Weekly Report - 28 September 2023 (WR-23-39)

NICARAGUA: Another prestigious academic institution shuttered

The government led by President Daniel Ortega has closed the Nicaraguan campus of the Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas (Incae) business school – one of Central America’s leading business schools, which is sometimes referred to as ‘Harvard South’. In line with the crackdown on dissent by the Ortega government, the move against Incae, which also has a campus in Costa Rica, comes less than two months after the assets were seized of the Jesuit Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), widely considered one of the sub-region’s top private universities [WR-23-34]. This prompted regional think tank Centro de Estudios Transdisciplinarios de Centroamérica (Cetcam) to warn of a strategy by the Ortega government of “converting universities into indoctrination centres”, adding this had “implications for the country’s development”.

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