- The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into foreign funding for Harvard and Yale universities.
- An ongoing review has shown that US universities have not reported $ 6.5 billion in foreign investment, the Wall Street Journal reported.
- Foreign funds flow to the richest universities in the United States, but "they do not reduce or compensate for the tuition fees of American students," a departmental document said.
- Officials are seeking information that is particularly related to funding funds from Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Qatar and Iran and are raising concerns about national security.
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Foreign funding has put Harvard and Yale in the crosshairs of an investigation by the Department of Education.
In an ongoing review, officials found that US universities failed to report at least $ 6.5 billion from countries like China and Saudi Arabia. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday,
Universities in the United States are required to report all foreign contracts and gifts that, individually or collectively, total $ 250,000 or more in a calendar year.
Education department-reviewed documents that describe higher education institutions as "multi-billion dollar multinationals that use opaque foundations, overseas locations, and other sophisticated legal structures to generate revenue."
According to the journal, concerns about education come from universities demanding money from authoritarian governments and companies such as China and Saudi Arabia. In return, these companies want to steal and research Spread propagandathe department claims.
Harvard University was asked to disclose all investments made by the governments of China, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. Officials are also looking for information about China-based Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp., the Russian Kaspersky Lab and Skolkovo Foundation, and the Iranian Alavi Foundation.
Yale has been accused of not reporting an estimated $ 375 million in foreign funding between 2014 and 2017. Ministry of Education officials are asking them to keep records of contributions from Saudi Arabia, China, Qatar and other countries. They also request additional information about foreign sources of funding from the Yale Law School's Paul Tsai China Center and the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs, the journal said.
Some universities have resisted the obvious national security concerns, stating that research should not be restricted and, especially among Chinese employees, is necessary to advance science and help people around the world.
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