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Uni denies thesis charge

A PRESTIGIOUS local university yesterday denied an accusation by one of its graduates that it sells theses for profits.

Fudan University issued a statement on its website, saying that it has joined a national database to offer graduate papers for public knowledge but has never profited from it.

"The statement surprised me," said Yoko Marikawa, an EMBA student who graduated from the university early this year and set up a local firm caring for seniors.

"I feel very angry that the university wants to escape its responsibilities," she added.

The EMBA student from Fudan's School of Management said she signed a 10-year credential protocol with the school at the end of last year. Under the protocol, the school can't publish the thesis or make copies for 10 years.

But she was surprised to find the thesis was on the database in July. The website publishes papers by Masters and PhD students from hundreds of universities.

Marikawa said she was told that her credential protocol was signed with the school's library, not the Graduate School, which provided her paper to the database. The school helped get the thesis removed from the website.

However, after media reports, Fudan issued a public statement telling a different story.

The university said Marikawa had applied to list her graduation thesis as a confidential file, but failed to get approval.

School officials claimed they removed the thesis out of respect for the writer.


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