High-Profile Plagiarism Prompts Soul-Searching in German Universities

High-Profile Plagiarism Prompts Soul-Searching in German Universities 1

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The seat of Germany's minister of research and education, Annette Schavan, was left empty when she resigned after Heinrich Heine U. revoked her doctorate. Hers is one of several cases of plagiarism that have made headlines in Europe in recent years.

Rarely do political scandal and academe collide so publicly as they have now, in Europe. In February, Germany's education minister stepped down after Heinrich Heine University, in Düsseldorf, revoked her doctorate because her thesis lifted passages from other sources without proper attribution.

Her departure came after scandals over plagiarized work took down a German defense minister, the president of Hungary, and a Romanian education minister. But it is the storied German