Academic Freedom

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Watching China Watching Its Students Overseas

Where ideological issues such as Hong Kong and Taiwan are concerned, Australian lecturers tell of how a vocal minority of international Chinese students are attempting to police teaching materials and class discussions.

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Report: Putting the Academic Freedom Index into Action

“Free Universities: Putting the Academic Freedom Index Into Action,” a report released by the Global Public Policy Institute in March, works as part of an effort to put the Academic Freedom Index (AFi) into action.

4 weeks ago
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Do Academics Themselves Undermine Freedom of Expression?

Spats, fall-outs and intellectual and personal feuds have long been commonplace among scholars. And, because critiques of ideas and publications are also exercises in freedom of expression, they are integral to the rough and tumble of academic life. But British universities are now facing much more insidious challenges…

2 years ago
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The Perils of Industry Funded Research

Funders from private industry — which represent two-thirds of funding in medical research, for example — can go great lengths to suppress the publication of findings which appear unfavorable. How can academic freedom be protected with this monumental funding shift?

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More Must be Done to Preserve the Freedom to Research

I had no reservations about conducting research in the UAE. And I underwent a rigorous ethical and fieldwork assessment and was sure to follow established protocols before and during my trip. Yet I was imprisoned for nearly seven months …

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Academic Freedom

Defending Increasingly Threatened Academic Freedoms Globally

Academic freedom is under threat everywhere. Not only do some countries perpetrate direct attacks on students and scholars. But the internationalization of higher education has also created new global threats for both scholars and students. Here is how to defend academic freedom.

2 years ago
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Special Pleading: Free Speech and Australian Universities

This is an edited version of a speech given by Glyn Davis, distinguished professor of political science at the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University, at a summit to explore issues of academic freedom and autonomy hosted by the Australian National University.

3 years ago
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