Universities under fire for politicising honorary degrees
Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge withdrew Ho’s honorary law degree in October, claiming he “has caused increasing concern”, after a member of the British parliament urged the ARU to withdraw his degree based on an allegation of Ho shaking hands with individuals allegedly related to an attack on a passenger train at Yuen Long in July.
“This is not the first time that Western universities, which assert academic independence from politics and flaunt academic freedom, have used degree-stripping as a tool to crush Eastern politicians with different ideologies and political positions,” Zhang Yiwu, a professor at Peking University, told the Global Times. “This has been a long tradition in Western universities if you remember how Aung San Suu Kyi’s award was suspended by a UK union and Bristol University in 2017 over Myanmar’s crisis,” he said.
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