No respected college would reject funding as a result of it did not just like the politics of the donor’s board, Sydney College’s appearing vice chancellor has argued in defence of a proposed partnership with the Ramsay Centre.
After 5 departments wrote open letters arguing Ramsay cash would damage the college’s popularity, the provost and appearing vice chancellor, Professor Stephen Garton, responded saying extra humanities funding may really strengthen it.
“My very own view is that it will be very troublesome, in reputational phrases, to justify the refusal of funding, in any other case than on the grounds that doing so would compromise our educational freedom,” Professor Garton mentioned in a letter to employees.
“It has by no means been college coverage to reject funding from a donor merely on the premise that we didn’t just like the politics of the folks on the board of the funding physique. No respected college on this planet would conduct its philanthropy marketing campaign on such a foundation.”
Regardless of vocal protests from many employees fearful course in western civilisation amounted to cultural imperialism, Sydney College is in negotiations with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation over tens of millions of in funding for a course in western custom.