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Fragile academic ethos is an intellectual insult

  • Setiono Sugiharto
    Setiono Sugiharto

    Teaches at the Faculty of Education and Language, Atma Jaya Catholic University

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 27, 2017   /  12:19 pm
Fragile academic ethos is an intellectual insult Plagiarism among academics is rampant; agencies offering services for doing academic work are common; the selling of bogus certificates and forged degrees are ubiquitous and the illegal operation of higher learning institutions is not unusual. (Shutterstock/File)

The revelation of a fraudulent doctoral program, allegedly run by one of the state universities in Jakarta, is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to misconduct and intellectual crimes that have long plagued the country’s educational landscape. Plagiarism among academics is rampant; agencies offering services for doing academic work are common; the selling of bogus certificates and forged degrees are ubiquitous and the illegal operation of higher learning institutions is not unusual. This academic fraud — the very instances of disgraceful educational practises, if not an intellectual insult — reflects how fragile our academic ethos is. Interestingly, the alleged fraudulent doctoral program allegedly involves a number of regional officials who are said to have been purportedly motivated to improve human resources in certain regions. It is alleged that they...

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