Written by Student Rights on 20 October 2013 at 1pm

Sunday Times: UK universities backed by ‘repressive’ regimes (£)

By Richard Kerbaj

20th October 2013

British universities have received more than £100m in tuition fees and other payments from countries condemned by human rights campaigners as repressive.

Regimes including Syria, Iran and Libya under Colonel Muammar Gadaffi paid large sums to some of the UK’s most respected academic institutions while stifling freedom of speech and cracking down on dissent.

Research by Students Rights, part of the Henry Jackson Society, a think tank, found that in the decade between 2001-2 and 2011-12, Iran alone paid almost £2m to British universities. Over the same period, Syria paid more than £1.9m and Libya more than £20m.