Uni of Beds: shocked about recent events
14 December 2010, 15:22
The University of Bedfordshire - which is where the Suicide Bomber, who carried out an attack in Sweden this weekend, studied - says it has never been involved with extremeism of any sort.
28-year-old Taimour Abdulwahab - who lived in Luton - registered with the uni in 2001 and graduated with a BSc in Sports Therapy three years later.
Les Ebdon - who's the Vice Chancellor at the University - said he was shocked about the recent events. In a statement he said:
"I was appointed Vice Chancellor in 2003 and am proud of the harmonious environment all our students enjoy at all our campuses.
"The University enjoys a good relationship with all its student societies including the Islamic Society. All student society speakers are approved by the Students' Union and the Chaplaincy.
"We haven't had any cases of extremist activities on campus while I've been Vice Chancellor and I am saddened to see certain sections of the media publishing the allegations that a University of Luton student was killed in 2001 fighting with the Taliban and that students are being “radicalised” on campus. This is entirely untrue, without any factual evidence and has been previously exposed as a lie.
“The University and its students refute any implication that it is or even has been involved in extremism of any sort.
“In the sort of world we all live in we are not complacent and would always give our full cooperation to any of the appropriate authorities.
"The University has a proactive approach to community relations and contributes and supports a wide range of initiatives in Bedfordshire."