University head says China’s academic ethics at rock bottom

From The People’s Daily:

Presidents of leading Chinese universities on Friday blasted the country’s rampant academic misconduct, blaming a ridiculous research assessment system and declining ethical standards.

“Overall academic ethics have hit rock bottom,” Zhu Qingshi, president of Chinese Science and Technology University, told Chinese and foreign university heads in Shanghai for the week-long University Presidents Forum.

He said most Chinese postgraduates were so desperate to fill the quota of published theses that they often missed opportunities to conduct research.

Many Chinese universities require their postgraduates to publish a requisite number of research papers in academic journals to qualify for a masters or a doctoral degree. [Full Text]

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