Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Chinese Academics - Can This Be True?

Okay, I don't know if I can swallow this. Mentioned offhandedly at the end of a CBC article, without source:
A Ministry of Science study of 180 PhD candidates in China also published last year found 60 per cent admitted to plagiarizing and the same percentage admitted to taking bribes to have their work published.

The source seems to be in Mandarin, but the study appears to be legit; it's turned up in a number of other places.

I don't think I can fully absorb the ramifications of such an ethos in a single sitting. Just wow.

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