Prince gives Cambridge University £8m for Islamic studies

Cambridge University has been given £8 million by a Saudi Arabian prince to establish an Islamic studies centre, British newspaper reported on Sunday.

Prince gives Cambridge University £8m for Islamic studies

Cambridge University has been given £8 million by a Saudi Arabian prince to establish an Islamic studies centre, British newspaper Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday.

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, ranked in the top 20 richest men in the world, with a fortune of about £10 billion, has donated the cash to the university to fund a centre in his name for the study of the role of Islam in the Middle East and globally.

The gift has been recommended by the university's general board and is expected to be announced in June.

According to the report, a renowned philanthropist, the prince has made two donations of £10 million to establish Islamic studies centres at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Georgetown, in Washington. He also gave £10 million to fund an Islamic art wing at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Kingdom Foundation, his Riyadh-based charity, has earmarked £100 million for projects aimed at improving understanding between the West and the Islamic world.

The gift to Cambridge, which will transform its Islamic studies department, follows news of a £4 million donation to the university to widen access from alumnus and businessman Harvey McGrath, former chairman of the Man Group.

About 15 institutions in Britain offer more than 200 courses in Islamic or Middle Eastern studies. Last year, the Government defined Islamic studies as a "strategically important subject". British universities receive more than £200 million a year in donations, with at least 50 institutions engaged in fund-raising.

Last Mod: 07 Nisan 2008, 08:50
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