SAR Switzerland

The Scholars at Risk Swiss Section was officially launched with the approval of its Terms of Reference on the 15th of May 2017 at the University of Bern.

The first Swiss universities joined the SAR network in 2008. Today, the SAR Swiss Section comprises 14 Swiss higher education institutions, with ‘swissuniversities’, the rector’s conference of all Swiss higher education institutions, and the ‘Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences’ acting as associate members. The SAR Swiss Section is committed to promoting SAR’s values, mission and activities and seeks to share information and share best practice as well as launch common activities with all members of the Swiss section.


SAR Switzerland elects co-chairs


Catrin Scheiber, University of Lucerne and Olivier Vincent, University of Geneva have been duly elected to serve as the first co-chairs of the SAR Swiss Section.

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SAR Switzerland approves Terms of Reference and elects first steering committee


During the SAR Swiss Section's 3rd assembly, the section's terms of reference were unanimously approved.
Furthermore, the section elected its first steering commitee, comprising of Olivier Vincent (University of Geneva), Caroline Wiedmer (Franklin University), Maurizia Ruinelli (Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano), Matthias Buess (University of Lausanne) and Catrin Scheiber (University of Lucerne).

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The role of technology in refugee education: A blended-learning course experience with Syrian refugees in Jordan

2018-03-15 17:15

Uni/PH Building, Frohburgstrasse 3, Lucerne (Room/Hörsaal 2)

This lecture is jointly organized by the Division of Research and Development and the International Office of the University of Teacher Education Lucerne (PH Luzern), in conjunction with the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR).
The lecture addresses the opportunities, challenges, and problems that students with a refugee background face when striving for education and a professional career. It provides insights into the conpetencies and needs of these students in order to better adapt existing training programs in the field.

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EURAXESS Conference: Integration of Refugee Scholars in Switzerland

2018-01-17 00:00

Room R AA -G-01, Rämistrasse 59, 8006 Zurich

This EURAXESS conference combines an academic approach with practical examples to consider the
effectiveness of specific initiatives and programmes for the integration of refugee researchers in
Switzerland and beyond. It will be a unique opportunity to discuss different approaches and challenges
amongst practitioners, scientists and representatives from public authorities.

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Scholars and Professionals at Risk - Human Rights Issues in Focus

2017-11-20 00:00

University of Lucerne, Frohburgstrasse 3, Switzerland

This lecture held jointly by the University of Lucerne and the Scholars at Risk network looks at human rights violations in the Iranian and Sri Lankan contexts and uncovers some of the reasons why people are forced to leave their home countries.

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Migrations, State Obligations, and Rights in a Globalized Context

2017-10-11 00:00

University of Geneva

This conference held at the University of Geneva will include a roundtable entitled 'Universities: a Sanctuary for Scholars at Risk?'.

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Academic Repression in Turkey and Being a Scholar at Risk

2017-05-15 00:00

University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71, Switzerland

In the framework of the University of Zurich's initiative for refugees, the International Relations Office hosts a presentation about Scholars at Risk, an international network to defend the principles of academic freedom and human rights of scholars around the world.

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SAR Switzerland Section Meeting

SAR Switzerland Section Meeting

2016-11-28 10:00

Universität Bern, Hochschulstrasse 6, Switzerland

The first meeting of the SAR Switzerland Section will take place on Monday, November 28 at the University of Bern.

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For questions about the SAR-Switzerland section, please contact Oliver Vincent or Catrin Scheiber.