In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on April 14, Marie Lynn Miranda, Notre Dame's Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, discussed the need to balance protecting sensitive research and intellectual property from exploitation by foreign governments with the need to welcome students and faculty members from around the globe—mentioning China and Asia specifically.
“I do want to emphasize that some of our most talented graduate students, some of our most talented faculty, people who are contributing in enormous ways to the productivity of the United States, are coming from other countries, including from China, other parts of Asia,” she said.
Citing her father as an example of an immigrant whose research contributed to the US, she elaborated: “The carefulness with which we have to protect our intellectual property, the systems that we have to build are so critically important. But I want to make sure we build those in a way where we still welcome the most talented people from across the world to come and study here and stay here. Because this is the place where the very best researchers want to live because of the American democratic system and the values that are here and the way that our research enterprise works.”