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Plagiarism ruling may cost Peng post

By Lin Mei-chun  /  STAFF REPORTER

After more than three months of silence, the National Science Council has ruled that an article, allegedly penned by National Chung Hsing University (中興大學) President Peng Tso-kwei (彭作奎), was plagiarized from an academic work written by a US scholar.

The accusation was first made by Wu Ming-ming (吳明敏), a professor at the same university.

The council's decision will put Peng's current post as the university's president in peril.

"The National Science Council made its ruling on Jan 9. They will demand Peng return funds of NT$170,000 and suspend his right to apply for research funding from the council for three years," Wu told the Taipei Times yesterday.

Wu was referring to an article published in a journal which was written by Peng in 1991.

The piece in question, "The impacts of trade liberalization on agricultural production and the farmer's share in Taiwan," was similar to a piece called, "The farm-retail price spread in a competitive food industry," written by Bruce Gardner, professor of the agricultural and resource economics department of the University of Maryland.

In response to the council's ruling, Peng reportedly told the media that he had not yet received any official notice from the council, and said that "though part of the content and formula [in his journal] were said to be similar to those in another book, there should not be any concern about plagiarism."

Responding to the council's verdict, Fan Sun-lu (范巽綠), vice minister of education, said that a special committee had been commissioned by the education ministry to look into the matter and that the committee members would reach a conclusion very soon.

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