A total of 50 Turkish academics working at Qafqaz University Baku, will not have their contracts renewed, Azeri authorities announced on Aug. 17.

According to Elmar Gasimov, the dismissed academics – including professors, department heads and deans are suspected of links to Gülen Movement, of which the Turkish government accuses of being behind the failed July 15 coup.

Gasimov also stated that Azerbaijani academics has been assigned in place of the dismissed staff. The dismissed Turkish academics will leave the country by the end of August, he added.