Philanthropy or propaganda?

UK“Large foreign donations are influencing courses at British universities, according to a new report. Does money from foreign donors come with strings attached? Dangerously so, according to research last week that claimed foreign governments have corrupted British universities and threatened their academic impartiality. The report, A Degree of Influence, from the Centre for Social Cohesion, lists the millions of pounds that leading UK universities have accepted from donors in the Middle East, Asia and Russia. Robin Simcox, the report’s author, says foreign donors that give enough money get a say in how things are run …” (more)

[Anthea Lipsett, Guardian, 7 April]

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