ACA statement on repression in Turkey’s higher education sector
ACA is deeply worried about the recent developments in the Turkish (higher) education sector. Condemning the illegitimate attempt of a coup against a democratically elected government, ACA at the same time asks the Turkish government, in the interest of its higher education institutions and the competitiveness of its academic elite in the world, to abstain from any form of repression against the higher education institutions and academics in Turkey. Any form of restriction of international cooperation and academic mobility has the most negative impact on the academic work and will weaken the quality of science and research in Turkey.
We assure our colleagues at schools, universities and research institutions in Turkey of our solidarity and wish to underline that we will do our utmost to further strengthen the vision of an integrated and common European Higher Education Area, based on the principles of partnership, cooperation and solidarity.