University professor faces false CV charges

University professor faces false CV charges
Professor Sam Blili. Photo: University of Neuchâtel
A University of Neuchâtel professor under fire for alleged plagiarism is now facing accusations of falsifying his CV.

Professor Sam Blili, of the university’s economics department, larded his biography with positions in Quebec that he never held, according to a report from Le Matin, published online on Friday.

Blili’s CV from 2011 stated that he co-founded of an institute of small and medium businesses that involves 50 people from three faculties at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières, the newspaper said.

The professor also stated that he co-founded an international network of researchers into small and medium businesses, and was co-founder of a “Bombardier” research chair, Le Matin reports.

However, the newspaper contacted one of the co-founders of the institute of small and medium businesses, Pierre-André Julien, an emeritus professor at the University of Quebec, who said Blili never held the positions.

The Canadian university has already asked Blili to remove these references from his CV, Le Matin said.

Through his lawyer, Blili indicated that he had no comments to make about Le Matin’s revelations.

The cantonal department of education in Neuchâtel is reportedly looking into allegations that a book the professor, originally from Quebec, co-wrote is extensively plagiarized.

Le Matin maintains that the book, “La Suisse qui gagne”, authored by Blili and Francis Sermet, another professor, lifts entire passages from other sources without attribution.

The book is required reading for students of Blili, who has been a professor at the University of Neuchâtel since 2002.

A university investigation into the affair led to a report last month with inconclusive results, Le Matin said.

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