Slovak University involved in Austrian minister’s alleged plagiarism

Slovak University involved in Austrian minister’s alleged plagiarism

The Slovak University of Technology (STU) in Bratislava will thoroughly investigate all findings and allegations regarding the dissertation thesis of the Austrian Minister of Labour and Family, Christina Aschbacher. She tendered her resignation on January 9 over suspicions of plagiarism regarding her diploma and dissertation works. She submitted her dissertation thesis to STU last year.

Austrian plagiarism expert Stefan Weber discovered that more than 20% of the text was plagiarised, with critics also complaining that the work leaves a lot to be desired in terms of content and is written in butchered German. "STU cares about compliance with high quality standards and the originality of academic works," stated the STU spokesperson. The politician rejects Weber's "insinuations" and said she had chosen to step down to "protect my family", while complaining of "hostility, political agitation and attacks".

Mojmir Prochazka, Photo: Wikimedia/Bundesministerium für Finanze