Statement regarding universities and foreign interference

15 December 2017
In response to ongoing media coverage, University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence has rejected suggestions that universities are not abiding by the law.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence issues the following:

“If either Professor Hamilton or Mr Jennings have any actual evidence of inappropriate collaboration with other nations, the University of Sydney would be grateful to receive this information.

“Unless that is possible, we think they should stop impugning the integrity of our researchers.

“Our academics are already subject to numerous state and federal laws which govern our operations, as well as the University’s own policies and practices that protect against inappropriate foreign influence over their activities.

“World class universities collaborate internationally. The University of Sydney is open to quality collaborations in research with any country with which Australia has diplomatic relations.”