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News 07 Feb 14

Kosovo University Scandal Sparks Violent Protest

A protest in the Kosovo capital erupted into violence as students demanded the resignation of the head of the University of Pristina amid a row over an alleged PhD scam.

Edona Peci
BIRN
Pristina

More than 30 protesters were arrested and several were injured when students took to the streets of the Kosovo capital on Friday demanding the resignation of the head of the University of Pristina.

Police forces used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who were trying to get into the headquarters of the management of the university.

About two weeks ago, the University of Pristina became a target of criticism after local media reported that professors got PhD degrees after publishing false papers in phantom magazines in India and other countries.

Critics urged the authorities to establish an inquiry into the ways PhDs were given out by the university.

But rector Ibrahim Gashi has so far declined to resign, saying that “the magazines that my academic papers were published in were false, and not the publications themselves”.

In an interview with BIRN, he promised a thorough inquiry would be conducted to look into the alleged irregularities at the university.

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