Home Page
 
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.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Headlines:

albanian-former-minister-takes-support-after-charges-on-drug-trafficking-10-20-2017
20 Oct 17

Albania Parliament Stalls on Allowing MP's Arrest

Albania's parliament has postponed a decision on whether to allow the arrest of MP Saimir Tahiri on drugs smuggling charges until Saturday.

20 Oct 17

Winds of Change

20 Oct 17

‘Political War’ in Moldova Threatens Army

20 Oct 17

Kosovo Readies for Sunday's Local Elections

20 Oct 17

Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art to Reopen

Premium Selection

political-war-in-moldova-threatens-army-10-20-2017
20 Oct 17

‘Political War’ in Moldova Threatens Army

Moldova's military forces could be the next collateral damage from the country’s growing internal political crisis, experts warn.

louder-than-guns-croatia-s-wartime-patriotic-singers-10-18-2017
20 Oct 17

‘Louder than Guns’: Croatia’s Patriotic Wartime Singers

A new documentary about huge number of Croatian patriotic songs recorded during the 1990s conflict shows how musicians volunteered their talents to support the ‘Homeland War’ for independence.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

17 Oct 17

Referendum Pledge Haunts Bosnian Serb Supremo