Government Attempts to Interfere in Universities in Macedonia

Students and faculty in Macedonia have been protesting attempts by the government there to impose state-supervised exams for university graduates. Response to faculty involvement in the protests has been to propose a requirement that the government’s ministry of education approve the composition of thesis committees and be involved in thesis defenses.

Todd May (Clemson) has drafted a brief letter for members of the international academic community to sign in support of the protestors, urging autonomy for the universities. The letter has already been signed by many and has been sent to several Macedonian and EU officials. May says that it will soon be sent to the President of the Republic of Macedonia—it is not too late to sign. You can view the letter and add your name as a signatory here.

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