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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Minister Mitchell O’Connor to address Future Skills Needs and Gender Equality in Higher Education at the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister of State for Higher Education will attend the seventh edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (10th and 11th February), to participate in the Advanced Skills Global Policy Platform …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 February]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor leads Education Mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister of State for Higher Education is today embarking on an education mission to the United Arab Emirates (30th October to 1st November). The Minister will meet with a number of key partners, including her counterpart, HE Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 October]

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Barred lecturer issues UAE warning

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

United Arab Emirates“The United Arab Emirates is now ‘deeply inimical’ to university values, according to a lecturer from the London School of Economics and Political Science who was barred from entering the country …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 2 March]

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LSE Middle East conference abruptly cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“A top London university has abruptly pulled out of a conference scheduled to be held on Sunday in the United Arab Emirates. The London School of Economics (LSE) cited concerns about restrictions that ‘threatened academic freedom’ …” (more)

[Bill Law, BBC News, 22 February]

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Lecturer’s Arrest in the Emirates Stirs Debate Over Academic Freedom in the Middle East

Posted in Legal issues on April 18th, 2011 by steve

“The recent detention of a Sorbonne lecturer in the United Arab Emirates has rekindled the debate over the nature of academic freedom at Western institutions in the Persian Gulf region and the political impact those institutions, especially the high-profile new campus of New York University in Abu Dhabi, will have …” (more)

[David L Wheeler, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 April]

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RCSI in Bahrain to build alumni ties

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2011 by steve

“A delegation from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has travelled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a move designed to strengthen relations with its alumni in the region …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 31 January]

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