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.