Amid Row Over Influence, Deal to Establish Trinity Islamic Centre Nearly Collapsed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The controversial establishment of a Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity, paid for by an educational charity founded by Dubai’s deputy ruler, nearly collapsed in 2016 after a dispute over how much influence Trinity would be allowed to exercise over it, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 24 September]

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Al Maktoum ‘Gift’ Raises Urgent Questions About Who Trinity Does Business With

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, when the College announced the receipt of a ‘generous gift’ of an undisclosed amount from the Al Maktoum Foundation – a charity established by the deputy ruler of Dubai – to create a Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, headlines were made around Ireland. It was hardly a surprise that newspapers were interested …” (more)

[University Times, 7 July]

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Robinson insists she has ‘no knowledge’ of centre funded by Dubai royals

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The establishment of the Al Maktoum Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity College Dublin was perhaps bad timing for former President Mary Robinson. The announcement came amid a renewed focus on TCD chancellor Ms Robinson’s controversial link to Dubai’s ruling family …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 2 July]

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Dubai royal family to fund TCD centre for Middle Eastern studies

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has refused to reveal how much money is being donated by the Al Maktoum Foundation for the establishment of a new centre for Middle Eastern studies at the university. The foundation is owned by the ruling royal family of Dubai, which has been accused of human rights abuses …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 1 July]

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‘Generous gift’ to fund four new professorships at Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A ‘generous gift’ from a foundation closely linked to the royal family of Dubai and the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates is to fund four new professorships at Trinity College Dublin. Following the forming of a ‘strategic alliance’ between the university and the Al Maktoum College of Higher Education in Dundee, TCD has announced it is to open a new centre of Middle Eastern studies to promote research of the subject in Ireland …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 1 July]

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