[Irtalk] Grappling with a plagiarism problem in universities (Mozambique)

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Mon Jul 20 17:25:41 SAST 2015


Banishing academic dishonesty could help Mozambique nurture original thinkers who are economically efficient and socially suited to develop the country. But this will only be possible if administrators work with professors and students to build strong measures to combat widespread plagiarism, which is hampering the production of quality graduates.

A recent study revealed that various forms of plagiarism are rife at universities in the country. Plagiarism is seen as "presenting as your own another person's words, ideas, data, artwork or designs - unless considered common knowledge - without referencing the true author".

Five large universities were shown to have high percentages of plagiarism in a study published on 29 June in the International Journal for Educational Integrity by Dr Peter Coughlin, executive director of EconPolicy Research Group based Maputo, Mozambique.

Ina Smith
SciELO Planning Manager
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

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