Peking University’s fake sea turtles – Joel Martinsen

From Danwei blog:

Early last month, Harvard math professor Qiu Chengtong accused Peking University of listing on its faculty “foreign professors” who in reality had little or nothing to do with the school. The essence of Qiu’s statement, quickly repeated through the press and across the net, was that “The majority of overseas talent brought in by PKU is fake.”

While this may bring to mind the fake lecturer embarrassment PKU suffered two years ago, Qiu’s allegation points to a more systematic fraud that cheats the government out of millions of yuan – New Centry Weekly quotes the dean of the mathematics department at an unnamed Chinese university to the effect that PKU used the presence of Princeton mathematics professor Tian Gang on its faculty to win a 130 million yuan grant to establish an international mathematics center. [Full Text]


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