China’s learning: a potent anniversary

Today, Chinese universities have been fully brought into the administrative system and can be seen as government institutions. The position of principal at a top university carries with it the rank of “vice-minister” and the heads of less prestigious universities are at the level of “bureau head”. Academic ethics have been corrupted, and plagiarism is rife. In April 2007, North Carolina’s Duke University announced the results of an investigation into thirty-eight freshman MBA students accused of plagiarism. Nine of the students were expelled, fifteen were made to repeat the year, ten were given a zero grade, and four were found innocent. This was apparently Duke University’s biggest scandal for thirty years, and moreover the only incident of its kind at a north American business school in ten years. Regrettably, all of the students involved came from China. This incident almost entirely sums up the condition of Chinese higher education.


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