ational Review released Monday an unsettling investigative report about American universities and funds they receive from foreign nations. “While governments of allies such as England, Germany, and Italy all donate directly to U.S. colleges,” writes National Review, “roughly one-third of declared foreign funds come from nations that abuse human rights on a massive scale.”
American universities; the most liberal places on earth, where outrage and freedom of expression with zero consequences are as free-flowing as the oxygen in the air, receive billions of dollars from the most oppressive countries in the world. All credibility touting equality and fighting for human rights is completely gone.
“Following a series of investigations by the U.S. Department of Education, various universities reported receiving $6.6 billion in recent years from countries including Qatar, China, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates” reports National Review. The Education Department fears “this amount is a fraction of the true total” and the money could be considered a “national security risk.”
It’s the most elite institutions receiving the funds including “Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, Texas A&M, Cornell, and MIT.” Education Department records reviewed by the Clarion Project showed “between 2012 and 2019 Harvard has disclosed donations of $79,272,834 from China, $7,077,754 from Qatar, and $30,637,202 from Saudi Arabia.” MIT has disclosed “$83,358,344 in donations from Russia, $31,472,548 from China, and $83,100,000 from Saudi Arabia.”
Hypocrisy is the least of the problematic consequences. In March of 2018, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made a highly publicized trip to Boston’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology to promote multi-million dollar partnerships between the Saudi government and elite universities. Traveling with the prince was Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, “a diplomatic official who appeared to be acting as a bodyguard. Six months later, Mutreb would coordinate the killing of Saudi citizen and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.”
National Review notes just how close this scenario was to our universities. “Mutreb ‘had engaged with members of the M.I.T. community’ during the crown prince’s visit, associate provost Richard Lester old the New York Times in June 2019.” Lester said it was “an unwelcome and unsettling intrusion into our space, even though evident only in retrospect.” It’s doubtful any of the millions were returned on principle, but shame on these universities for taking money from the largest human rights violators on the national stage.