Universities in Fee-for-Ranking Scandal

Wen Ya reports on a university ranking scandal for the Global Times:

The Ministry of Education strongly opposes all university rankings, most especially those rankings based on payment of certain “fees”, ministry spokeswoman Xu Mei said Tuesday.

The sharp comments came in response to a recent story that Chengdu University of Technology(CDUT) had possibly paid to climb the “China university rankings” table compiled by the self-titled “China University Evaluation Program of Chinese Academy of Management Science” at http://edu.sina.com.cn/focus/utop.html.

The university had invited “program director” Wu Shulian to lecture in 2004 and in 2006, a source at the university told the Beijing-based People’s Daily.

After Wu had received his 50,000 yuan “remittance”, the school’s ranking rose from 116 in 2004 to 92 in 2007. It fell to 103 in 2009, People’s Daily reported Tuesday.

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