Graduates attend the commencement ceremony at Peking University in Beijing, China, on July 10, 2018. The university recently expelled actor Zhai Tianlin from its PhD programme. Photo: Xinhua Graduates attend the commencement ceremony at Peking University in Beijing, China, on July 10, 2018. The university recently expelled actor Zhai Tianlin from its PhD programme. Photo: Xinhua
Graduates attend the commencement ceremony at Peking University in Beijing, China, on July 10, 2018. The university recently expelled actor Zhai Tianlin from its PhD programme. Photo: Xinhua
Chiu-Ti Jansen
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Chiu-Ti Jansen

Actor Zhai Tianlin’s plagiarism scandal underlines the failures of China’s university system

  • The case highlights Chinese people’s obsession with higher degrees, preferably with a foreign pedigree, but also shakes confidence in local institutions, which emphasise rapid research output and are plagued by plagiarism and low-quality writing

Graduates attend the commencement ceremony at Peking University in Beijing, China, on July 10, 2018. The university recently expelled actor Zhai Tianlin from its PhD programme. Photo: Xinhua Graduates attend the commencement ceremony at Peking University in Beijing, China, on July 10, 2018. The university recently expelled actor Zhai Tianlin from its PhD programme. Photo: Xinhua
Graduates attend the commencement ceremony at Peking University in Beijing, China, on July 10, 2018. The university recently expelled actor Zhai Tianlin from its PhD programme. Photo: Xinhua
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Chiu-Ti Jansen

Chiu-Ti Jansen

Chiu-Ti Jansen, with advanced degrees from Yale and Columbia, is the founder of multimedia platform China Happenings and a former corporate partner of international law firm Sidley Austin.