Turkey’s Ege University bars purge victims from graduate school admission

The İzmir-based Ege University has announced on its website that victims of a post-coup crackdown in Turkey who were dismissed from their state jobs by the government are prohibited from enrolling in the master’s program at the Graduate School of Social Sciences.

Around 150,000 civil servants were purged under government decrees issued during a state of emergency declared after an abortive putsch on July 15, 2016.

However, a Turkish court on Monday overturned an earlier decision barring law professor Cenk Yiğiter, fired in 2017 for signing a peace petition, from returning to the university as a student, Ahval news reported.

According to Ahval, Yiğiter was qualified to study at the Radio, Television and Cinema Department at Ankara University after he passed the university entrance examination in 2017. But the university changed its bylaws in August 2017, the day the exam results were announced, adding the requirement of “no prior dismissal from public service” for enrollment at the university. (SCF with Turkey Purge)

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