The University of Cape Coast is to introduce enhanced security features on its certificates to prevent falsification. This follows recent media reports that fake UCC certificates are being sold in the open market by fraudsters.
Speaking at a presentation by two officials from Advanced Security Technologies, United Kingdom, the Vice -Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole indicated that the time had come for the university to arrive at a point where it would almost become impossible for its certificates to be compromised.
He pointed out that Kevin Bassett and Georgina Lee were invited to come and demonstrate how best the university’s certificates could be secured.
The security experts gave assurance that their product would ensure that multiple security features were introduced onto the paper used in producing the certificates to prevent any falsification.
According to them it would be useful for all universities in Ghana to procure standardized paper for their certificates from one source to make it extremely difficult for alterations.
They called for the creation of pragmatic and high level security in order to be ahead of fraudsters who breach the system.
The team indicated that they were in the country to create a world leading certification system for Ghanaian universities.
They also presented sample of certificates produced by the organisation and outlined some of the visible and invisible features that could not be easily altered.
These features include access to controlled-supply paper in a range of grades; watermarked with a private design for added security; laser-guaranteed hologram creating a strong visual deterrent.
Others are hologram with personalized corporate logo and company name; complex security UV to forensically detect laser document alteration and reactive blue spot.
The Registrar, Mr. John K. Nyan thanked the team for the presentation and hoped for the time when the system of certification by the university would be tamper proof.
Present at meeting were senior members from the Institute of Education, Centre for Continuing Education and the Division of Academic Affairs