Perhaps as important, the entree to schools like M. Another way to view the Saudi relationship with American universities is as a form of branding; its recent moves to sponsor prominent sporting events serve the same purpose. After the morning at M. No one asked him about Yemen or about much of anything else. Administrators at universities with ties to Saudi Arabia emphasize their role as a liberalizing influence. The University of New Haven, a private school that has a criminal-justice program, helps educate Saudi law-enforcement officers.
Kaplan, told me that his institution had created a curriculum based on American constitutional law that would make Saudi students less likely to be involved in any activities like rounding up, torturing or executing dissidents. He acknowledged that he had no way of knowing for sure what activities students were involved in once they graduated. To critics, the universities are selling their good names. Sally Haslanger, an M. Halfway through the evening, Ruth Perry, a professor of literature at M.
The debate over Saudi involvement in American higher education echoes the movement a generation ago that pushed universities to divest from apartheid-era South Africa, and more recently, calls from some quarters for schools to disassociate from Israel in protest of its occupation of the Palestinian territories. Faculty members and students — as well as the surrounding communities in urban centers like Cambridge — often want universities to reflect their own sense of moral clarity and outrage.
University administrators, in almost all cases, resist. The top spot is occupied by Qatar, another oil-rich Persian Gulf state and a bitter rival of Saudi Arabia.
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American strategic adversaries on the list, including Russia and China, reveal some other relationships — like M. Its president is the billionaire oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, who was also an M. The totals on the foreign gifts report are incomplete, probably significantly so. Not all universities comply with the reporting rule in the same way, and some appear not to comply at all.
The universities themselves are not clear about what they should report. The agreements are part of a much larger picture: M. Most other major research universities have similar consortiums, a concept M. Companies pay a membership fee to sponsor research and benefit from the findings. The Media Lab is another corporate consortium. Its roots are entrepreneurial, not academic. The Saudi associations raise another question, which is whether universities should take a political or moral stand. The measure is unlikely to survive the expected presidential veto. When I visited Shireen al-Adeimi at Michigan State, eight months after she spoke on the sidewalk in Cambridge, she was clear about what she thought M.
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Would they be so cautious about how they respond? He was born in Yorkshire, in northern England, and still speaks with a British accent. There are certainly reasons for those on campuses — or anywhere, really — to fear speaking out against the Saudi regime. It was a fairly diplomatic rebuke. One Saudi student in the United States whom I asked to interview said he would participate only if I shielded his identity.
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