Corruption in Higher Education

  • Elena Denisova-Schmidt
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Academic dishonesty; Academic misconduct; Bribery; Cheating; Ethical challenges; Fraud; Lack of academic integrity

In addition to the very common definition from Transparency International, a nongovernmental organization working on corruption worldwide, “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain,” corruption in higher education can also be defined as “the lack of academic integrity.” This definition applies for both types of higher education institutions – public and private – because they both offer education, which is a public good. Corruption might be both perceived and not; the differentiation in higher education is, however, less important: “when the institution is perceived to be corrupt the damage is already done, regardless of whether guilt is manifest” (Heyneman 2013, p. 103). Corruption in higher education might happen with or without student involvement, though both types can influence young people either directly or indirectly (Denisova-Schmidt et al. 2016a).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of St.Gallen (HSG)St.GallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.The Center for International Higher Education (CIHE)Boston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hans De Wit
    • 1
  • Laura Rumbley
    • 2
  • Fiona Hunter
    • 3
  • Lisa Unangst
    • 4
  • Edward Choi
    • 5
  1. 1.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeBostonUSA
  2. 2.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  3. 3.Centre for Higher Education InternationalisationUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanoItaly
  4. 4.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillU.S.A.
  5. 5.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillU.S.A.