Due to the recent US federal government’s allegations against Huawei and the cybersecurity concerns raised by the US government, many institutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley said they would not accept Huawei’s fund.
In January this year, the federal prosecutor disclosed two cases against Huawei. The first is to accuse Huawei of bank fraud and claim that it violates US trade sanctions against Iran. The second is to accuse Huawei of stealing technology from T-Mobile’s headquarters. Statistics from the US Department of Education show that in the past six years, at least nine institutions have received funding from Huawei for a total of $10.5 million.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced in a memo on April 3 that the school will not conduct any transactions with Huawei in the future and will not renew existing transactions. The University of California at Berkeley also issued a ban on refusing to accept research funding from Huawei before the cancellation of Huawei’s allegations. However, the school still has an existing agreement with Huawei for a total of $7.8 million. The school said that most of the funding is for research centers, not for specific projects, and does not involve sensitive technology or knowledge. Berkeley has investigated whether Huawei has technology that may pose a cybersecurity threat. The school dismantled an off-campus video conferencing device donated by Huawei and said the device was not used for research. Huawei’s projects funded by the school cover a wide range of scientific fields such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, wireless technology, and network security.