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Foreign Affairs Committee issues call for evidence on UK universities and autocracies

8 February 2023

The Foreign Affairs Committee has today issued a call for written evidence on UK universities’ engagement with autocracies. The evidence submitted will support the Committee’s work following up on its report “A cautious embrace: defending democracy in an age of autocracies”.

The deadline for submitting evidence is 22 February 2023.

The Committee welcomes written evidence on the following:

  • What measures have universities taken since 2019 to reduce the influence of the Chinese Communist Party or any other non-democratic regime on academic life and to protect academic freedom?
  • How can universities distinguish between beneficial and potentially harmful modes of academic engagement with autocracies?
  • What measures have the Government and universities taken, or are planning to take, to reduce financial reliance on Chinese students?

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