Dutch minister wants dean of Islamic college fired

Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker wants the dean of the Islamic University of Rotterdam Ahmet Akgündüz to resign his post. Akgündüz has been in the media spotlight several times for a series of controversial remarks. She will summon the board of directors of the Islamic college to the ministry and call upon them to fire the dean.

Akgündüz has called opponents of the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan “homosexuals and Armenians”. Earlier the minister wanted the university to publicly distance itself from his “anti-Western remarks”. This is no longer seen as enough. “The dean has an exemplary role and cannot say anything and everything on social media”.

IUR in Rotterdam. © AD.
IUR in Rotterdam. © AD.

The possibilities to deal with the dean are limited because it is a private institution. “This is why I summon the board of directors”.