Univer­sity probes scholar who pulls out 100 pa­pers

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Ji Yuqiao

A Chi­nese univer­sity said on Thurs­day that it has be­gun an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into fraud al­le­ga­tions against one of its pro­fes­sors, who has al­legedly pulled out over 100 pa­pers from on­line data­bases as the scan­dal lit up the in­ter­net.

Liang Ying, a 39-year-old pro­fes­sor at Nan­jing Univer­sity’s School of So­cial and Be­hav­ioral Sciences, with­drew over 100 of her on­line pa­pers and ad­mit­ted to aca­demic mis­con­duct, China Youth Daily re­ported on Wed­nes­day.

The re­port said she pla­gia­rized at least 15 of her pa­pers. One of her pa­pers pub­lished in 2002 was a shorter ver­sion of an­other pa­per pub­lished in 2001 by a Xi­a­men Univer­sity pro­fes­sor.

Liang later ex­plained to China Youth Daily that these pa­pers were pub­lished be­fore 2005, a time when she claims she did not un­der­stand aca­demic cri­te­rion.

Nan­jing Univer­sity has al­ready put to­gether a group to look into the case, an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice em­ployee told Global Times on Thurs­day on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

“Our univer­sity has al­ways adopted a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy on aca­demic fraud,” she said.

She also noted that the univer­sity will take ac­tion in ac­cor­dance with the reg­u­la­tions of both the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Nan­jing Univer­sity.

Liang was se­lected to a youth pro­gram un­der the Changjiang Scholar Pro­gram in 2015, set up by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to at­tract out­stand­ing schol­ars in China.

Aca­demic fraud cases are preva­lent in this field be­cause the cur­rent eval­u­a­tion mech­a­nism only places im­por­tance on the num­ber of pa­pers, Zhu Li­jia, a pro­fes­sor of pub­lic man­age­ment at the Chi­nese Academy of Gov­er­nance in Bei­jing, told the Global Times on Thurs­day.

Zhu noted that the Chi­nese academe needs to step for­ward on trans­parency, de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion and stan­dard­iza­tion.

An over­sea aca­demic web­site re­moved 11 pa­pers of a stu­dent at Ts­inghua Univer­sity’s Shen­zhen grad­u­ate school be­cause of aca­demic mis­con­duct, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported on Mon­day.

It re­ported that the univer­sity lat­ter stripped the stu­dent of his doc­tor­ate, stress­ing that the univer­sity never tol­er­ates aca­demic fraud.

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