German university rector faults Snowden doctorate

The rector of a German university where academics voted to award NSA leaker Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate is trying to have the decision reversed, arguing that his actions don`t fulfill the required criteria.

PTI| Updated: May 23, 2014, 01:09 AM IST

Berlin: The rector of a German university where academics voted to award NSA leaker Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate is trying to have the decision reversed, arguing that his actions don`t fulfill the required criteria.
The University of Rostock`s philosophy faculty decided by a large majority last week to award Snowden the title.

But rector Wolfgang Schareck said in a statement today that Snowden`s leaking to media of NSA documents doesn`t constitute the "special academic achievement" required by law in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for a doctorate to be granted.

Schareck says he filed a formal complaint and asked the philosophy faculty to reverse its decision. If it refuses, the state`s education ministry would have to decide whether the title can be awarded.