Serbian university dean resigns over fake PhD claim

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BELGRADE – dean of Serbia’s largest private university, Megatrend, agreed to resign on Friday after it was found out that doctoral thesis he claimed to have written did exist.

Mica Jovanovic confirmed to Serbian media that he would step down, but insisted that he did lie and that he would travel to London to retrieve thesis.

According to him, thesis in which he claims has merely been lost.

A day earlier, Serbia’s Education Srdjan Verbic said that authorities might criminal proceedings against Jovanovic.

incident is the latest in a series of scandals involving disputed degrees claimed by leading politicians and businessmen in Serbia.

The selling diplomas to plagiarism allegations against Interior Nebojsa Stefanovic this month resulted in a trial leading to a verdict. (dpa/NAN)