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Scholars at Risk is an international network of higher education institutions and individuals working to protect threatened scholars,  prevent attacks on higher education communities around the world and to promote academic freedom. The Ionian University joined the Network by decision of its Senat on 21st December 2020 operating in the framework of SAR Europe.

SAR Europe hosted at Maynooth University Irland is the European office of the global Scholars at Risk network. Launched at an event at the European Parliament in November 2018, the establishment of SAR Europe represents the culmination of nearly two decades of partnership between European higher education institutions and the global Scholars at Risk Network. The European office supports and coordinates the activities of Scholars at Risk national sections and partner networks across Europe to strengthen our collective voice at the European level and contribute to informed policymaking for the greater protection of scholars and increased respect for academic freedom worldwide. Maynooth University coordinates also InSPIREurope, an ambitious 10-partner Europe-wide initiative to support researchers at risk. InSPIREurope is funded under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, and will forge a coordinated, cross-sectoral, Europe-wide alliance for researchers at risk.

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Press Release of the 96th Conference of the Greek Universities on Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network
Posted: 10-05-2021 23:19
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In the context of the 96th Conference of Rectors and Presidents of ACs of the Greek Universities Mr. Alexandros Triantaphyllides, Associate Professor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Mr. Nikos Nagopoulos, Professor of the University of the Aegean and Mr. Stavros Katsios, Professor of the Ionian University, informed the Conference about the creation of a branch of the SAR Network by (...)
World university rankings are rewarding totalitarianism
Posted: 06-05-2021 01:14
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The latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021 carried few surprises when it was released in September. The usual contestants led the rankings. Yet among these are some institutions, operating under totalitarian regimes, that do not match our expectation of what universities are about.If one adjusts the top 150 universities in the THE World University Rankings for academic (...)
Speaker Series (28.04-29.06.2021) Politics of Repression - Strategies and Resistances in Scholarship
Posted: 28-04-2021 02:30
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Politics of Repression - Strategies and Resistances in Scholarship We would like to invite you to save the date for the Speaker Series: Politics of Repression - Strategies and Resistances in Scholarship Conference, which will be held in the months of April, May and June as an online conference.  Researchers from all over the world experience repressions. Not only are they (...)
Free Universities: Putting the Academic Freedom Index Into Action
Posted: 27-04-2021 00:59
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Academic freedom is a universal right and essential to quality education, teaching and research. It is a driver of innovation, enhances the capacity of scholars and students to acquire and generate knowledge, and thereby protects societies’ capacity for self-reflection. While states and universities throughout the world have long committed to respecting academic freedom, it remains poorly (...)
Academic Freedom Media Review: April 16 - 22, 2021
Posted: 24-04-2021 02:30
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Scholars at Risk monitors reports of threats to academic freedom and higher education communities worldwide, including media articles, blogs, opinion pieces and other announcements. Unless otherwise indicated (such as in articles written by SAR), the language and views contained in the search results reflect those of the originating author and/or publication and do not (...)
Presentation of SAR and the creation of SAR SECTION GREECE at the Conference of the Rectors of Greek Universities
Posted: 20-04-2021 11:22
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On April 22, 2021 the three Universities that constitute the core of the Greek Department of Scholars at Risk (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ionian University, University of the Aegean) will present the international organization as well as the project of creating the SAR SECTION GREECE to the Rectors' Conference of the Greek Universities, inviting them to join the network.
Academic Freedom Media Review
Posted: 29-01-2021 21:37
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SAR NEWSLETTER January 22 - 28, 2021
Academic Freedom Media Review
Posted: 29-01-2021 21:15
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SAR NEWSLETTER January 15 - 21, 2021
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