Universities Can Be Global or Serve the National Interest. But Not Both.

Campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
The Department of Education cracks down on alleged foreign funding of Yale and Harvard.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ast week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Education had opened investigations into Harvard and Yale for allegedly failing to disclose billions in donations from foreign governments. The department claims that American universities received as much as $6.5 billion in unreported gifts from countries including China and Saudi Arabia.

Foreign governments use donations to influence the work of professors and gain access to intellectual property. China’s Thousand Talents Plan, which figures into the investigation, has funneled money to 3,000 university faculty members. In return, Beijing requires them to turn over intellectual property to which they have access, as

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