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Rostock University Faculty to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate

Members of the Faculty of Arts, Rostock University, Germany, have voted to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate degree.

Rostock University is in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is one of the oldest universities in the world. Its Wikipedia entry says that it was founded in 1419 and is “one of the oldest universities in the world – and the oldest and largest university in continental northern Europe and the Baltic Sea area. It is the third oldest university in Germany in continuous operation.”

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The 22-member Faculty Council voted 20 in favor, with 1 against and 1 absention. From the announcement, the award was carefully evaluated by an international honorary doctoral committee, which included Prof. Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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The announcement was first published on the university’s website. The full text (in German) here.

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