Marco Rubio: It’s time to shed light on the hostile nations that fund American higher education


This week, the US Senator. Marco rubio, R-Fla., Introduced the “Law on Better Knowledge of Foreign Transactions (GIFT) in Higher Education. “

The proposal “would target gifts and donations from designated foreign adversaries to US colleges and universities” and “would also take into account higher education institutions and the US Department of Education more responsible for reporting requirements under Article 117 of the Higher Education Act 1965 (HEA), which governs the declaration of foreign gifts.

Rubio’s proposal would include China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Syria and Venezuela as hostile foreign powers.

“Hostile foreign adversaries, including the Chinese Communist Party, regularly seek to infiltrate our higher education institutions to steal our research and exploit our intellectual property,” Rubio said this week. “There is absolutely no reason for the bad actors to conduct these foreign influence operations that seek to undermine America. We need to bring greater transparency to donations from foreign adversaries and hold our institutions and the Ministry of Education more accountable for reporting these transactions in a timely manner. “

we Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, co-sponsor the proposal.

“If a university accepts foreign money or gifts, its students, donors and taxpayers deserve to know,” Cramer said. “Our bill would improve oversight of foreign funding in higher education by requiring universities to ensure that their reports are complete, accurate and transparent.

Rubio’s bill would increase disclosures under Section 117 of the HEA and require colleges and universities to report all donations of $ 50,000 or more within 30 days. The bill would also require the US Department of Education to publish information on foreign donations to colleges and universities within 30 days of notification by schools.

The invoice has been sent to US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Work, and Pensions. So far there is no counterpart in the US House.

Contact Kevin Derby at [email protected]


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