Xinhua News Agency

Paper chase is devaluing degrees

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 June, 2015, 4:12pm

Mainland universities are indulging in 'thesis worship' and putting the value of postgraduate degrees at risk, university heads told a Shanghai forum.

'Not a single university is free from falsification in the evaluation [of students],' Xinhua quoted Central China University of Science and Technology president Li Peigen as saying on Friday.

Many Chinese universities specify the number of academic papers a postgraduate student must publish to earn a higher degree. Chinese Science and Technology University president Zhu Qingshi said most postgraduates failed to conduct research for their theses because they were desperate to fill the quota.

'Some PhD candidates said they have published 30 or 40 papers in two years,' Professor Zhu said.