A head of a university was fired for spending US$27 million to rehire teachers sent to the Philippines to get ‘instant PhD degrees’. Photo: SCMP composite
A head of a university was fired for spending US$27 million to rehire teachers sent to the Philippines to get ‘instant PhD degrees’. Photo: SCMP composite

‘Instant PhDs’: head of China university fired for using US$2.7 million to rehire teachers after obtaining doctorates from ‘obscure’ school to lift status

  • The teachers attended a school in Manila where they earned PhDs in 28 months, far shorter than normal
  • The school then rehired them to boost its doctorate rate, sparking public criticism

A head of a university was fired for spending US$27 million to rehire teachers sent to the Philippines to get ‘instant PhD degrees’. Photo: SCMP composite
A head of a university was fired for spending US$27 million to rehire teachers sent to the Philippines to get ‘instant PhD degrees’. Photo: SCMP composite

Corrected [10:47am, 27 Jul, 2022]

  • [10:47am, 27 Jul, 2022]

    The original version of this article misstated the total amount of money Shaoyang University spent on the "instant Phd" reward payment. The amount was 18 million yuan, not 180 million yuan.

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