As our nation’s leading research universities, we are committed to protecting America’s national security and fostering its economic prosperity. U.S. universities, the federal government, and the private sector have a shared responsibility to ensure that our scientific enterprise and intellectual property are secure from foreign threats. Every year, thousands of the world’s best and brightest come to our nation to learn, teach, share, research, work, and innovate. We must keep our doors open to all those who have contributed – and will contribute – to expanding our economy, upholding American ideals, and improving our way of life.
As we defend against security threats, we must preserve America’s values of openness, freedom of expression, and the free exchange of scientific ideas. We are fully committed to protecting our nation, its interests, and the core ideals on which it was founded.
Founded in 1900, the Association of American Universities comprises 62 distinguished institutions that continually advance society through education, research, and discovery.
Our universities earn the majority of competitively awarded federal funding for academic research, are improving human life and wellbeing through research, and are educating tomorrow’s visionary leaders and global citizens.
AAU members collectively help shape policy for higher education, science, and innovation; promote best practices in undergraduate and graduate education; and strengthen the contributions of research universities to society.