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Saudi Arabia to verify over 100,000 university degrees

The Saudi higher education ministry has hired an international firm to verify 100,000 scientific degrees in engineering, accountancy, economics, medicine and other specialisations, Saudi Gazette has reported, citing unnamed sources. The move comes after 9 government agencies and 30 private firms had suffered great financial and professional losses after employing 8,072 employees last year who were believed to hold fake certificates, the report said. The verification procedure covers the marked examination sheet, name of the university, and other measures to determine the authenticity of a certificate.