China’s Ministry of Education has named three government universities and multiple employees for spending public funds on unauthorized sight-seeing tours and accepting money as wedding gifts.
Faculty members at Tongji University’s School of Economics and Management and Tianjin University’s Logistics Office were found to have paid for unauthorized trips using public funds. The faculty members reportedly also fraudulently claimed travel expenses by faking conference contracts.
Several senior officials were given disciplinary warnings and travelers were ordered to return the misused funds to the universities.
In addition, Tongji University’s retirement affairs office was found to have used public funds to purchase shopping cards for its employees without official approval.
In another case, the deputy general manager of Beijing’s Jiaotong University’s logistics industry group, Yang Jinquan, was found guilty of accepting cash gifts at her daughter’s wedding last November. Yang and two inspection officials at the university received disciplinary warnings.
The Ministry of Education said it would severely punish offenders of the austerity rules in the education sector.
Sources: People’s Daily Online (人民网), Bloomberg
Hui Zhi is the Senior Manager for Content with ethiXbase Pte Ltd.