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The University of Juba isn’t offering free online courses and certifications

The University of Juba, through its official Facebook page, has said the advertisements are fake and urged the public to disregard them.

Recent Facebook advertisement posts that have been circulating claiming to offer free online courses with certification and laptops provided targeting individuals in South Sudan at the University of Juba are, however, false and misleading.


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“Latest policies: Enjoy benefits, explore professional online courses, and earn recognised certificates,” reads part of the Facebook advertisement.

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The posts promise a free college degree and a 1-month online course at the University of Juba, a renowned educational institution in South Sudan.

Upon clicking the link in the Facebook ad, users are redirected to a website that shows relevant searches.

The screenshots of the Facebook ads post
The screenshots of the Facebook ads post

Claim Verification:

211 Check conducted a keyword search based on the claims made in the advertisement posts. Still, the results did not show any credible sources regarding a subsidy or program offering free online courses and certification at the University of Juba.

We contacted the University of Juba’s official Facebook page, but they dismissed the claims made in the Facebook ad post as bogus and fraudulent.

“Please be aware of the bogus links that appear to impersonate the University of Juba. We do not offer any online certifications or train for online college degrees. Do not open those links; else, you will be misled,” reads the post on the University of Juba’s Official Facebook page.

The screenshot of the University of Juba Facebook post disregarding the claim
The screenshot of the University of Juba Facebook post disregarding the claim

Google Chrome browser flagged the website promoted in the ad post as unsecured, which cast further doubt on the resources behind the offer and the ad’s intention.

A WHOIS domain search revealed that the website was registered only on 23rd January 2024 and did not demonstrate affiliation with the University of Juba or its official education offerings.

The screenshot of the University of Juba Facebook post disregarding the claim
The screenshot of the University of Juba Facebook post disregarding the claim

Conclusion:

211 Check finds the claim made in numerous Facebook advertisements posted about free online courses with certificates and free laptops in South Sudan false. The University of Juba explicitly stated that they do not offer any online certifications or training for online college degrees, contradicting the claim made in the advertisements.

Credit: 211 Check

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