Saudi Arabian companies and research organizations have donated at least $62 million to 37 U.S. universities since 2011. Amid the outcry over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death, some schools are reconsidering the kingdom’s generosity. Northwestern University is the biggest benefactor. The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology research center gave the school $14 million. It has also given $6 million to UCLA.
Saudi Aramco, the country’s national oil company, has funneled $20 million to American schools for research projects. Texas A&M has taken in $9 million, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has racked up $4 million. In March, Aramco pledged another $25 million to MIT for renewable energy and artificial intelligence research.
Those projects are now in doubt. Last month, MIT announced a “swift, thorough reassessment” of its ties to Saudi Arabia. Other schools, including Northwestern; University of California, Berkeley; and Tufts University aren’t ready to forego future funds yet. —L.J.