SAR Switzerland

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 whose work is supported by a Steering Committee. During 2024-2025, this Steering Committee is composed of Annie Cottier (University of Bern) and Florence Balthasar (Zurich University of the Arts) as Co-Chairs, as well as Barbara Haller Rupf (Academia Raetica), Stefanie Rinaldi (University of Teacher Education Lucerne) and Nicolas Schulthess (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts). See also: Terms of reference

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Forum des idées- Scholars at risk, un réseau d'institutions universitaires qui défend la liberté académique

Forum des idées- Scholars at risk, un réseau d'institutions universitaires qui défend la liberté académique

March 21, 2024

Interview de Marianne Halle, déléguée à l'intégration à l'Université de Genève

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Portrait: Scientifique, elle reconstruit l’Ukraine depuis Genève

Portrait: Scientifique, elle reconstruit l’Ukraine depuis Genève

February 24, 2024

Comme de nombreux scientifiques, Iryna Sotnyk a trouvé refuge en Suisse grâce à une bourse académique. Portrait.
La chercheuse ukrainienne Iryna Sotnyk est aujourd’hui collaboratrice scientifique à l’Université de Genève. © J.-P. Di Silvestro/Regardirect.ch

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SAR

SAR "Free to Think 2023" report

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.

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Massume Zaki: scholar of physics from Afghanistan at EPFL

Massume Zaki: scholar of physics from Afghanistan at EPFL

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.

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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.

SAR Sections are groups of higher education institutions and associations, that are members of the SAR network, nationally or regionally focused and organized specifically to coordinate participation in SAR activities. Unless otherwise indicated, the views represented by a SAR section, its members, or its affiliates reflect those of the originating author or section, and do not necessarily represent the views of SAR, other SAR sections, individual members, affiliates, board, staff, or sponsors. The use of the SAR name, logo, or other identifying material is for the sole purpose of identifying the relationship of the section, its members, or its affiliates with SAR, subject to approval of such use by the SAR board, as provided in the SAR bylaws