Academic freedom

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Wednesday, 16 October 2019


Editor's note

When British academic Matthew Hedges was jailed in the United Arab Emirates last year on spying charges, he joined a long list of scholars from around the world who have been targeted and prosecuted for simply carrying out their research. During his detainment, Hedges was held in solitary confinement, force-fed drugs and battled depression, along with thoughts of self-harm and suicide.

There have been hundreds of similar cases, and while Hedge’s imprisonment prominently featured in the UK media, the wider ramifications for the research community have been largely overlooked. Hedges writes about why his time in the UAE shows how bureaucracy-led universities are not equipping their students and staff with the appropriate skills and competencies needed to undertake their job in today’s world.

Holly Squire

Health, Society and Education Editor

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