Terror attacks in Manchester
To all our UK partner universities,
The sad news this morning of last night's horrific terror attacks in Manchester was a brutal wake up call. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families and to all our colleagues and friends in Great Britain.
Such terrible atrocities elicit not only grief and sorrow, but also a need for understanding and comprehension. We believe that this is where we as universities can contribute. With our academic breadth we can inform the public debate and help explain the inexplicable. As academics we must insist that knowledge and rationality are the main antidotes against prejudice and fanaticism and that any university has an important role to play in a time of political and religious polarization.
In this most difficult of times we as universities should continue to stand together in our pursuit of trust, truth, and tolerance.
Ole Petter Ottersen
Rector of the University of Oslo