Friday, 11 May 2007

Corruption in Chinese Academia

As an academic there is a notion that, stuck in our ivory tower, we are immune to the vagaries and temptations of capitalism. More so for economists who would never enter academic life for the money given the large number of lucrative outside options available.

It is a shame therefore to see that even academia in China has embraced rampant capitalism so readily.

This recent article from China.Org.Cn (H/T Cal Poly MBA Trip)

Academic Dishonesty: Corruption in Chinese Universities

The academic world has traditionally been considered a realm of pure scholarship virtually free from temptations to abuse administrative power and control more often seen in the political or business sectors.

However, duty-related offences committed by college and university teaching staff have become a growing problem in recent years, mostly involving corruption and bribery in student enrollment and capital construction, the People's Daily reported on April 17.

The problem is particularly severe in the capital city of Beijing and provinces of Shaanxi, Hubei, and Sichuan where colleges and universities are centralized, the newspaper reported.

Records from the Haidian District Court of Beijing show, between 2004 and 2006, it handled 20 criminal cases involving 28 teaching staff. These cases came from 14 colleges and universities, with the maximum amount involved in a single case being 1 million yuan (US$129,473).

It appears that most of the corruption is related to basic bribe taking for contract work. More intriguing is:
People's Daily also provided examples from southwest China's Sichuan Province. In 2004, a series of textbook purchase corruption cases were uncovered involving 36 teaching staff in 13 colleges and universities and a total of 12 million yuan (US$1.55 million).

So how is it done and could it happen (or does it happen) in the UK or US? It would appear not.
"A director of a university's asset management department has the power to independently examine and approve deals up to 1 million yuan each time," explained Zhou Xuebin, a division chief from the Hubei Provincial Department of Finance. "Although the financial department is responsible for examination and approval of the budget reports submitted by colleges and universities and the allocation of funds, the latter mainly decide themselves how to spend the money."

The answer to the problem appears to be "increased regulation" - does this always have to be the answer? The final paragraph hits the nail on the head.

"Corruption and duty-related offences committed by college and university teaching staff cause more than just financial losses," stressed Gao Jinzhang, an official from the Hubei Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC. "More importantly, they exert a bad influence on students and this has a direct bearing on the future of the country."

3 comments:

metin2gogo said...

air force 1 low white white neutral grey 630

air force 1 low white white pro cyan citron 435

air force 1 low white white perf pine green 449

air force 1 low white white perf varsity red 447

air force 1 low white white white varsity red 424

air force 1 low white white 404

air force 1 low white yellow black 629

air force 1 low white perf pine green 628

air force 1 low white perf red 627

air force 1 low white perf royal blue 626

air force 1 low white perf varsity purple 625

air force 1 low white gum 624

air force 1 low wht red blk 623

air force 1 low year of the goat 622

air force 1 low year of the monkey edition 621

air force 1 low year of the rooster edition 620

air force 1 low 2010 nba all star game team royal metallic silver white black 364

air force 1 low kobe bryant white varsity purple varsity maize 383

metin2gogo said...

air force 1 low lebron james white varsity red metallic gold midnight navy 394

air force 1 low notebook edition varsity red varsity red white 414

air force 1 low 07 black black gum 446

air force 1 low 07 black white black 444

air force 1 low 07 medium grey varsity red black 442

air force 1 low 07 neutral grey white pine green 440

air force 1 low 07 white neutral grey 433

air force 1 low 07 white orange blaze 432

air force 1 low 07 white team red black 430

air force 1 low 07 white varsity maize black 429

air force 1 low 07 white varsity royal white 427

air force 1 low 07 white varsity royal 428

air force 1 low 07 white white dark obsidian 426

air force 1 low 07 white white neutral grey 425

air force 1 low bambou edition white white neutral grey 619

air force 1 low carnival edition orange black green 618

air force 1 low carnival edition yellow green orange 617

air force 1 low chamber of fear chicago complacency 616

metin2gogo said...

air force 1 low chamber of fear denver envy 615

air force 1 low chamber of fear new york temptation 614

air force 1 low chamber of fear san francisco hype 613

air force 1 low chi town 3 white red 612

air force 1 low chi town 4 edition black red 611

air force 1 low chitown edition white red 610

air force 1 low euro stealth black white 608

air force 1 low euro white black grey 607

air force 1 low euro barcode edition white white wheat 609

air force 1 low htm black 606

air force 1 low htm white 605

air force 1 low insideout nordic edition baroque brown black anthracite 604

air force 1 low insideout 1 piece pilgrim pilgrim palomino 409

air force 1 low insideout albis pack black taxi chile red 603

air force 1 low insideout edition barque brown varsity royal sail 602

air force 1 low insideout edition maple golden hops wild mango 600

air force 1 low insideout edition midnight fog green bean grape 599

air force 1 low insideout harris tweed edition black cameo rose classic olive 598