The University of Düsseldorf made a brave step and revoked yesterday the PhD of Annette Schavan, German Federal Secretary of Education and Research.
Ms. Schavan is now holding only her A-Levels she made in 1974 and is the only minister in the cabinet of Chacellor Angela Merkel who has no higher degree.
Surprisingly she obviously refuses to step down from her office and keeps on fighting all critics using the power of her office like she did before in the last months when the university had decided to examine the case of plagiarism.
On the other hand this is not surprising keeping in mind that she obviously faked her thesis "Person und Gewissen" (engl. "Individuum and Good Consience").
Germany’s Secretary of Education and Research, Ms. Annette Schavan, is living in fear that her former university is taking away her PhD since she faked her thesis in 1980. No surprise that she “buys” herself some college professors and scientists with the money of her ministry (13 billion Euros budget per year).
The funny thing is: If the University of Düsseldorf revokes the PhD then the only degree left will be her highschool diploma (For Britans: her A-Level).
Well, this is Germany’s Federal Secretary of Education and Research, Ms. Annette Schavan, PhD. Her ministry is called “Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung”.
And exactly this little “PhD” is causing now problems because somebody found out that she faked her thesis in 1980. That’s quite embarrassing, isn’t it?
Instead of stepping down she now takes the easy way: she simply buys herself some supporters from science organisations and universities which are financed thru her ministry.
You feel sorry for the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf that is in a dilemma to decide whether to take away her bogus PhD or to admit its own corruption and clear her reputation.