Date
28 July 2017
Herdip Singh (inset) expressed apology to Lingnan University, which he has served for over 30 years.
Photos: HK government, Lingnan University
Herdip Singh (inset) expressed apology to Lingnan University, which he has served for over 30 years. Photos: HK government, Lingnan University

Lingnan University official resigns amid plagiarism probe

A top Lingnan University official has resigned after the school launched an investigation into allegations of plagiarism concerning his doctoral thesis.

Herdip Singh, associate vice president and comptroller of Lingnan University, said he was sorry for making a wrong judgment, referring to the reports about his doctoral thesis, Ming Pao Daily reported.

In a statement on Saturday, Singh expressed apology to those adversely affected by the case, especially to Lingnan University, which he has served for over 30 years. 

His resignation took effect immediately.

Apple Daily earlier reported that the content of Singh’s thesis for a doctorate degree in business administration at the Tarlac State University in the Philippines in 2013 is very similar to that of a thesis for a master’s degree in business administration submitted to Lund University, of Sweden, by Chinese student Wu Chunshui in 2010.

Matts Kärreman, Wu’s instructor and a senior lecturer at the Department of Business Administration at Lund University, agreed that it was a case of plagiarism after examining Singh’s thesis using Lund University’s plagiarism detection software, which found the two manuscripts to be 96 percent the same.

Following the report, Lingnan University suspended Singh from his post and set up a three-member panel to investigate the case.

In view of Singh’s resignation, the university said it will no longer pursue the investigation.

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