In response to the cancellation of the National Taiwan University paper, Taoyuan Mayor Zheng Wencan said that there was no comparison software at the beginning, so the source of the paper was omitted, and there was no problem with originality.

(Photo by reporter Xie Wuxiong)

[Reporter Xie Wuxiong/Taoyuan Report] Taoyuan Mayor Zheng Wencan attended the education and protection activities in Longtan. When asked by the media about the revocation of the master's degree of National Taiwan University, he said that Xuelun would use similarity comparison software to find some papers that were not cited. The source, but there was no comparison software at the time, otherwise he would of course fill in the notes and reference papers. This part of the flaws has been explained by the Academy, and there is no problem with originality.

Zheng Wencan said that in 2003, he entered the professional class of National Taiwan University National Development Institute to broaden his personal horizons. At that time, he was concerned about the issue of democratization in China, so he chose the research topic of "Democracy at the Grassroots Level in China". Research, so we adopted the literature analysis method, citing many books, journals, or articles on the Internet, etc., probably more than 100 articles.

Please read on...

He said that during the thesis oral examination, three oral examination committee members, including Zhou Jixiang, the director of the research institute, Chen Mingtong, the director of the National Security Bureau, and Lin Jialong, the former Minister of Transportation, passed the thesis based on his problem awareness, including research structure, research original findings, etc. review.

It’s just that the National Development Institute at that time did not require the comparison of similarity software. There was no such standard, and such software was not popular at that time; Some uncited paper sources.

He thought that if the comparison was made at that time, of course the notes and reference papers would be filled in. This is the basic truth. This flaw in writing was also specifically mentioned when he attended the Xuelun Conference.

Zheng Wencan also mentioned that the reason for the defect was that the time was short and there were many materials, so some quoted sources of papers were not noted. This was not formed by plagiarizing a single paper, and there was no intention to plagiarize, so he followed up in writing at that time. I verbally apologized to the Academy.

Zheng Wencan said that the approval of the Xuelun Association can of course have different sanctions, including public apology, correction within a time limit, or revocation of the dissertation. The Institute also hopes to be able to further study and improve horizons. Based on this starting point, he is very grateful to National Taiwan University and the National Development Institute. He will calmly face the results of the review and express his apologies to everyone.

Zheng Wencan also mentioned that in the future, it is up to the university to discuss and review whether to establish the same standards for the master’s thesis of the on-the-job professional class, including the similarity comparison of the thesis, etc., and the review mechanism of Xuelun is the same. Invite 5 to 7 people to review in an anonymous manner. Regarding the grading review of academic ethics, this part should also be discussed by the university itself.

Another candidate for the Taoyuan City Council of the New Party, You Zhibin, accused Zheng Wencan of writing his papers on behalf of others. Zheng Wencan said that You Zhibin had reported many cases; but the papers were definitely written by him, which is very clear.

Zheng Wencan also mentioned that he also passed the statement of the Society of Ethics to the three oral examination committee members. In fact, his oral examination committee members have blue and green backgrounds. Grassroots transformation, including village self-government in rural areas and urban residents’ committees, hopes to study from the perspective of political system theory whether such grassroots democracy can increase the awareness of political participation, expand it into the basis of democratic transformation, or promote greater social control.

Zheng Wencan said that he did this kind of research based on such purpose at that time.

Because there are many themes and reference materials used in the research, it is true that in the last stage, he wrote the draft first, and then found out each cited paper, resulting in some papers not being checked, because there was no comparison software at that time, so Now more than ten years later, comparing the results with the new software is of course his negligence in the writing process at that time. He is willing to take responsibility for this negligence and is willing to apologize.