State-run universities score poorly on corruption

The 36 government-run universities in South Korea scored 5.88 out of 10 in a corruption survey by a state-run watchdog, marking a modest improvement from the year before, but indicating an ethical lapse in the research lab in particular, writes Yoon Min-sik for The Korea Herald.

The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission announced the results of the annual integrity scale last week, based on surveys of 7,108 members of the universities and 3,437 outsiders who had business dealings with the universities. The study looked at factors such as research, administration and contracting with outside vendors. It also examined the frequency of corruption scandals and any other act that might compromise the credibility of the institutions.

The 2015 average score was a slight increase from 2014 when the score marked 5.67. It also showed general improvement in areas such as the tendency of schools to provide favours to university officials and general corruption levels in research, administration and personnel management. However, corruption within labs still appears to take place frequently, with 10.5% of the survey’s university respondents having pocketed research funds and 12% of them misusing funds.
Full report on The Korea Herald site