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Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Dalai Lama visit


23 April 2013

As you will know, the proposed visit of the Dalai Lama to the University in June has been the subject of sensationalist and misleading media reports.

Throughout discussions regarding the potential visit of His Holiness, the University and I personally have been consistently committed to the principle that academics can invite to the University anyone whom they believe has a legitimate contribution to make to public debate. It is not within the power of a Vice-Chancellor, or anyone else, to withdraw an invitation issued by an academic unit to an outside speaker, absent concerns such as public safety.

I am therefore pleased to advise that the Director of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, Professor John Keane, has this afternoon made the following statement.

"The Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR) at the University of Sydney and representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama have agreed to host an on-campus lecture for students at the University of Sydney, in mid-June 2013. This will be the first engagement of the Dalai Lama during his Australian tour.

The IDHR looks forward to hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama under the theme 'Education Matters'.

The University of Sydney and IDHR remain firmly committed to the principle that academics are free to invite to our campus anyone who has a legitimate contribution to make to public debate.

It is hoped the mid-June event will form part of a determined commitment of the University of Sydney to develop a constructive dialogue on matters concerning Tibet and the wider region."


Yours sincerely

Michael Spence