Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Funding university studies

Last March, the UK think tank Centre for Social Cohesion published a report detailing the funding from foreign governmental sources that underwrites strategically important studies in many UK universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, and the London School of Economics.

The report notes: "The UK’s finest universities are taking money from some of the world’s worst dictatorships – Iran, Saudi Arabia and China, all nations with appalling human rights records, are significant contributors to venerable UK institutions ...

There is clear evidence that, at some universities, the choice of teaching materials, the subject areas, the degrees offered, the recruitment of staff, the composition of advisory boards and even the selection of students are now subject to influence from donors."

I suspect a study of U.S. universities would produce similar results.

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