The National Desk: Billions of Dollars in Foreign Funding Sent to Top US Colleges and Universities 61_TND_foreign_funding_for_universities

August 25, 2023 10:12 AM


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American universities and colleges have received billions of dollars from foreign countries and adversaries. Three of the top five countries that have pumped money into higher education in the U.S. are China, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.


Open The Books CEO Adam Andrzejewski joined The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat Friday to discuss.

“Foreign influence on gifts and grants since 1990 is a big number. It’s $43 billion and roughly one out of every four of those foreign gifts and grants have come from those three countries who oftentimes don't have U.S. interests at heart,” he said. “They're adversarial to our foreign policy positions and the American way of life. That's Qatar, Saudi Arabia and China.”

The U.S. has taken steps to safeguard American Universities. During the Trump administration, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos mandated Universities to comply with federal transparency reporting. This would ensure that universities report the gifts they receive from foreign countries which includes billions of dollars.

“Just since 2017. Actually, those three countries have put an additional $2.6- $3.3 billion into America's institutions of higher education,’ Andrzejewski said. “Since 1990, they've put $7 billion worth of money so that the pace of the gifts is actually increasing.”

Andrzejewski said it’s important for universities to educate their employees on the risks and vet foreign entities before doing business with them.


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