November 10, 2018 | 04:01 | News Agency FOCUS
Sofia. Rector of the Technical University of Varna Prof. Rossen Vasilev has plagiarized in the preparation of his scientific papers. This was announced by the newly formed Academic Ethics Commission for the Minister of Education and Science. This is the committee's first decision, and Professor Vassilev loses the degree of "Doctor of Science" he has. In about a week he will lose his academic position as a "teacher." Prof. Rossen Vassilev's plagiarism reports are already a year ago, but only with the modification of the Academic Staff Act was created a five-member Academic Ethics Commission, according to which he transcribed some of the data and tables into a 2009 book with authors from the University of Belfast, Ireland. According to the commission, the professor transcribed the doctoral work. The signal for this was presented by the colleagues of the professor and not by the PhD students, according to whom it is not about plagiarism but about collective work.
The Minister of Education and Science, Krassimir Valchev, said that the rector of the Technical University of Varna will be released and that he will be appointed a new official. He explained that a teacher's career decisions are also subject to judicial review, and the rector may appeal and prove to the court that he has not plagiarized. "But he could not prove this to the commission, which is made up of specialists and authoritarian scientists. They said there was plagiarism, I trust their experience," said Minister Valchev.
He stressed that the Academic Ethics Commission is currently working on three other similar signals, but they are not at such a high level. "The Commission is permanently active, it will work and I can assure you that it will respond to every signal," the minister said.
According to him, there is a plagiarism problem in all countries, not only in Bulgaria. "Last year it was said that this is a problem because it ruins academic ethics and academic values," commented Vulchev. He explained that not all aspects of plagiarism go through the newly formed Academic Ethics Commission because some are considered at university level. We are currently working on a plagiarism case at the Upper Military School in Veliko Tarnovo, not at the Rector, but the minister refused to give preliminary details.
The Varna Technical University has issued an opinion on this case, indicating that there has been a massive defamation campaign by Prof. Rossen Vasilev and that the legal order has been violated in the election of the Commission.
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