Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Universities Under Attack

Inside Higher Ed
June 23rd, 2015


An April attack on Kenya’s Garissa University College by Shabab militants that left 147 people dead. The disappearance -- and presumed killing -- of 43 students at Mexico’s Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa last fall. The September 2014 killing of Muhammad Shakil Auj, dean of Islamic studies at the University of Karachi in Pakistan and a liberal Muslim scholar who had reportedly been accused by fellow professors of blasphemy for a speech he gave abroad.
Those are just 3 of nearly 250 incidents analyzed in a new report on global attacks on higher education from the Scholars at Risk Academic Freedom Monitoring Project. In addition to documenting cases of violence such as those mentioned above, the "Free to Think" report also considers incidents involving wrongful prosecution and imprisonment of students and scholars, loss of academic position or expulsion from study, and improper restrictions on travel, among other issues.

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