Graduate school vice chancellor found plagiarizing PhD thesis

Vietnam’s education ministry is contemplating on withdrawing the PhD degree and professor title of Hoang Xuan Que, vice president of the School of Banking and Finance

A screen grab of the website of the School of Banking and Finance under the Hanoi-based National Economics University

The Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) is considering revoking the professorship and PhD degree of a graduate school vice president after he was found plagiarizing his doctoral thesis a decade ago.

Hoang Xuan Que, vice president of the School of Banking and Finance under the Hanoi-based National Economics University, was accused of copying 30 percent of the thesis written in 2002 by Mai Thanh Que, an official at Banking Academy, also located in the capital.

Xuan Que, an Associate Professor, was writing his own thesis on Vietnam’s monetary policy and successfully defended it in 2003.

A council of economics academics has verified the accusation and confirmed that Xuan Que did plagiarize Thanh Que’s dissertation.

The vice president stole 52.5 pages from the Banking Academy official’s 159-page paper and pasted them into his thesis, the council pointed out.

MoET has also asked the school to punish him for this dishonesty in accordance with the law.

The school conducts research on banking-finance and also runs graduate programs.

In Vietnam, professorship is granted to a college academic when he meets many requirements, including seniority, speaking a foreign language fluently, publishing a certain number of papers in journals, providing guidance to master’s or PhD students, and others.

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