The Swiss Section (SAR Switzerland) promotes the values and work of Scholars at Risk by hosting at-threat scholars, sharing good practice and initiating joint activities. Scholars seeking placement at a higher education institution in Switzerland through the services of SAR are advised to consult this information for prospective SAR scholars in Switzerland.
SAR Switzerland comprises 40 member institutions. The Assembly is the highest authority, supported by a Steering Committee with Roger Pfister as Chair (Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences), Florence Balthasar (Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK), Annie Cottier (University of Bern), Mathieu Crettenand (University of Geneva), Stefan Czarnecki (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW) and Luna Iacopini (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland HES-SO). See also: Terms of Reference
SAR Annual Report 2021-22 features Parwiz Mosamim from USI
December 9, 2022
Parwiz Mosamim, SAR scholar from Afghanistan hosted at USI's Institute of Communication and Public Policy since 2021, features in the report that outlines Scholars at Risk’s annual activities during September 2021 – August 2022.Read More
SAR "Free to Think 2022" report released
November 8, 2022
Scholars at Risk has released Free to Think 2022, a report analysing 391 attacks on higher edudcation in 65 countries.Read More
Two Ukrainian doctors, and sisters, in Bern
October 31, 2022
Antonina and Kateryna Antonenko came to Bern, fleeing the war in Ukraine. The two medical professionals received a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to work and research at the Inselspital for one year. In this interview, the two sisters talk about the differences between working as doctors in Bern and Kyiv.Read More
Expanding SAR Switzerland
May 11, 2022
The Swiss Section of SAR prominently featured in the May 2022 SAR Newsletter. With its roots in 2008, when the first higher education institution in Switzerland joined the global SAR network, SAR Switzerland gradually grew in size and strength. The number of at-risk scholars hosted multiplied over the last few years and now stands at close to 120.Read More
Testimonials of SAR scholars
Higher education institutions in Switzerland so far hosted some 120 SAR scholars from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Serbia, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine and Yemen.
Several of these scholars share their experiences here.