Fiction and Reality | Titles, Education, Jobs

Filed under: more than IT. english. — Tags: , , , , — supernova @ 12:12 AM

Knowledge is the major capital of our time as nobody would doubt. The question is: are we just talking about titles?

In 2011 a German politician lost his doctor’s degree due to plagiarism. It seems to me that the discoveries of dissertation and theses based on the intellectual property of someone else are becoming more numerous.

Last month the technical University of Zurich had to deprive a politician of an academic degree since she copied parts of her theses without citing the source. She defended herself by alleging that she did not know about the respective rules and that her political enemies were working against her. Since one is provided a set of rules concerning citation this is hard to believe.

Since a few days ago we know that a director of the renowned University hospital in Zurich has been dismissed because his doctor’s degree has been bought from the UC Berkley. What a difference an e makes. On the first glance we all think of the University of California in Berkeley. Unfortunately this title is not from California but from Michigan and has been bought from a non-accredited title-mill.

Of course these persons may still be very educated or do an impeccable job.

Still, such deceit sheds light on another facet of my actual subject about fiction and reality. Apparently, these false titles sometimes lead to real results in the form of better job positions. Only those who have the bad luck to get busted fall off mount Olympus; at least for a certain period of time.

While a Swiss poet of the 19th century held the opinion that clothes make people it seems as if his dictum needs an update: Titles automatically mean education and knowledge.

Um, before you ask: I don’t have a doctor’s title; not even for project rescue.

If you want to read the previous articles about this subject please follow the link.