Dept. of Education Opens Investigation into Harvard, Yale over Chinese, Saudi Funding

The Education Department has opened an investigation into Harvard and Yale amid suspicions that the Ivy League schools failed to report about hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from foreign countries, some of which are openly hostile to the U.S.
Officials said in a letter this week that they are probing whether the universities accepted about $375 million from China, Iran, Russia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In some cases, the schools actively sought out the foreign funding from sources potentially looking to steal research or “spread propaganda benefiting foreign governments,” according to Education Department documents. The funding did not, however, go towards reducing tuition costs for students.

Universities are required by law to report gifts and contracts from foreign sources worth more than $250,000 per year.

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