‘University Watch’ Scrutinizes Corporate Influence

‘University Watch’ Scrutinizes Corporate Influence 1

Gordon Welters for The Chronicle

Christian Humborg is managing director of Transparency International Germany, which helped 
develop the University Watch website (on screen) to track partnerships with business.

Christian Humborg wants German universities and corporations to know they’re being watched.

As managing director of Transparency International Germany, a nongovernmental organization focused on anticorruption efforts, Mr. Humborg sees a troubling trend in German higher education as more top-name universities embrace "strategic partnerships" with corporations and seek to commercialize their research.

Such collaborations are not entirely new to