Foreign universities in China encounter unexpected problems


Dive Summary:

  • Universities from the U.S. and elsewhere have attempted to tap demand in China for new sources of revenue, but schools such as Yale University, Duke University and others have encountered unexpected problems regarding scholarly independence, expenses, political pressure and plagiarism.
  • Yale ended a Beijing-based undergraduate program with Peking University last July, thanks to costs, low enrollment and language issues.
  • Falsified credentials and research have resulted in Arizona State making extra efforts to screen Chinese candidates for its dual-degree program.

From the article:

"... In 2007 less than a year after the programme was launched, a visiting Yale faculty member, Stephen Stearns, wrote an open letter complaining about the rampant plagiarism he claimed was being committed by many of his Chinese students. 'When a student I am teaching steals words and ideas from an author without acknowledgment, I feel cheated,' said Mr Stearns. 'I ask myself, why should I teach people who knowingly deceive me?” He added that such practices appeared to be widely tolerated by Chinese academics, and suggested that the nation had lost its way. ..."

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