Turkey Wants To Kill Universities

A decade ago, the Justice Development Party of Turkey gained power, and took away power from the military which for decades had decided who would govern in the land. Since obtaining power, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has installed a regime that is more alike that once led by the military. Slowly, but surely, he has taken power away from independent agencies of the government. The once independent judiciary has lost power, the police made a mistake of investigating corruption by the Erdogan family, schools must now toe the official line. Students who have protested often wind up in jail, and Turkey now leads the world in the number of journalists who are in prison.

The latest power grab by Erdogan is to give power to the Higher Education Board(whose leaders he appoints) to decide executive boards of universities–even private universities. This Board will decide who gets tenure, who gets a promotion, and they will even volunteer to assist college professors in deciding what to teach. The next step for Erdogan is to become President, and make that office all powerful.