Second academic sacked for fraud
Teddy Ng and Laura Zhou
A second university professor has been sacked within a week for falsifying his academic credentials amid mounting public cynicism over the higher-education system.
Beijing University of Chemical Technology said Professor Lu Jun , from the college of life sciences and technology, had admitted that he committed plagiarism and that his academic credentials were fake, Beijing Times reported yesterday.
Lu, 39, was accepted by a government-sponsored programme that sought to recruit foreign professionals. Under the programme, Lu was entitled to receive a 500,000 yuan (HK$613,100) subsidy.
The authenticity of Lu's academic qualifications was questioned by fraud investigator Fang Shimin, better known as Fang Zhouzi.
Fang found that the academic essays listed in Lu's resume had the same title as the papers written by a doctoral graduate of Yale University, whose name has an identical spelling to Lu's in English.
Lu claimed to have graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto in 1999, but Fang found that the university had a master's degree graduate in 1999 by the name of Jun Lu, whose parents hailed from Taiwan.
The Beijing University of Chemical Technology later issued a notice denouncing Lu for what he did.
Lu's sacking followed Xiamen University's dismissal last week of a medical school professor for also using fake academic credentials.
The scandal was also exposed by Fang.
The professor, Fu Jin , 45, admitted that she held a fake doctoral diploma that she claimed was from Columbia University.
Fang said that the website of Columbia's medical school showed a resume that said Fu was a pharmacology major in 1999, but another of Fu's resumes said that she earned a doctoral degree in physiology and biophysics.
Fu worked as a visiting professor at Xiamen University from 2004 and won a full-time teaching job in 2009, thanks to her fake credentials.
Fu successfully applied for six research projects as a professor, including a 600,000 yuan research fund supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
Mainland authorities in recent years have been trying to attract more talent, particularly from prestigious overseas universities.
They promise potential foreign recruits decent research conditions and sufficient government funds.
The subsidy, in yuan, Professor Lu Jun was entitled to under a government-sponsored programme to recruit foreign professionals