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Response from SOAS Regarding Guardian Article on Libyan University

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16 March 2011

The Guardian newspaper published a story on 8 March which has led some to make a link between our academic collaboration with AlFateh University and Mutassim Gaddafi, who undertook some English language tuition over a four week period in the summer of 2006 at SOAS.

The Guardian has today published a notice in its Corrections and Clarifications section which explains that no such link exists

SOAS has had an established academic collaboration with AlFateh University since 2002 as part of the University of London’s distance learning programme.  This programme allows students to combine studying for recognised qualifications with work and family commitments, without having to live in London. 

SOAS signed an agreement with AlFateh University in 2010 to deliver a distance learning programme which was classroom based and involved an academic visiting AlFateh University to deliver lectures.  The programme is an MSc in Finance

Mutassim Gaddafi was not involved in establishing this academic collaboration.  

SOAS has not received any gifts from the Libyan regime or from AlFateh University.  SOAS has only received fees for delivering teaching at AlFateh University.

As an expert institution in the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, SOAS is committed to the delivery of higher education in these regions where such expertise is not widely available.

Notes for Editors

Students on this distance learning programme in finance are awarded University of London degrees.  The University of London has been delivering distance learning around the world since the 19th Century.

For further information, contact:

Johannah Flaherty 
Communications Manager
Directorate of External Relations & Development
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
+44 (0)20 7898 4956|  j.flaherty@soas.ac.uk