ELECTIONS 2022/NTU committee determines ex-Hsinchu mayor plagiarized thesis

08/09/2022 12:18 PM
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former Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅). CNA file photo
former Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅). CNA file photo

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Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) A National Taiwan University (NTU) committee has concluded that former Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅) committed plagiarism in his master's degree thesis, and it described the offense as serious.

At a news conference in Taipei on Tuesday, NTU Vice President for Academic Affairs Ding Shih-torng (丁詩同) said the committee found that Lin copied the thesis of Yu Cheng-huang (余正煌), seriously violating academic integrity.

It suggested that the university revoke the master's degree Lin received in 2017 from the Graduate Institute of National Development, where he and Yu studied, Ding said.

The committee, led by Su Hung-dah (蘇宏達), dean of NTU's College of Social Sciences, was set up in late July specifically to investigate the plagiarism.

The allegations against Lin went viral in early July after Taipei City Councilor Hsu Chiao-hsin (徐巧芯) of the opposition Kuomintang filed a complaint with NTU accusing Lin of academic plagiarism, which Lin denied and called it "slanderous."

The former Hsinchu mayor, who has been nominated by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party to run for mayor of Taoyuan in late November's local government elections, has repeatedly insisted on his innocence while trying to keep his candidacy afloat.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Frances Huang)

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