Saudi ties to US colleges come under mounting scrutiny

Saudi ties to US colleges come under mounting scrutiny

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tours an innovation gallery of Saudi Arabian technology, including an exhibit by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, during a visit to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., March 24, 2018. (Josh Reynolds/AP Images for KAUST)

BOSTON (AP) — US colleges and universities have received more than $350 million from the Saudi government this decade, yet some are rethinking their arrangements in the wake of the killing of a journalist that has ignited a global uproar against the oil-rich nation.

The Associated Press analyzed federal data and found that at least $354 million from the Saudi government or institutions it controls has flowed to 37 American schools since 2011. Much of the money was provided through a scholarship program that covers tuition for Saudis studying in the US, but at least $62 million came through contracts or gifts from the kingdom’s nationally owned companies and research institutes, the AP found.

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