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.