Scholars at Risk

UiO is a 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.

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 and sustaining member of Scholars at Risk, UiO contributes to highlight academic freedom.


From 2012 UiO was hosting one scholar every year through the SAR network. For the years 2017 and 2018 the university board has decided that UiO should host 4 threatened scholars. The scholars have needed to leave their home countries due to persecution or other threats, and they get a chance to continue their research in peace at UiO. Read the greeting our 2009-10 scholar sent us on his departure, greeting to UiO . 

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. UiO has 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.

UiO was hosting the Norwegian Scholars at Risk Conference 13 November 2015: International Partnership in Academia - an Ethical Challenge?

UiO is also coordinating an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, Academic Refuge, which aims at strengthening the work to promote academic freedom and other fundamental university values and strengthen the European universities' capacity to welcome threatened scholars and refugees to campus.

Growing network

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 almost 500 member institutions in 39 countries. UiO has been member since 2001, and since 2008 a number of other Norwegian higher education institutions have joined. Scholars at Risk and its Norwegian members launched the Norwegian Section of the network in 2011. Scholars at Risk - Norway Section is organising joint activities in Norway focusing on academic freedom, and is coordinated by the Oslo and Akershus University College for Applied Sciences (HiOA). There are 17 members of SAR Norway, including all the universities.

Published Apr. 21, 2011 12:08 PM - Last modified Nov. 16, 2017 11:22 AM