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Uni strips official of PhD for plagiarism

A TOP university official has had his PhD qualification and postgraduate tutorship revoked after an investigation confirmed he plagiarized his doctoral thesis.

The penalty was handed to Vice President Huang Qing of Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, the school's faculty were told at a university briefing, yesterday's Chengdu Business Daily reported.

Citing teachers attending the briefing, the report said the university launched a two-round investigation after receiving plagiarism reports in December 2007.

On July 10, the investigating panel determined that Huang had committed plagiarism in Chapter 4 of his doctoral thesis, the report said.

Huang declined to comment to the newspaper, but teachers said he had challenged the investigation's results at the briefing.

He justified the challenged content by saying the chapter included quotes from textbooks, which he believed "are all fine" in a thesis.

Huang is still working at the university while the school considers administrative punishment, the report said.

Some colleagues described him as competent while others said his actions marred the university's reputation.


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