was he doin' a guttenberg?
Posted by dorian 8 years ago
THE LSE’s decision to confer a doctorate on Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saif, and subsequently accept a £1.5 million grant from him, is already causing the university — and its director Howard Davies — deep embarrassment.  
Now it transpires that this was not the end of the story. The Oxford University Press also did a deal with Saif Gaddafi to print his thesis in book form, a great honour as the OUP is regarded as a leader in academic publishing.  
Furthermore, word reaches the Londoner that Saif was said to be so pleased that he had even offered to purchase 20,000 copies of the book, an order so large that it would have put it on the bestseller lists.  
The OUP confirms that it has been in negotiations with Gaddafi Jr about the book, which was accepted on academic merit. However, as to whether it was expecting Gaddafi to pick up 20,000 copies, it couldn’t quite say. “Because of recent and on-going events in Libya, the publication of this title has been halted,” says a spokesman. “There’s nothing further I can add.” So have 20,000 copies of the PhD been printed? Are they still lurking somwhere in a warehouse? The OUP deal was clearly built on sand.  
So, too, it seems was Saif’s thesis, The Role of Civil Society in the Democratisation of Global Governance Institutions. The LSE, which has now been redubbed the Libyan School of Economics, has agreed to investigate claims that the work might have been plagiarised.