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University fires fibbing professor

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, 12:00am


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One of the mainland's most prestigious universities has sacked the assistant to the dean of its medical school amid allegations he lied about his qualifications.

The China Times reported that Liu Hui , 47, a medical professor at Tsinghua University since June 2004, had said on his resume that he had worked as a surgeon at New York University School of Medicine's medical centre between 1994 and 1998 before becoming an associate professor at the university for the next five years.

He backed up his qualifications by citing his authorship of more than a dozen academic papers, references that have been a source of regular debate in internet chat rooms since the end of last year.

The discussions were noticed by prominent academic critic Fang Zhouzi, a California-based biomedical researcher who has collected evidence of academic plagiarism and published criticism of the practice on a website.

Dr Fang said he examined Professor Liu's resume and checked its cited sources only to find the papers Professor Liu presented in his resume as his own were written by an academic called Liu Hong. Dr Fang's findings came to the attention of Tsinghua's administration, which decided to fire the professor.