Top Ten Scandals in Mainland Universities

November 9, 2006 Updated: November 9, 2006

In recent years, many scandals and cases of corruption have appeared in the universities of China that were driven by the “need for social development.” Nandu Weekly, a newspaper in Guangzhou City, has rated the top ten scandals. The top ranked scandal involves Chen Jin, a professor in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, who forged the chip Hanxin No.1.

Chen used to work at Motorola as a test engineer. In February 2003, he bought the chip MOTO-freescale 56800 from the United States, and then scalped the original logo by replacing it with his own. He then claimed to have developed Hanxin No.1 and own intellectual property rights for the technology. With Hanxin No.1, Chen became a university professor and the dean of the microelectronics school. Chen applied for over a dozen important search projects and received funding up to 1.1 billion yuan (US$ .14 billion). It was not until January 2006 that he was exposed.

Ranked in second is the dean of economic school in Fundan University, Lu Deming, who visited a prostitute in August 2004 and was caught by police. On October 28, 2004, Fudan University announced Lu's case, dismissed his membership from the Chinese Communist Party, and then fired him. Later, Lu Deming made a public confession and apology.

The third ranked scandal took place at Nanjing Teacher's University. On September 27, 2006, university authorities ended class early and “forcefully organized” ten female dance majors to dance with higher officials visiting the school.

The fourth ranked scandal involves Ding Zuyi, the president of Xi'an Translation School. In October 2004, Deng paid to publish a story in the Los Angeles Times, in which he falsely claimed that he was “elected by American universities as the most respected president of China's private universities.”

Other scandals include Qiu Chengtong, who alleged that Peking University was hiring unqualified professors from overseas; Beijing's Renmin University spending millions of yuan to build a luxury elevator for a 3-floor cafeteria, and a professor from Peking University complained about his poor salary on the Internet.