Foreign Funding at Harvard and Yale

The United States Department of Education is scrutinizing the sources of funding at Harvard and Yale. The two schools are accused of failing to report foreign income as part of a U.S. DOE crackdown.

The United States Department of Education is investigating Harvard University and Yale University over allegedly failing to report foreign funding from nations including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Russian, Iran, and China. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education is accusing these schools of taking money from hostile nations — nations that hope to steal intellectual property and research from these very American institutions. Yale has been accused of failing to disclose a whopping $375 million of such foreign funding; the school failed to report such revenue between 2014-2017. The U.S. DOE previously opened probes of not reporting foreign funding at universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and Georgetown University.

Harvard, Yale Accused of Not Reporting Some Foreign Revenue

As Kate O’Keeffe reports for The Wall Street Journal in a piece entitled “Education Department Investigating Harvard, Yale Over Foreign Funding,” “The investigations into the Ivy League schools are the latest in a clash between U.S. universities and a coalition of federal officials including law enforcement, research funders such as the National Institutes of Health, and a bipartisan group in Congress that have raised concerns about higher-education institutions’ reliance on foreign money, particularly from China. Representatives for Harvard and Yale said their universities are working on responses to the Education Department…U.S. universities have generally defended their international collaborations and said the Education Department’s reporting requirements remain unclear, which officials deny.”

This probe, of course, all comes on the heels of the arrest of Harvard University Professor Charles Lieber, a professor of chemistry and nanotechnology. Lieber was arrested for allegedly making false statements to the U.S. government about having received research funding from China. As the trade war between the U.S. and China continues to escalate, it would not surprise us if our U.S. DOE opened up more foreign funding probes at our nation’s elite universities. Stay tuned!


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