Turkey’s Erdogan shuts universities

23 July 2016, 15 universities were shut down (see list below). The closure of universities has left 61,382 students in Turkey in academic limbo. They have difficulties whether they can continue their studies and worried about any kind of stigmatization as these universities Gülen affiliated. 2,759 academics have also been purged from these universities, some of them detained and under custody. Turgut Özal University old rector Prof. Abdulkadir Şengün is among these academics who are jailed after the attempted coup. The concern is not only about the freedom of speech, but some of the academics are afraid to be prisoned.

The list of the closed universities and the number of academics – students:

 

Canik Başarı University                              61 academics

2220 students

 

Gediz University                                           240 academics

7965 students

 

Fatih University                                            514 academics

14,219 students

 

İpek University                                              119 academics

870 students

 

Melikşah University                         175 academics

4500 students

 

Mevlana University                          175 academics

4714 students

 

Murat Hudavendigar University                17 academics

213 students

 

Orhangazi University                                  131 academics

2138 students

 

Selahaddin Eyyubi University                   80 academics

1283 students

 

Suleyman Şah University                          98 academics

2068 students

 

Şifa University                                              271 academics

2625 students

 

Turgut Özal University                               393 academics

7738 students

 

International Antalya University    128 academics

2130 students

 

Zirve University                                            327 academics

8699 students

 

Total:                                                             2,759 academics

61,382 students

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