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Islamic Centre Mocks ANU Claim to Academic Authority – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

Defenders of the Australian National University’s decision to rebuff establishment of the Ramsay centre, a dedicated institute to study Western civilisation, say they did so to preserve academic independence.
In a June 5 statement, ANU vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt explained that the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation’s vision was inconsistent with that of the university and implied that the Ramsay Centre board’s unapologetic embrace of Western civilisation would compromise the university’s “academic integrity, autonomy and freedom”.
He then lamented that critics juxtaposed the ANU’s rejection of the Ramsay Centre with its indulgence of its Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies which he said “does great work on behalf of Australia that should make us all proud”. Alas, on several fronts, Schmidt and those celebrating the ANU’s Ramsay rejection miss the point.
First, consider Schmidt’s lionisation of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies. In reality, that centre has made the ANU an academic laughing

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