According to new data revealed by the U.S. Department of Education, several renowned universities such as Yale and Cornell, hid more than $3 billion in foreign donations and funds, many of which came from foreign regimes such as China and Qatar.
As indicated by the Washington Free Beacon, the study led by Project Clerion, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing threats from extremist groups and individuals to the security of the United States, universities inaccurately disclosed foreign funding to the Department of Education.
The actual amount universities received from foreigners
Between 2014 and 2019, a total of $11 billion in foreign funding was reported. However, data provided by Project Clerion shows that the actual figure exceeds $14 billion.
Among the institutions with the largest funding record anomalies are Cornell University, Texas A&M University, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Yale University.
Cornell initially reported receiving $340 million in foreign funds, although the actual figure is close to $1.3 billion, of which $800 million came from Qatar, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The University of Boulder in Colorado initially reported a total of $55 million in foreign funds although the actual figure is closer to $345 million, with 61 percent of it coming from the United Arab Emirates.
Yale initially reported $128 million in funding, but the actual figure is $496 million, with nearly $42 million coming from China, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Russia.
Foreign influence on university campuses is on the rise, and universities rarely disclose fiscal relations with foreign actors.
According to the Department of Education, there is concern about “unprecedented levels of access to foreign governments, corporations, and individuals without adequate oversight.”
“These colleges and universities actively solicit foreign governments, corporations, and nationals for funds although some donors are known to be hostile to the United States and may be seeking to project ‘soft power,’ steal sensitive and proprietary research and development data, and other intellectual property, and spread propaganda benefitting foreign governments,” according to a document from the Department of Education.
More than 100 U.S. universities are listed in federal records as having Confucius Institutes, a program that is backed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and is known to promote its propaganda, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Federal documents reveal that the CCP has funneled millions of dollars into American universities to support Confucius Institutes across the country. Universities such as the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland, and Emory University, which did disclose the funds, received a total of $30.4 million between 2014 and 2020 for their Confucius Institutes.