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Erdoğan tightens rule over rectors

The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has given himself more power over the appointment of university rectors as part of his crackdown following a failed coup attempt.

A decree published in the Turkish Official Journal on 29 October eliminates the role of academics in the appointment of rectors at state universities, the Turkish newspaper Birgün Gazetesi has reported.

From now on, the Turkish Board of Higher Education (YÖK) will present three candidates to the president for him to choose from. If no candidate is appointed within a month, the president will be able to appoint someone directly. At foundation universities, the president will now appoint a candidate from a selection presented to him by YÖK based on references from the university’s executive board.

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