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Plagiarism epidemic shuts down U.S. program in China

There are 29 comments on the USA Today story from Jul 27, 2010, titled Plagiarism epidemic shuts down U.S. program in China. In it, USA Today reports that:

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old china

Chengdu, China

#31 Jul 29, 2010
uncle fargo wrote:
<quoted text>Hay you sad small minded,frightened, hypocritical, lying sack of shit! Where is you answer to my post?(Pigs arse I expected and answer!) But perhaps it has its head up its arse again and didn't see its post was being answered.
The NED training manual don't cover it! Either that or they've run out of peanuts again.
scout

San Francisco, CA

#33 Jul 29, 2010
ngali wrote:
Academic corruption undermining higher education: Yau Shing-tung
By Guo Jiaxue (HK Edition)
Updated: 2010-06-02 07:38 Comments(0) PrintMail Large Medium Small
In China, the number of published papers in scientific journals are a critical criterion determining a researcher's professional standing and suitability for promotion. Edmond Tang / China Daily
Even at China's best universities plagiarism and falsified data are preventing the country from developing advanced science, says a world-renowned mathematics professor. Guo Jiaxue reports.
"(Academic corruption) is serious enough to keep the development of China's advanced science from success. If it weren't, I would not have taken the trouble to speak out. There is no scholar denying it in China; they are just not willing to talk about it in public," laments one of most distinguished mathematicians.
Yau Shing-tung's expression was grave. Every word spoken by the famed mathematician was as clear and definite as his reputation and achievements.
Yau, Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University, proved the Calabi conjecture at age of 27, won the Fields Medal at 34, and had just been awarded the 2010 Wolf Prize in Mathematics, making him the first Chinese mathematician to be so honored with the two most prestigious awards in mathematics. Another famed mathematician Simon Donaldson praised Yau as the most influential mathematician of the last quarter-century.
Despite his tremendous academic achievements, Yau is known for his sharp criticism of China's academic world. This was not the first time he has lashed out in public against China's academic corruption.
"It is a phenomenon unique to China. The problem is, those who are found to plagiarize and cheat don't get punished. How can others be persuaded not to?" Yau said, straight to the point.
The word "academic corruption" is a specific term in China. Usually "corruption" refers to wrongdoing by public officials. In the international sphere, the term "academic misconduct" or "academic dishonesty" is more common.
It's not just plagiarism, Yau said. There is data fabrication and other types of cheating in relation to academic exercises. Academic corruption also refers to using one's influence to be given awards, degrees, scholarly credit, covering for counterfeiters and so on.
In the absence of consequences, more researchers are encouraged to plagiarize and commit fraud. Copying the work of others is much easier than doing original research, Yau added.
interesting, but academic corruption is worse here, or just as bad. No such thing as objective academia or objective 'science.'

“Ngali”

Since: Jun 08

Perth

#34 Jul 29, 2010
scout wrote:
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interesting, but academic corruption is worse here, or just as bad. No such thing as objective academia or objective 'science.'
I don't know about that.

Get caught plagiarising in American universities and you can expect to be failed for that unit - and potentially kicked out of the university.

Apparently plagiarising goes unpunished in China.

"It is a phenomenon unique to China. The problem is, those who are found to plagiarize and cheat don't get punished. How can others be persuaded not to?" Yau said, straight to the point.
WJB

New York, NY

#35 Jul 29, 2010
20-18

Better prepare!
Monk

Andover, MN

#37 Jul 30, 2010
scout wrote:
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interesting, but academic corruption is worse here, or just as bad. No such thing as objective academia or objective 'science.'
Really? You have links or documentation to prove that?
No, just more plagiarism. LOL
WJB

New York, NY

#38 Jul 30, 2010
Liars! HAH
El Zorro

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

#40 Dec 8, 2010
Just adding a piece of information form my own experience, researcher from Southern Brazil.
Situation in the Brazilian universities is as bad and even worse. Plagiarism is the rule for many research groups, and data fabrication a routine for a few of the most reckless.

Nobody really gets punished, one eventually might get expelled, yet usually for having threatened bigger shots or the institution image. Whistle-blowers always get the worst penalties. Life threats are recurrent.

If you are a reviewer, always give Brazilian papers a second look. There are, nonethless, worthy exceptions...
The Truth

Tempe, AZ

#41 Jul 26, 2011
We have the same problem with international students here in America. So far, score 21 for cheaters and plagiarists - see Arizona State University, see Ohio University, read about what happened recently at Duke.
Uh HUH

New York, NY

#42 Jul 26, 2011
Still playing your fiddles? While America (and the whole West) is dying.

How sad.

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