Cairo, London, Tripoli: No fees, no cuts, no blood money
February 23, 2011 Leave a comment
University Vice Chancellors, whose organisation Universities UK will be holding its members’ meeting this Thursday, are preparing to hike up tuition fees and make attacks on the jobs, pay and pensions of uni workers. A number of universities also have links with the regimes repressing protests in the Middle East and the companies that arm them.
The London School of Economics (LSE) Centre for Global Governance accepted a £1.5million donation from Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, public face of the murderous dictatorship in Libya. Students are now occupying the senior common room to demand the return of Gaddafi’s blood money to the Libyan people.
Senior officials from UCL, Cambridge Uni, Imperial College and Bangor Uni are joining David Cameron as he tours the Middle East promoting the sale of weapons to some of the most oppressive regimes in the world. A number of universities also have shares in arms companies.
This is the darker side of neoliberalism in higher education. Universities have to “diversify their funding base” – in other words, accept money from whoever is offering, from dictators to arms dealers, without questioning the human cost.