Scholars at Risk
UiO is member of the international university network "Scholars at Risk" promoting academic freedom and human rights of scholars. The core activity of the network is to help individual threatened academics through giving them temporary academic positions at the member institutions.
Scholars at Risk and its Norwegian members launched the Norwegian Section of the network Monday 23 May 2011 at the Oslo University College. The Norwegian Section of Scholars at Risk is organising joint activities in Norway focusing on academic freedom.
UiO's strategy is grounded in a spirit of academic freedom and collegiality, and our academic culture is characterised by critical reflection and debate, a critical attitude towards established norms, and a place where objectivity and freedom from prejudice flourish. These characteristics are not obvious all over the world, and many scholars experience restrictions in their research, teaching, publication and dissemination. Some are imprisoned or even threatened on life. As a longstanding member of Scholars at Risk, UiO contributes to setting focus on academic freedom.
It is UiO's goal to receive one scholar through the network every year. We hosted one scholar in 2009/2010. Read his greeting to UiO sent us on his departure. UiO hosted one scholar for two years from 2011 to 2013. We expect to receive a new scholar i 2014.
UiO participates in activities of the Norwegian Section of Scholars at Risk and we contibute to international network activities in cooperation with the global SAR network. For the period 2010-11 UiO coordinated the Norwegian section of SAR. At UiO we have a Scholars at Risk committee following up the engagement.
UiO's human rights award, The Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize 2012, was awarded to Robert Quinn, Executive Director of Scholars at Risk.
Scholars at Risk was established at University of Chicago i juni 2000 by a number of universities. From the start most institutions were American, but over the last years the most substantial growth has been in Europe and other continents.The network has by 2013 more than 330 member institutions. UiO has been member since 2001, and since 2008 a number of other Norwegian higher education institutions have joined. By 2014 there are 20 members of SAR Norway, including all the universities.We still invite more university colleges to join. Read the invitation letter to Norwegian institutions issued in 2010.