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University of Liverpool scraps plan to open Egypt campus

Thursday 01 November 2018 12:02 PM

University of Liverpool
University of Liverpool

The Guardian:
Controversial plans by the University of Liverpool to open up a campus in Egypt have been scrapped in the face of opposition from academics, students and others.
The announcement comes after the Guardian reported earlier this year that leading British universities had been accused of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in Egypt in pursuit of opening campuses under the country’s authoritarian regime.
Leaked documents from the university’s senior executive warned that it faced “potential risk/ exposure to reputational damage that might be presented through a venture of this kind”.
The same documents, dated 26 September, stated that Egypt’s “political and operating environment” was “challenging”. It added that this was reflected in the Guardian’s publication of a letter from 200 prominent academics and others opposing the collaboration against the backdrop of unanswered questions about the abduction and murder of the Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni.
The Liverpool move comes as the British government and the advocacy group Universities UK have promoted partnerships between British higher education institutions and their Egyptian counterparts.