Friday, November 17, 2006

What? Universities Don't Create Intelligent People?

And here I thought that if you went to a university you were trained in logical analysis thinking, were introduced to the philosphy of ethics and morals and...oh, well, maybe not.

Universities to get guidance on tackling extremism

Britain faces a serious threat from Muslim extremists trying to recruit university students to terrorism, the higher education minister, Bill Rammell, will warn today.
Mr Rammell will release new guidance on what lecturers should do to tackle violent groups targeting vulnerable undergraduates and preaching hatred on campus.

The guidance contains advice on how to respond if staff suspect groups are circulating extremist literature to students or if they are concerned about radical speakers visiting a university.

Mr Rammell insisted Muslims were not being singled out - but he stressed that the threat from Islamic radicals must be faced head on.

He said: "The guidance provides a recognition - that I believe must be faced squarely - that violent extremism in the name of Islam is a real, credible and sustained threat to the UK.

"And that there is evidence of serious, but not widespread, Islamist extremist activity in higher education institutions.

"This guidance is not about targeting one particular community. It is about promoting safety within higher education institutions and the wider community and about higher education providers taking their responsibilities for the safety and welfare of all their staff and students very seriously."

He added: "It is also about protecting vulnerable students from bullying and harassment and other recruiting tactics of violent extremist groups."

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