Committee found high degree of similarities between Lee's thesis, other works: NSYSU
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Allegations of plagiarism dogged Lee all through the campaign, which ended with her losing the Aug. 15 by-election with 25.9 percent of the vote to former Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who received 70 percent.
A university committee which investigated the allegations found a large degree of similarity between her 2008 thesis about trade relations between Taiwan and China and texts from another master’s paper and from a speech by a prominent academic, CNA reported.
As a result, the Kaohsiung university announced the findings were sufficient ground for taking away Lee’s master’s degree. The politician said she accepted the college’s decision, adding she had not attended a defense of her case as it came during the campaign and after she had already announced she was abandoning her degree. [FULL STORY]