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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on April 20th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Picture of the Day: Fake Thesis

A research ethics committee of Kookmin University announces on April 20, 2012, that Moon Dae-sung, a lawmaker-elect of the ruling Saenuri Party, copied an academic paper for his Ph.D. degree in 2007. The committee looked the plagiarism allegations about Moon as opposition parties called for his resignation. The ruling party also urged Moon to leave, but he refused, insisting that the outcome of the faculty investigation decide his future. Moon was elected in the April 11 general elections on the ruling party's ticket. Upon hearing the news of the faculty's interim verdict, Moon defected from the party but still retained his seat. Moon, who won a taekwondo gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, is currently an athlete member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and a professor at Dong-a University in Busan. (Photo courtesy of Kookmin University) (Yonhap)

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  • Truth
    12:19 pm on April 20th, 2012 1

    Shocking. Not.
    Given the high levels of academic dishonesty in korea and fraud, this is not much of a story.
    Move along, nothing to see here.

  • Tom
    1:00 pm on April 20th, 2012 2

    Coming from the most corrupt nation on the planet and in history, which bankrupted your own nation through greed… that’s rich, and pot calling the kettle black! :lol:

    Yes, move along indeed…

  • Dreamboat Annie
    1:42 pm on April 20th, 2012 3

    E2 teachers get their diplomas apostilled. How many fake diplomas are out there in Korea among Koreans?

  • tbonetylr
    3:59 pm on April 20th, 2012 4

    I’m sure he teaches his university students how to cheat very well, and the students are surely proud to be taught by him. Why should university tuition be lowered when stand up people like Moon are around?

  • Teadrinker
    7:15 pm on April 20th, 2012 5

    “member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)”

    Well, that explains a lot.

  • Tom Langley
    7:46 pm on April 20th, 2012 6

    Depending on the person some people can get away with this. For example “Dr” Martin Luther King Jr. It was shown years later than he partially plagiarized his Phd thesis. Before I get a load of garbage from liberals calling me “racist”, their favorite insult then look it up yourselves. You may say that with all the good that he did that the plagiarism didn’t matter. That’s fine but it makes my point that some have gotten away with it.

  • Truth
    10:45 pm on April 20th, 2012 7

    Seems like korea unintentially exposed itself when it wanted to verify the degrees of foereign teachers there. Thinking it was somehow a foreign problem, its turned out to be that fraud is widespread there.
    For those who do not know, koreans value positions and titles very much. Its the title next to your name that matters not what you know. So for many koreans much easier to fake a phd than earn one. Cheating and plagiarism is widespread on campuses there. Year after year they uncover test cheating scams and other forms of academic dishonesty. Even in the usa koreans often pay others to write their thesis or take tests for them. Thats one reason you see so many korean academics that seem to know very little about their subject matter in which they earned their degrees.
    Unfortunately this tarnishes all korean degree holders. It would be in koreas best interest to fix these problems. Do you really want a doctor who cheated his way through med school.
    Or a mechanic fix an airplane, that paid someone to get him credentialed.

  • Bash
    1:24 am on April 21st, 2012 8

    Got to

  • charliemarlow
    9:21 am on April 21st, 2012 9

    Academic fraud is not uncommon in the US. VP Joe Biden, as I recall, had been punished in law school for plagiarism. He said it was accidental – a failure to cite sources (i.e. plagiarism). He dropped out of a a race to for the presidential nomination because of it. But you can’t keep a good politician down for long.Quite a few professors have been caught with degrees from diploma mills.
    I work at a US college. Korean students are not notorious for cheating.
    Good for S. Korea for outing this fellow. It is a positive sign that this was taken seriously.


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