Scholars at Risk partners with fellow higher education networks to encourage even more institutions committed to academic freedom to engage in SAR’s work and mission. Partner Networks involve a cooperation agreement between SAR and the ‘Partner’ that puts for the following goals and objectives:
- To reinforce the Partner by offering new activities and benefits to its existing institutional members;
- To strengthen protection and promotion of academic freedom and related higher education values by increasing the number and variety of higher education institutions engaged in SAR activities, specifically by:
- offering the Partner and its institutional members opportunities to participate in SAR activities;
- encouraging them to participate in such activities, at their discretion, individually or in groups;
- encouraging them to seek institutional membership in the SAR network, at their discretion;
- coordinating services for the Partner and any institutional members that choose to take part in SAR partner network-related activities, including any joint projects which may be developed.
To date, SAR has formed the following Partner Networks:
EUA-SAR Partner Network: With 850 members across 47 countries, the European University Association is the largest and most comprehensive organisation representing universities in Europe. 17 million students are enrolled at EUA member universities. As the voice of Europe’s universities, EUA supports and takes forward the interests of individual institutions and the higher education sector as a whole. Learn more.
Magna Charta Observatory: In September 2015, Scholars at Risk and Magna Charta agreed to create a formal partner network including 802 universities in 85 countries. Learn more.
OSSREA-SAR Partner Network: In February 2015, the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) joined SAR as a partner network. OSSREA is a non-governmental and non-profit research network composed of both individual social scientists and institutions, with national chapters and liaison offices in 21 countries and individual members represented in 23 countries across Eastern and Southern Africa. Learn more.
UNICA-SAR Partner Network: UNICA is a network of 46 universities from 35 capital cities of Europe. Its role is to promote academic excellence, integration and cooperation between member universities throughout Europe. It seeks also to be a driving force in the development of the Bologna process and to facilitate the integration of universities from Central and Eastern Europe into the European Higher Education Area. Learn more.
Compostela Group of Universities: Founded in 1993, the Compostela Group of Universities is an international nonprofit association that now consists of more than 60 universities in 27 countries. CGU seeks to strengthen the channels of communication between its member universities; organize events for the study and discussion of different issues related to international higher education; and promote mobility and collaboration between members as a basis for enhancing the knowledge of cultures and languages. Learn more.
Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes: The Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes (COMUE) joined SAR as a partner network in January 2017. COMUE was formed in France in December 2014 and is comprised of six member and four associated higher education institutions. Its mission is to create a multidisciplinary research university with a high international profile and strong local connection that creatively serves society. Learn more.
swissuniversities: In 2012, universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education across Switzerland founded swissuniversities, a body dedicated to strengthening and enhancing collaboration among Swiss institutions of higher education and promoting a common voice on educational issues. swissuniversities also coordinates tasks and acts on the international level as the Swiss national rectors’ conference for its 30-plus members. Learn more.