Universities under fire for donations from dictatorships

Universities should not accept donations from dictatorships, MPs have said, following a Telegraph investigation into donations made to British institutions by authoritarian regimes, write Camilla Turner and Harry Yorke for The Telegraph.

Experts have warned that universities should be subject to funding rules similar to political parties to prevent foreign powers from ‘buying’ influence at the heart of British higher education.

The Telegraph has identified dozens of cases where the UK’s leading universities have accepted sponsorship from regimes accused of links to terrorism or human rights violations. Hundreds of millions of pounds are funnelled into British universities from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, with funds often earmarked for setting up Middle Eastern or Islamic study centres.
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