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British Academics Slam Education Links with Uzbekistan

from Eurasianet.org, 16 February 2012

Lecturers from the London Metropolitan University have called on their vice chancellor to cease all operations in Uzbekistan following a February 12 editorial in The Guardian criticizing the West for turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in the Central Asian state. [read more]


University attacked for Saudi links

By Chris Marshall, Edinburgh Evening News, Monday 15 August 2011

DRINKS giant Coca-Cola and the Saudi royal family are among the biggest foreign donors to Edinburgh University, new figures have shown. Information obtained by the Evening News shows the university has received more than 6 million in corporate sponsorship over the past five years. The bulk of the money comes from the Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation, a charity headed by Prince Alwaleed, a billionaire businessman and nephew of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. [read more]


Syrian funding causes embarrassment: University of St Andrews to review acceptance of funding arranged by Bashar al-Assad's controversial regime in Damascus

By Peter Beaumont and Jeevan Vasagar, The Guardian, Wednesday 27 April 2011

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The University of St Andrews has received more than 100,000 in funding from Bashar al-Assad's regime for its centre for Syrian studies. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Mideast Unrest Reawakens Concern Over Taint of Foreign Money

A prestigious British university is to review the work of one of its academic research centres because its funding was arranged by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, the Guardian can reveal. The University of St Andrews, where Prince William and Kate Middleton studied, has received more than 100,000 in funding for its centre for Syrian studies with the assistance of Syria's ambassador to the UK, Sami Khiyami

Sam Westrop, a spokesman for a student-run campaign to ensure ethical funding of universities, said that it would put pressure on St Andrews to explain its Syrian links. [read more]


Durham University accepted 11,000 donation from Iran
By Richard Garner, Education Editor, The Independent, Friday 18 March 2011

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Research grants from Middle East sources worth more than 700,000 have been received by Durham University. Photo: Alamy

Durham University has been paid more than 700,000 in research grants from Middle East sources, including 11,000 from the Iranian government. Concern is growing about the involvement of dictatorships in UK higher education funding in the wake of the furore over Saif Gaddafi's 300,000 payment on a planned donation of 1.5m to the London School of Economics. [read more]


University of Sheffield’s 6.5m deals with Saudi Arabia
By by Mikey Smith, forgetoday.com, 11 March 2011

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The University of Sheffield has received more than 6.5m in funding from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in return for sending three researchers to a Saudi state university, and providing consultancy services.

Attention has been drawn to the human rights record of the oil rich nation after Saudi police fired upon protesters calling for social and economic reform yesterday. [read more]



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