Following a speech, translated by Campaign Against Antisemitism, in which Mohamed Farid Fouad Khamis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the British University in Egypt (BUE) and one of its principal donors, promoted the antisemitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion, we wrote to the British Government to obtain assurances that the BUE would receive no further assistance whilst Mr Khamis remained associated with it. Mr Khamis’ speech, delivered at an event in March, was no mere passing reference to the antisemitic Protocols, but contained long passages in which he claimed that rabbis had convened to decide how Jews should control the world.
We have now received assurances that the Government and Loughborough University have already terminated their association with the BUE, with the final contract ending in December.
The Minister of State for International Development, the Rt Hon. Alistair Burt MP, confirmed to us in a letter that the Department for International Development does not provide assistance to BUE, writing: “I share your commitment to tackle antisemitism in all its forms, including in the perpetuation of the slanders within the Protocols of the Elders of Zion…I note your concerns about BUE very carefully. Thank you.”
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) confirmed that Loughborough University previously had a validation agreement with the BUE, whereby students passing courses at the BUE would receive their degree from Loughborough University, however the agreement was terminated in 2012. Under the termination clause of the agreement, the final degrees will be awarded in December this year, at which point the relationship will end.
We are pleased that the Department for International Development and HEFCE have investigated the matter thoroughly and, in the case of the former, that the matter has received ministerial oversight.
The only association with Britain that the BUE now has is its name.