University of Oulu has joined international Scholars at Risk (SAR) network and at the same time the Finnish section of Scholars at Risk. SAR is working to protect threatened scholars and to promote academic freedom. The work of scholars facing threats to their lives and their liberty is supported for example by inviting them to conferences or working as visiting researchers. Universities Finland UNIFI acts as the secretariat of the Finnish section of Scholars at Risk.
University of Oulu has, according to the Constitution of Finland, committed to promote the freedom of higher education and research. “Global effort is needed to support the values of academic freedom and higher education. We want to express our support to researchers and teachers, whose freedom of speech and preconditions for continuing their scientific work are threatened,” stated Taina Pihlajaniemi, Vice Rector for Research.
More information on Scholars at Risk network: https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/
Last updated: 14.8.2017