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.
SAR Switzerland comprises 39 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) and Luna Iacopini (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland HES-SO). See also: Terms of reference
November 17, 2023
The report analyses 409 attacks on the higher education community in 66 countries and territories. These attacks occurred in the context of authoritarian entrenchment and democratic backsliding. Governments increasingly used their regulatory power to constrain higher education and limit university autonomy, academic freedom, and free expression on campus.Read More
October 10, 2023
Dr Zaki shares her experience of fleeing Afghanistan, how she has expanded her research on photonics since and her concern for fellow Afghan colleagues.Read More
September 12, 2023
Since 2019, Roger Pfister, Head of International at the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, has chaired the Swiss SAR network. During his two terms of office, network membership grew from 17 to 39 institutions, and funding was secured from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to host 5 at-threat scholars in Switzerland. For researchers from Ukraine, a funding scheme with CHF 10 million was established with the SNSF. Roger Pfister will hand over the reigns to Annie Cottier (University of Bern) and Florence Balthasar (Zurich University of the Arts) as Co-Chairs in 2024.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.