Punishments handed out in academic fraud case

Radio Taiwan International

The technology and education ministries have completed an investigation into an

The technology and education ministries have separately announced punishments against professors and researchers involved in an academic fraud case involving some of Taiwan’s top universities and institutions. (CNA)

academic scandal involving falsified research results.

The scandal broke in November. Users of online academic forum PubPeer flagged a number of articles by the research team of National Taiwan University (NTU) professor Kuo Min-liang. Kuo and another professor at NTU have since been dismissed.

The university’s president, Yang Pan-chyr, has also been caught up in the scandal, as he is listed as a co-author on some of the flagged papers. Yang has resisted calls to resign but says he will step aside after his term as president ends in June.

The technology ministry announced Thursday that eleven of 18 suspect papers violated codes of academic ethics and announced punishments for eight professors and researchers. Kuo was given a ten-year suspension. The ministry also says it will seek the return of several million Taiwan dollars in funding given to Kuo and the other professors.    [FULL  STORY]

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