May 13, 2012

Romania's education minister caught in plagiarism row - The Sunday Times

BUCHAREST (AFP) - Romania's new education minister is embroiled in a plagiarism row, forcing the prime minister to call for an investigation into claims that he copied swathes of foreign research works.
This new copycat scandal in Europe comes after Germany's defence minister Theodor zu Guttenberg and Hungary's president Pal Schmitt had to resign in the past few months because of plagiarism.
But the fact that this time a minister of education, Mr Ioan Mang, is suspected has angered the scientific community in Romania even more.
Mr Mang, 53, a professor at the IT Faculty of Oradea University in north-west Romania, was accused this week by researchers from Japan, Israel and Taiwan of copying their academic work on information technologies - even including some mistakes - in several of his papers.


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