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You’re Fired: University Revokes Donald Trump’s Honorary Degree

16 DEC 2015
Career Path : Education News

‘The Donald’ is in trouble again. Trump’s recent tirade about Muslims in America has caused Scotland’s Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen to revoke the honorary doctorate degree they awarded him in 2010 for his entrepreneurial achievements.

Donald Trump has been at the centre of a major controversy after calling for, in his words: “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

This isn’t the first time Trump’s anti-Islamic views have made the news, but his current position of influence as United States presidential candidate caused his remarks to draw negative attention from across the globe.

A petition for Robert Gordan University to strip Trump of his honorary degree garnered more than 80, 000 signatures, inspiring the university to take action against aligning themselves with Trump’s anti-Muslim worldview.

On December 9, Robert Gordon University announced its decision to revoke the degree. A spokesman for the university said: “In the course of the current US election campaign, Mr. Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university. The university has therefore decided to revoke its award.”

This news is welcomed by the Robert Gordon University student body, which boasts a vibrant and active Islamic society and an open-door, multi-ethnic religious centre on campus.

Source: Times Higher Education