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Turkey shakes up universities as coup fallout continues

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Science  16 Sep 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6305, pp. 1192-1193
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6305.1192

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For Turkish researchers and educators, the aftershocks of the failed 20 July military coup are continuing. With just weeks to go before the start of the academic year, the government has launched a broader reorganization of higher education. Using powers granted under an ongoing state of emergency, the government fired 2346 more university staff, closed 15 private universities—leaving tens of thousands of students in the lurch—and launched a fresh wave of firings at secondary schools. The nation's science funding agency, known as TÜBİTAK, has postponed all upcoming calls for proposals. And to the dismay of international collaborators, officials shut down one of Turkey's major archaeological digs.

  • * With reporting by Erik Stokstad.