academia

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We’re Number 36!

The Times Higher Education Supplement has produced a list of the world’s top universities. They must have used a good methodology because UNSW came in at number 36. The United States dominated the list, with 20 out of the top 50 places. I wasn’t quite sure exactly where all the American universities were, so I…

Dumb and Dumberest

The story of the University of Newcastle plagiarism scandal continues: Professor Marimuthu was 18 days from signing a new five-year agreement that increased the annual fee payable by the Institut WIRA in Malaysia, where the campus was based, from $50,000 to $300,000. He asked the offshore program co-ordinator to review the problem essays “more generously”…

Dumb and Dumberer

The Syney Morning Herald has the latest evidence from the plagiarism scandal at the University of Newcastle (my previous posts are here and here) (my emphasis): The University of Newcastle sat on its “most serious” plagiarism allegations for more than four months, only acting when a television show peppered the institution with questions, the Independent…

Dumb and Dumber

In the latest installment in the U of Newcastle plagiarism scandal, Ronald MacDonald tries to outdo Robert Rugimbana (emphasis mine): The deputy vice-chancellor of research and internationalisation, Ronald MacDonald, said yesterday that he had originally believed the plagiarism claims by Ian Firns. Mr Firns had written to him in late February 2003 protesting at the…

I should just mail my degree back

The Sydney Morning Herald reports (emphasis mine): In late 2002 a casual lecturer employed by the University of Newcastle to teach at its affiliated school in Malaysia, Institut WIRA, gave zero marks to 15 students in a class of 50, citing “deliberate, serious plagiarism”. The lecturer, Ian Firns, found that several students had copied large…