University in Scotland Says Edward Snowden Should Be “Honored” and Elects Him as University Rector

The University of Glasgow has elected Edward Snowden as University Rector (the students’ elected representative),

Founded in 1451, The University of Glasgow is located in Scotland. Also according to the Glasgow’s website  the University is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world.

According to BBC the role of the University Rector is…

 to attend the university court, which administers resources, work with the students’ representative council, and to bring student concerns to the attention of university management.”

This may be a small admin position at an abroad University, but it does stand as another indicator that other countries do not agree with the United State’s whistleblower laws.

 Edward Snowden fled the US last May and has been in asylum in Russia ever since. In a previous post on the Higher Learning I discussed more in detail about Edward Snowden’s situation with his asylum in Russia and his possible return home.

Mainly, Snowden is not returning to the US right now because our government would prosecute him. The University of Glasgow felt quite the opposite about this stating…

we’ve shown that we oppose mass surveillance and intrusion to our private lives and that also we stand in solidarity – that we believe whistleblowers should be honoured and they’re heroes rather than traitors.”

The University actually has a pretty awesome campus. Check Out some pics of it below.


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