Feb 6, 2006

The whores of academia

The UK's Birmingham University will train students from an Iranian nuclear research center.
Birmingham University will this September receive the first batch of 60 students from Amirkabir University in Tehran. Amirkabir has been accused by intelligence agencies of operating as a front for the secret purchase of nuclear technology by Iran.

The scheme, devised by Birmingham to plug a predicted £800,000 deficit, may be forced to close if the United Nations imposes sanctions against Iran.

Mark Fitzpatrick, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said: “Any kind of technical exchange with organisations that are involved in Iran’s nuclear or missile work would likely fall to a cut-off at a later stage.”

The Iranian university has helped develop technology used in the manufacture of nuclear warheads, and its engineers are carrying out research into missile guidance systems.

This could be a series, starting with Georgetown and Harvard accepting $20-million donations from from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud of Saudi Arabia.

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