ethics, could not escape from poor integrity. The film teaches educational institutions that implementing risk mitigation efforts in the system while promoting integrity, starting from the very top ranks, is critical.





Written by Putri Pertiwi

Early Fraud Detection in Higher Education Institutions

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Higher education institutions are often seen as hubs of advanced ethical thinking, so the idea that universities can also commit fraud is hard to believe by our community. In fact, fraud can occur within the scope of educational institutions and even research institutions.

Fraud in higher education institutions

According to a study released by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, among the common frauds that occur in higher education institutions, corruption is the most common, as it accounts for 38%. Corruption schemes in universities are mainly related to the abuse of power in business transactions, bribery, or conflicts of interest.

In addition, fraud invoices at universities are also quite common, where the institution would make payments by sending invoices for fictitious goods or services or by inflating the invoices.

In the USA, as reported by The Daily Signal, more than 50 people were involved in bribery cases to change test scores to get into colleges. In Indonesia, cases of inflating scores and even the falsification of diplomas often occur in several private universities.

The examples mentioned above are only a handful of fraud cases in educational institutions that have been revealed. Like a tip of the  iceberg, there are still many other fraud cases that work under the radar. The difficulty of revealing fraud cases at universities is because of the decentralization function within the university structure. Moreover, the fact that universities’ main priorities being academics also makes it more difficult to detect fraud cases, because they are not an institutional priority.

Early fraud detection 

Besides causing financial losses, occupational fraud in higher institutions can also harm morale and reputation. Fraud can impact the students. When the university commits fraud then the student considers it normal, it will cause a decrease in the quality of education and affect the credibility and reputation of the university.

Therefore, universities need to develop and sincerely implement ethical standards or codes of ethics to prevent fraud from occurring, one of which is by implementing a whistleblowing system. The whistleblowing system allows universities to detect fraud as early as possible, so that potential losses can be reduced.

Integrity Indonesia, with more than fifteen years of experience in the field of compliance have been trusted by clients to be a provider of the whistleblowing system, Canary Whistleblowing System. Canary WBS enables the safe, secure, and anonymous reporting of activities such as misconduct, fraud, abuse, and other violations of the company’s policies. Canary also features case management tools which provides you with notifications, analysis and reporting management features.  For more information about the Canary WBS, don’t hesitate to contact us.




Writer: Aqilla Nasyia

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6 Facts Often Found Behind Fake Academic Certificates

6 Facts Often Found Behind Fake Academic Certificates

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Educational background, professional certificate, and identity card checks are the most basic checks that should be performed before a company makes a decision to employ selected candidates. Based on our experience in providing employment background screening services since 2008, we find that fake academic certificates are rampant.

Bachelor’s diplomas are the most frequently forged, followed by high-school diplomas. The third most common case of forgery occurs in postgraduate diplomas. The falsification is done not only at the staff level but also managerial level.

In some cases, local universities claim to be affiliated with overseas universities, especially with the ones in the USA and the UK. After further verification, it is commonly found that there is no affiliation between them. For this kind of case, the candidates can be categorized as victims because they might not know the modus operandi run by the universities.

Six facts we often find behind fake academic certificate cases are:

  • Candidates have never taken education program at the claimed school/university.
  • Candidates have actually been dropped out, and the student number (NIM) listed on the diploma is on behalf of other students.
  • Candidates are still active students, and the student number listed on the certificate is on behalf of another person who has graduated or is falsified.
  • GPA forgery
  • Transcript forgery
  • Degree forgery, e.g. A candidate with an associate degree claiming to have a bachelor’s degree.

Hiring candidates with fake academic certificate can be very costly for companies. Therefore, to avoid the matter, background checks should be performed before companies make decision in hiring selected candidates. However, many companies, which opt to conduct background checks on their own often find it time and energy consuming while the result can be biased due to resources shortage. At this point, to get background checks done properly and obtain objective results, a company needs to delegate the task to an experienced and trustworthy third party.

Integrity Indonesia has been trusted by its clients as a mitigation solution provider, and employment background screening is one of our services. To verify the candidate’s claims, our team of screeners assess the validity of information provided in the curriculum vitae and other supporting documents by conducting a background check. Attempts to provide false information, such as forged diplomas or false employment records are foiled. Should your companies need more detailed information about how employment background screenings work for your companies, do not hesitate to contact us.




Rector Charged Over Faking Academic Certificate

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Fake academic certificate is nothing new in Indonesia. Just recently, the public was shaken by a case involving Nurul Qomar, a public figure who served as a member of the House of Representatives. Nurul Qomar was reported by the owner of Mahudi Setiabudhi Foundation over an alleged forgery of his master and doctoral diplomas to serve as a rector at its university known as Mahudi Setiabudhi University (UMUS).

Quoted from Tribunnews (26/06), this case began in 2017. During the time, Qomar served as UMUS Rector and was asked to submit undergraduate and doctorate diplomas, but he could only show a graduation letter (Surat Keterangan Lulus/SKL). It took two years for this case to reach at its current state since Qomar did not cooperate well with the authority.

UMUS contacted a university in Jakarta listed as the issuer of SKL. However, the university denied issuing the SKL. The university also stated that the suspect did not yet graduate when the SKL was issued. This case raised the question of why the forgery was only discovered after the suspect became a rector.

In many cases of document falsification, victim organizations usually do not conduct verification on a candidate’s educational background. The purpose of verification is to ensure that the document is original and the candidate graduated from a legitimate university. In this case, according to the suspect’s testimony, he was chosen to be a rector without fit and proper test and senate hearing.

Quoted from Tribunnews (02/06), the suspect assumed that his figure as a former member of the house of representatives were the reasons why the university chose and hired him without following proper procedures. This forgery case eventually harmed the university’s reputation and raised questions about the validity of their graduates’ diplomas. To date, the legal process of this case is still ongoing.

The important lesson learned from the case is hiring candidates with fake academic certificates can be very costly for organizations. Therefore, to avoid the matter, background checks should be performed before organizations make decision in hiring selected candidates. However, many organizations, which opt to conduct background checks on their own often find it time and energy consuming while the result can be biased due to resources shortage. At this point, to get background checks done properly and obtain objective results, a company needs to delegate the task to an experienced and trustworthy third party.

Integrity has been trusted by its clients as a mitigation solution provider. Should your companies need more detailed information about how background checks work for your companies, do not hesitate to contact us.




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Written by Putri Pertiwi


Tackling False Academic Credentials: Why and How Companies and Educational Institutions Should Collaborate

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There are many forms of fraud in educational institutions, ranging from contract cheating, bribery, plagiarism, and falsifying credentials. Fake academic degrees are only a small part of the rampant spread of false academic credentials in Indonesia. The last case that was raised by the media was a forged post-graduate diploma and a doctorate of a rector, as among multiple fake diplomas forged by politicians.

How false academic credentials ruin companies’ and educational institutions’ reputations

Certain certificates of expertise and training may also be falsified. Individuals who have original diplomas could also fake their transcripts. Such falsification of credential documents has the potential to bring risks not only to the organizations or companies that employ these individuals, but also to educational institutions.

For example, the unsatisfactory performance from individuals who falsify transcripts could bring loss to the company. Not only does it implicate the company, but also the educational institutions’ reputation that issued the academic certificate.

Another example would be if a dishonest employee that used a fake diploma and profiteers the name of a particular university commits a violation in the workplace. It is likely that the profiteered University’s reputation is also at risk.

How companies and educational institutions can collaborate

In today’s digital age where technology is developing rapidly, it is very easy for an individual to falsify credential documents. Therefore, it is important for every stakeholder in the field of education, in this case companies and educational institutions, to collaborate to protect each other’s reputation from the adverse effect of fake academic credentials. Companies and educational institutions can collaborate through Education Verification.

Education Verification is our educational background screening platform that offers:

  • A simple interface to validate education credentials in just a few clicks.
  • A global service that includes more than 16,000 universities in 199 countries.
  • Income opportunity for university partners, schools and certification and training institutions as verifiers.

For more information about Education Verification contact us today.




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