The booming education market is luring more overseas universities to open branches or establish partnerships in China, but the marriages do not always seem happy.
For example, Yale Daily News recently reported that the university was terminating a joint undergraduate program with Peking University.
The Peking University-Yale University Joint Undergraduate Program, established in 2006, offered Yale students the chance to take classes taught in English by professors from both schools in Beijing for either a year or a semester.
Chinese students of Peking University were also able to take the same courses, and Yale students could join any of the 150 student organizations on campus.
However, ecology and evolutionary biology professor Stephen Stearns blew the whistle on the program only one year later.
In 2007, Stearns sent a strongly worded e-mail to his students at Peking University, criticizing the widespread plagiarism he witnessed among students and faculty while teaching two courses at the university.
"The fact that I have encountered this much plagiarism at PKU tells me something about the behavior of other professors and administrators here. They must tolerate a lot of it, and when they detect it, they cover it up without serious punishment, probably because they do not want to lose face. If they did punish it, it would not be this frequent," Stearns said in his letter.
After sending the caustic e-mail to the PKU student body, Stearns left the program.