Hungarian president plagiarism cleared
A commission formed by the dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science at Semmelweis University looked into allegations that the Hungarian President Pál Schmitt’s doctoral thesis was plagiarised. It was announced today that the committee completed the examination of the doctorate and found that the dissertation complied with the rules in effect in 1992, therefore there is no justification to take his title away.
They also found that his classifications of sources were unprofessional, but they pointed out that this should have been brought to his attention at that time. The President earlier repeated that he rejects the allegations of plagiarism that may have surfaced because he has “helped” the government’s work as president.
In 1992, together with Pál Schmitt, there were 10 people altogether gaining their doctorate, and Origo.hu checked eight of them.
There were no foot-notes in any of them, but there were references in the text itself, typically the names of the authors and the year of publication of referenced document or book in brackets.
On the bases of the bibliograpy at the end of the dissertaton it was however easy to find the sources.