Kaohsiung mayoral candidate under scrutiny amid plagiarism allegations

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/22/2020
By: Chen Chi-chung,
Cheng Chao-fu and Lee Hsin-Yin

Li Mei-jhen, the opposition Kuomintang’s Kaohsiung mayoral candidate in the Aug. 15 by-election.

Taipei, July 22 (CNA) The graduate thesis of Li Mei-jhen (李眉蓁), the opposition Kuomintang's (KMT's) candidate in the upcoming mayoral by-election in Kaohsiung, is being examined, amid allegations that she plagiarized most of the content, her alma mater National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) said Wednesday.

The investigation is being conducted by an impartial entity, the university said, citing the Degree Conferral Act.

If it found that Li violated academic ethics, as alleged, her master's degree from NSYSU Institute of Mainland China Studies will be revoked, the school said.

According to a report in Mirror Media magazine, approximately 96 percent of Li's thesis on trade relations between Taiwan and China was copied from the work of another student and that of Tung Chen-yuan (童振源), head of the Overseas Community Affairs Council.   [FULL  STORY]

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