Chinese Challenges

Record retractions put focus on research misconduct
By Yojana Sharma – in University World News.

The research ethics of China’s scientists has come under the spotlight after a major international publisher retracted 107 medical research papers by Chinese authors – the single largest number of retractions ever recorded – after discovering irregularities in the peer review process.


Ideological purge hits universities with Western ties

From Financial Times – in University World News.

China is stepping up pressure on education institutions, including many that run joint programmes with leading Western universities, as President Xi Jinping’s ideologically infused anti-corruption campaign takes aim at the country’s intellectual establishment, reports the Financial Times.


Close Confucius Institutes on US campuses, NAS says
By Yojana Sharma – in University World News.

Universities in the United States should close down their Confucius Institutes – teaching and research centres funded directly by the Chinese government – says a report by the National Association of Scholars or NAS, which examines details of the institutes’ often-secret operations from contracts signed with dozens of US universities.


Povl Tiedemann
May 2017


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