Explosions at Aleppo University, in Syria, killed dozens of people Tuesday, the New York Times reported. Students were taking exams at the time of the explosions, which were among the worst in the two-year conflict. Sympathizers with the opposition estimate that more than 50 people were killed, while Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations put the toll at 82 killed and 192 wounded.
Both the anti-government activists and the government blamed one another for the explosions. The university’s press office issued a statement saying that it had been targeted by Syrian Air Force MIG fighter jets that launched two missile strikes, each three minutes apart.
Internationally academics have begun to mobilize to raise funds for scholarships and fellowships for Syrian students and professors to attend or teach at universities outside the country.
- Organizations make $2 million commitment to aid Syrian students and scholars.
- The fund raising drive for Syrian scholars and students continues
- Michael Griffin, 'Islamic State: Rewriting History' and Patrick Cockburn, 'The Rise of Islamic State'
- Endangered Progress
- Norms, standards and metrics
- The Syrian refugee crisis and higher education
- review of Roger Owen, "The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life"
- Report outlines attacks on universities and academics around the world
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