Sunday Times

Wheels come off for trucker who became a ‘professor’

Taiwanese university uncovers truth behind South African’s ‘credential­s’

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The website provides a link to a site for “GCB Publicatio­ns” where “Grant C Buchan PhD” is described as editor-in-chief.

Buchan has come a long way since the early ’90s when, as a heavy-duty truck driver, he shunted cargo along South Africa’s national roads.

Shortly before Christmas 1993, he crashed, suffering cracked ribs, torn knee cartilage and 25% loss of vision in each eye.

He said that it was while he was recovering from his injuries that he studied towards his degree.

“While I was so ill after the truck accident I studied online, I never lived in the UK.

“Canterbury has got an online education system, so you do your whole degree online and you are passed on your theses.”

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 ??  ?? PROFESSING: Grant Buchan, top left, in an undated picture taken while he was a professor at Hungkuang University in Taiwan FLY-BY-NIGHT: Buchan’s degree, above, from ‘Canterbury University’ — a ‘degree mill’ that churns out anything from bachelor...
PROFESSING: Grant Buchan, top left, in an undated picture taken while he was a professor at Hungkuang University in Taiwan FLY-BY-NIGHT: Buchan’s degree, above, from ‘Canterbury University’ — a ‘degree mill’ that churns out anything from bachelor...

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