Turkish universities enjoy academic freedom, Erdoğan says

Turkish Presient Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that there is not any university in Turkey where there is no academic freedom, Arti Gercek news site reported on Friday.

Erdoğan met Turkish doctoral candidates at a Millet Library as part of Library Talks events.

The Turkish President maintained that Turkish universities cherish academic freedom. 

“We do not seek to restrict freedoms in any university,” he said.

Erdoğan also boasted about the women employment at Turkish universities.

“When we look at all the academic staff in universities, women employment is over 51 percent. This has never been seen before in the history of the Republic,” Erdoğan noted.

However, the academics of Boğaziçi University released a report addressing problems that emerged following pro-government, Prof. Melih Bulu‘s appointment to the university by a decision of President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Erdoğan on January 2, 2021.

The ‘damage assessment report’ of the academics listed 40 damages done to their university, including appointment of an unelected rector to the university.

The academics of Boğaziçi University say that Bulu‘s appointment to the university is against academic freedom.