College Investments And Links To Chinese Companies and Universities

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Dear Clare College, Cambridge,

This is a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Could you please provide:

(1) A list of companies which the College holds stocks and shares in, specifying how many shares are held and the approximate value of the shareholding.

(2) A list of exchange traded funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, index funds, commodities, hedge funds, and bonds that the college has investments in, including the approximate value of each.

(3) In the case of any indirectly held or fund-based investments a breakdown of the companies invested in through the fund, including the percentage of the total fund made up by each holding.

(4) A list of donations from and other professorships, fellowships, institutes or any other academic opportunities funded by Chinese companies including, but not limited to:

- Huawei
- Alibaba
- Tencent
- China Electronics Technology Group Corporation
- Yitu
- Megvii
- SenseTime
- CloudWalk
- Hikvision

(5) A list of any other instances of cooperation, academic or otherwise, between the College and universities and companies based in China.

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Thank you very much for your assistance with this request. If you would like any clarification on the information I have asked for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to receiving your response in the next 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Oliver Walsh

Emma R. Easterbrook, Clare College, Cambridge

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Walsh,

 

Re: Freedom of Information request - College Investments And Links To
Chinese Companies and Universities

 

I refer to your e-mail below dated 20 July 2021, the contents of which are
noted.  The response on behalf of Clare College regarding your request for
information made under the Freedom of Information Act 2020 is as follows:

 

1) A list of companies which the College holds stocks and shares in,
specifying how many shares are held and the approximate value of the
shareholding.

See attachment for the College’s endowment valuation as at 31 December
2020.  Any further information held by the College is exempt under section
41 of the Act.  Disclosure of this information would constitute an
actionable breach of confidence and so disclosure would also be unlawful
under the Act.  In these circumstances, Section 41 of the Freedom of
Information Act confers an absolute exemption on disclosure and there is
no public interest test to apply.

 

(2) A list of exchange traded funds, private equity funds, mutual funds,
index funds, commodities, hedge funds, and bonds that the college has
investments in, including the approximate value of each.

See answer to Question 1) above.

 

(3) In the case of any indirectly held or fund-based investments a
breakdown of the companies invested in through the fund, including the
percentage of the total fund made up by each holding.

See answer to Question 1) above.

 

(4) A list of donations from and other professorships, fellowships,
institutes or any other academic opportunities funded by Chinese companies
including, but not limited to:

 

- Huawei

 

- Alibaba

 

- Tencent

 

- China Electronics Technology Group Corporation

 

- Yitu

 

- Megvii

 

- SenseTime

 

- CloudWalk

 

- Hikvision

Not applicable.

 

(5) A list of any other instances of cooperation, academic or otherwise,
between the College and universities and companies based in China.

Not applicable.

 

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internal review of the decision.  If, after following those procedures you
are still not satisfied with the way in which your request has been dealt
with you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  Generally, the Commissioner will not entertain your complaint
unless you have exhausted any relevant internal review procedures. 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Emma Easterbrook

 

Emma Easterbrook

Assistant Bursar

Clare College

Trinity Lane

Cambridge CB2 1TL

 

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[2]www.clare.cam.ac.uk

 

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