University fights attempts to close political science

Ben Gurion University last Sunday blasted the Council for Higher Education for seeking to shut down its political science department, vowing to fight the bid with all its might, writes Tomer Velmer for Israel Times.

In a harsh letter sent to the council Professor Rivka Carmi, president of the university, branded its recommendation against allowing the programme to accept any new students in the next academic year as an unreasonable and unbalanced decision. "We will fight to protect academic freedom within Israel's higher education system from the black day when academic studies are threatened due to extrinsic and unworthy motives," read the letter.

The wrangling between Ben Gurion and the council began more than a year ago, when a professional committee commissioned by the council asserted that the university's political science department is slanted to the Left and fails to expose students to all points of view.
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