Chinese ex-military official stripped of doctorate for cheating

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Chinese ex-military official stripped of doctorate for cheating

A Chinese former senior military official has been stripped of his doctorate after being found guilty of cheating 12 years after receiving it, according to a local news website.

Huang Liuyu, a former director of the People’s Liberation Army’s Institute for Disease Control and Prevention, was found to have plagiarised the work of another PhD student in his final thesis, Caixin.com reported, citing a statement by the Army Medical University, where Huang studied for his doctorate.

“The PLA Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Centre has found numerous repetitions of the doctorate thesis of Huang Liuyu of the 2004 class and Shi Zhaoxing of the 2000 class, which constitutes academic misconduct,” the statement said.

Huang, 57, was awarded his doctorate in 2007, five years after Shi. Huang had earlier been one of the two tutors supervising Shi’s thesis, the Caixin report said.

Before studying for his PhD, Huang achieved a bachelor’s degree from Henan Medical University in 1984 and a master’s from the PLA Academy of Medical Sciences. His doctoral research was in the area of biosafety, and disease control and prevention in the army.

Public records show Huang is a member of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, has published more than 70 papers in publications listed on the Science Citation Index, and holds more than 30 patents in China and overseas.

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His research paper titled “Infectious Diseases Surveillance System and Active Prevention and Control Model” won a top science and technology award in 2014.

Universities have stepped up their efforts to catch cheats following last year’s scandal involving film star Zhai Tianlin, who was found to have plagiarised large sections of his doctoral thesis.

The Beijing Film Academy’s Performing Arts School rescinded his title in February and Zhai was also expelled from a two-year postdoctoral research programme at Peking University.

China’s cabinet, the State Council, issued guidelines last year to improve the integrity of scientific research and said it would establish a blacklist of offenders.

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