It will probably be helpful to fill in the background context in which the claim about university spending was originally made.
Tersely put, the claim appeared in a lengthy reply to a set of comments tacked on by a visitor at the end of another article on comparisons between the EU and the US . . . mainly involving the EU media and its shoddy professional standards, and more to the point, at the time of the Israel battle with Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank city of Jenin. That was in April 2002. With at best a handful of exceptions, the EU media's reporters were wholly inaccurate and full of prejudice: against the Israelis, and even --- as subsequent studies showed --- with taints of anti-Semitism. American reporting, by contrast, was far more balanced and far more accurate. There were no massacres of Palestinian civilians --- no 5000 and later 500 victims as the Palestinian Authority claimed and the EU media tended, in a hurry-scurry leap to judgment, happily to endorse. As UN inspections later showed, the total number of dead Palestinians was 56, almost all adult men; 26 Israeli soldiers died in the battle too. If anything, as the later reports showed, the Israeli forces had been very careful to avoid civilian casualties, even as they spent days, under gunfire, assaulting known terrorist hide-outs and bomber labs.
The actual degree to which anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic prejudices tainted the vast bulk of EU reporting was brought out in two subsequent studies. Both compared the EU reportage with its American equivalents; both showed how blatantly inept and biased the EU media were by that comparison. One of the studies, published in three long articles, was undertake by a UPI journalist; he spent weeks studying the astonishingly different journalistic standards on the two sidesa of the Atlantic. The second study appeared in The National Review online site. [See UPI analysis. Also National Review's site ]