Protests at top Turkish university trigger more than 150 arrests

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“More than 150 people were arrested during protests at one of Turkey’s top universities, in a sharp escalation of a stand-off between students and staff and president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A total of 159 demonstrators were detained on Monday night after failing to heed warnings to end their protests in and around the campus of Istanbul’s prestigious Bogazici University, the city’s governor’s office said …” (more)

[Laura Pitel, Irish Times, 2 February]


Turkey’s purge of academia

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

“On the 25th September, 2018, Sedat Laçiner, a world renowned political scientist, once described as a ‘rising star of Turkish academia’, and the youngest man ever appointed as a rector to a Turkish university, was jailed for 9 years and 4 months …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 3 November]


Erdoğan attack sparks fears over future of Turkish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2018 by steve

“Experts fear that the crackdown on academic freedom in Turkey will be followed by a drive towards the Islamisation of campuses, after the country’s president accused one of its top universities of failing to ‘lean on national values’ …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 18 January]


Academic Freedom Goes to Court

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The repression of academics in Turkey is worsening, writes Scott McLemee, who describes the growing international protest on behalf of such scholars and how one might join it …” (more)

[Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed, 15 December]

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Solidarity visit by the former General Secretary of IFUT on behalf of ETUCE to Istanbul/Attendance at Court case against Turkish Academics

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

“The first of the court cases involving academics who have been charged with the ‘crime’ of signing a petition criticizing the policies of the Turkish government regarding the treatment of Kurdish people particularly in the South-East of the country opened in Istanbul on Tuesday 4 December 2017 …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 December]

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Purge of academics has reached a ‘staggering’ scale – SAR

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2017 by steve

“In the year since the attempted coup in Turkey, a ‘staggering’ number of academics have faced criminal investigations, detentions, prosecutions, mass dismissal, expulsion and restrictions on travel, according to an open letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 15 July]


The Turkish academics who are on hunger strike

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

“Two Turkish academics, Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca, have been on hunger strike for the last two months to protest their dismissal by the government, after the failed coup attempt in 2016.” (video)

[BBC News, 13 May]

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Fears for Turkey’s schools and colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2016 by steve

Turkey“Sir, – The Turkish government continues to attack and undermine education and exert increasingly oppressive control on schools under the guise of responding to the failed coup attempt last summer …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 23 November]

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76 academics held in Turkey amid probe into coup attempt

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2016 by steve

Turkey“Some 76 academics have reportedly been detained at a university in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the movement allegedly responsible for an attempted coup in Turkey. It comes after the chief of Nato said Turkish officers have sought asylum in allied countries amid a government crackdown in their country following the failed military coup …” (more)

[Independent, 18 November]


Call for Irish government action as 28,000 education workers sacked in Turkey

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, TD, to raise the increasing and flagrant abuse of human rights in Turkey, which is particularly affecting those involved in education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 25 September]

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TURKEY: Halt the ‘witch-hunt’ against education employees – URGENT ACTION APPEAL

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dear colleagues, I encourage you to take urgent action in support of Turkish education employees targeted by an ongoing ‘witch-hunt’ in the aftermath of the failed coup on 15 July 2016. Taking advantage of the post-coup investigations, the Turkish Government has launched a series of punitive measures against its own citizens, and particularly against the education community …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 23 September]

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EI: We must fight for the rights of our persecuted Turkish colleagues

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2016 by steve

Turkey“Dear Colleagues, As we have witnessed over the past week it has become abundantly clear that the actions of the Turkish Government have gone far beyond any reasonable response to the attempted coup …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 2 August]

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EI Statement – Turkey must not use educators as scapegoats in response to failed coup

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2016 by steve

Turkey“Dear Colleagues,Turkey must not use educators as scapegoats in response to failed coup. Education International strongly protests the unlawful actions Turkish authorities have taken against the teaching profession …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 21 July]

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Turkey bans all academics from leaving the country

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2016 by steve

Turkey“Turkey has banned all academics from travelling overseas after cancelling their annual leave, as President Tayyip Erdogan’s post-coup crackdown escalated to ‘exceptional proportions’ …” (more)

[Josie Ensor, Independent, 21 July]


Turkey cracks down on academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Turkey is upping the pressure on scientists and students who question its policies, and international human-rights advocates are taking notice. In the past few years, the government has clamped down on the independence of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and the Turkish Academy of Sciences …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, Nature News & Comment, 3 July]


Joint university founded in Istanbul

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2010 by steve

“Germany and Turkey have founded a new university in Istanbul. The Deutsch-Türkische Universität (DTU) is to focus on engineering sciences and engage in intensive cooperation with industry, but will also be providing a platform for cultural exchange …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 7 November]

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The End of the Headscarf Ban in Turkish Universities?

Posted in Legal issues on October 26th, 2010 by steve

“One of the more controversial questions in Turkey and indeed across Europe has seen a recent dramatic shift in policy whereby Turkish universities are loosening the ban on women wearing headscarves …” (more)

[David Keane, Human Rights in Ireland, 26 October]


Science needs more autonomy, report says

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2010 by steve

“Turkey has not achieved the status of a ‘scientific society’ and science in the country requires more independence from politics to achieve that goal, according to a new report based on extensive interviews with scientists …” (more)

[University World News, 4 July]


An absurd law

Posted in Legal issues on February 28th, 2010 by steve

“Turkey’s government is about to pass legislation that could cripple the country’s biological research. When politicians respond to popular distrust of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), they sometimes fail to grasp how intricately molecular technologies infiltrate different areas of science. A case in point is now playing out in Turkey, where an attempt to regulate GMOs in agriculture has morphed into a draft law that could wipe out the country’s biomedical research …” (more)

[Nature, 24 February]