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The Network consists of higher education institutions (members), academic associations and related organizations (affiliate members), national or regional SAR Sections, and SAR Partner Networks.

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  • Australia
  • Australian National University
  • James Cook University
  • Murdoch University
  • National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)*
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of New South Wales
  • Austria
  • University of Graz
  • Belgium
  • UAF-SAR Netherlands & Belgium Section
  • European University Association (EUA)*
  • Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA)*
  • Ghent University
  • Vrije University of Brussel
  • Benin
  • Université d'Abomey-Calavi
  • Bolivia
  • Catholic University of Bolivia
  • Canada
  • SAR Canada Section
  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Centennial College
  • Concordia University
  • McGill University
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Winnipeg
  • Western University
  • York University
  • Colombia
  • Universidad Tecnológica de Bolivar
  • Croatia
  • University of Zagreb
  • Denmark
  • Aalborg University
  • Ethiopia
  • Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)*
  • Finland
  • University of the Arts Helsinki
  • University of Helsinki
  • France
  • American University of Paris
  • IAU College
  • Université de Strasbourg
  • Germany
  • Bard College Berlin
  • Freie Universität Berlin S
  • International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
  • Ghana
  • All Africa Students Union*
  • University of Ghana, Legon
  • Hungary
  • Central European University
  • Ireland
  • SAR Ireland Section, with Universities Ireland
  • Dublin City University
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • National University of Ireland, Maynooth S
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Universities Ireland*
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • Israel
  • SAR Israel Section
  • Bar-Ilan University
  • Ben Gurion University
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities*
  • Technion Israel Institute of Technology
  • Tel Aviv University
  • University of Haifa
  • Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Jordan
  • Arab Society for Academic Freedom*
  • Kenya
  • Kenyatta University
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Arabaev Kyrgyz State University
  • Lithuania
  • Belarusian Human Rights House, Vilnius*
  • European Humanities University
  • Vilnius University
  • Mexico
  • Universidad de Monterrey
  • Netherlands
  • UAF-SAR Netherlands & Belgium Section
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • European Association for International Education (EAIE)*
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
  • Hogeschool van Amsterdam
  • Leiden University
  • Maastricht University
  • The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences*
  • Network of Concerned Historians*
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten (Foundation for Refugee Students), University Assistance Fund (UAF)*
  • Tilburg University
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Groningen
  • University of Twente
  • VU University
  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand Tertiary Education Union (Te Hautû Kahurangi o Aotearoa)*
  • University of Otago
  • Norway
  • SAR Norway Section
  • BI Norwegian Business School
  • Buskerud and Vestfold University College  (HBV)
  • Diakonhjemmet University College
  • MF Norwegian School of Theology
  • Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR)*
  • Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
  • Norwegian Students' & Academics' Int'l Assistance Fund (SAIH)*
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
  • Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim
  • Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
  • School of Mission and Theology
  • Sør-Trøndelag University College
  • University of Agder
  • University of Bergen
  • University of Nordland
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Stavanger
  • University of Tromso
  • Westerdals - Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology
  • Poland
  • Warsaw School of Economics
  • Russia
  • Smolny College
  • Serbia
  • University of Belgrade
  • Slovenia
  • University of Ljublana
  • South Africa
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Unity for Tertiary Refugee Students (UTRS)
  • University of Cape Town S
  • University of Pretoria
  • Spain
  • Grupo de 9 Universidades*
  • Sweden
  • Dalarna University
  • Lund University
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
  • Malmo University
  • Stockholm University
  • University of Gothenburg
  • University West
  • Uppsala University
  • Switzerland
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • ETH Zurich S
  • HES-SO
  • University of Fribourg
  • University of Geneva
  • University of Lausanne S
  • University of  Lucerne
  • University of Zurich
  • Thailand
  • Asian Institute of Technology
  • Turkey
  • Turkish Social Science Association*
  • United Kingdom
  • CARA-SAR UK Universities Network
  • Abertay University
  • Aston University
  • Bath Spa University
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Brunel University
  • Canterbury Christ Church
  • Cardiff University
  • Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
  • City and Guilds of London Art School
  • City University, London
  • Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA)*
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Durham University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Glyndŵr University
  • Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • Goodenough College
  • Heriot Watt University
  • Heythrop College, University of London
  • Imperial College, London
  • Institute of Education, University of London
  • Keele University
  • King's College London
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster University
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • London Business School
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London School of Economics
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Middlesex University
  • Newcastle University
  • Newman University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Open University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Plymouth University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Regent's University
  • CARA-SAR UK Universities Network (cont.)
  • Richmond University
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • School of African & Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London
  • Southampton Solent University
  • Staffordshire University
  • Universities UK*
  • University College London
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of Bath
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bournemouth
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Buckingham
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Chester
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Cumbria
  • University of Dundee
  • University of East London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of London
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Northampton
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Reading
  • University of Roehampton
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Ulster
  • University of Warwick
  • University of the West of England
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • University of Winchester
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of Worcester
  • University of York
  • York St John University
  • United States
  • AAAS Science & Human Rights Program*
  • Adelphi University
  • Albion College
  • American Academy of Religion*
  • American Chemical Society*
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)*
  • American Historical Association*
  • American Physical Society Committee on Int'l Freedom of Scientists (CIFS)*
  • American Political Science Association*
  • American Psychological Association*
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH)*
  • American Statistical Association (ASA)*
  • American University
  • Appalachian State University
  • Arcadia University
  • Arizona State University S
  • Augusta State University
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Beloit College
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Brown University
  • Bucknell University S
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • City University of New York
  • Clark University
  • Cleveland State University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • College of Staten Island (CUNY)
  • Colleges of the Fenway*
  • Columbia University S
  • Cornell University
  • DePaul University
  • Duke University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Emerson College
  • Emory University
  • Excelsior College
  • Fairfield University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Five Colleges Consortium*
  • Florida International University
  • Fordham University
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University S
  • Goucher College
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Harvard University
  • Hunter College, CUNY
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Institute of International Education*
  • James Madison University
  • Jefferson Educational Society*
  • Johns Hopkins University S
  • Kent State University
  • Kenyon College
  • Lasell College
  • Le Moyne College
  • Long Island University
  • Loyola University
  • Macalester College
  • Marquette University
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mercyhurst College
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • Michigan State University
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)*
  • Modern Language Association*
  • Monmouth College
  • Montclair State University
  • Nassau Community College (SUNY)
  • Nazareth College of Rochester
  • New School University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pomona College
  • Purchase College (SUNY)
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Ripon College
  • The Rockefeller University
  • Roger Williams University
  • RTI International*
  • Saint Mary's College
  • Saint Peter's University
  • San Diego State University
  • Shepherd University
  • St. Francis College
  • Stanford University S
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Trinity College
  • Trinity University
  • Tufts University
  • University at Albany, SUNY
  • University of Arizona, Tucson
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California System
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Denver S
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri S
  • University of Montana
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Rochester
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Utah
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washington College
  • Washington State University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western Connecticut State University
  • Wittenberg University
  • Venezuela
  • Universidad Simón Bolívar

* Affiliate members

S Sustaining members

Bold indicates SAR partner network or section

Global sponsors are recognized each month in the SAR network update

Partner Networks and Sections

Scholars at Risk encourages coordination of SAR-related activities among groups of higher education institutions and associations through 'sections' and 'partner networks.'  

SAR Sections are groups of higher education institutions, associations and researchers, generally nationally or regionally focused, organized specifically to coordinate participation in SAR activities. SAR Sections are often coordinated by a local steering committee or secretariat, in partnership with the SAR office. New members or affiliates in an area where an SAR Section already exists will be registered with the section automatically, although SAR Sections may not exist in all areas. SAR invites network members and affiliate members interested in forming a SAR Section in their area to contact the SAR office.

SAR Partner Networks involve a cooperation agreement ("Partner Network Agreement") between Scholars at Risk (SAR) and another, pre-existing network of higher education institutions (the ‘Partner’) that shares SAR’s interest in the protection and promotion of academic freedom, institutional autonomy and related higher education values. The purposes of the arrangement are (1) to reinforce the Partner by offering new activities and benefits to its existing institutional members and (2) to strengthen protection and promotion of academic freedom, institutional autonomy and related higher education values by increasing the number and variety of higher education institutions engaged in SAR activities in this area, specifically by (i) offering the Partner and its higher education institutional members opportunities to participate in SAR activities; (ii) encouraging them to participate in such activities, at their discretion, individually or in groups; (iii)encouraging them to seek regular membership in the global SAR network, at their discretion, individually or in groups; and (iv) 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 between SAR and the Partner or any institutional members. Networks of higher education institutions interested in exploring a partner network arrangement are invited to contact the SAR office.

Scholars at Risk works through SAR Sections and Partner Networks in the following regions:


African Academic Freedom Network: The African Academic Freedom network was formed at a SAR-NEAR workshop, in October 2008 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The network is made up in its initial stages of representatives of the various countries represented at the meeting: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda.

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. Founded in 1980, OSSREA is a non-governmental and non-profit research network composed of both individual social scientists and institutions. OSSREA has national chapters and liason offices in 21 countries, and its individual members represent 23 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. OSSREA’s head office is located at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. OSSREA and SAR first partnered in 2008 to organize a workshop in Addis Ababa for higher education leaders across Eastern Africa.


CARA-SAR UK Universities Network: The UK Section's Inaugural Meeting was held at The Royal Society, London, on 15th March 2006, under the auspices of the UK based Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) and the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR). The aim of the Section is to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between UK higher education institutions in support of refugee and threatened academics and in defence and promotion of academic and university freedoms worldwide. To this end, the activities of the Section seek to strengthen respect for academic and university freedom; highlight the important role of academics in society; help refugee academics in the UK to rebuild their careers; assist academics under threat in their home country; provide global leadership in crafting an effective response to challenges to academic freedom worldwide.

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.

SAR Ireland Section in partnership with Universities Ireland: The Ireland Section of Scholars at Risk was launched by Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Shirin Ebadi at Trinity College Dublin in September 2009. This partnership between Universities Ireland and the Scholars at Risk network provides support to threatened academics around the world, including by arranging temporary placements in Ireland to allow them to safely continue their work. More information.

Grupo 9 de Universidades, Spain: In May 2008, the nine Spanish universities which form the Grupo de 9 Universidades joined SAR as a Partner Network. These include: Cantabria, Castilla La Mancha, Extremadura , Islas Baleares, La Rioja, Navarra, Oviedo, País Vasco and Zaragoza.

UAF-SAR Netherlands and Belgium Section: This Section is a joint initiative of the University Assistance Fund (UAF) and the Scholars at Risk (SAR) network. The UAF in cooperation with SAR and higher education institutions in the Netherlands and Belgium provides sanctuary to professors, lecturers, researchers and other intellectuals who suffer threats in their home country.

SAR Norway Section: The SAR Norway Section was launched on May 23, 2011 at Oslo University College (HiO). The Norwegian Section represents Norway in the wider international Scholars at Risk Network and organizes and coordinates Scholars at Risk activities in Norway.

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.

Middle East

Arab Society for Academic Freedom: The Arab Society for Academic Freedom was launched in March 2008 in Jordan, and is hosted by the Amman Centre for Human Rights, based in Jordan. The Society’s mission is to promote academic freedom and university autonomy across the Middle East and North Africa.

SAR Israel Section: There are eight university members of the SAR Israel Section, established in 2005. These include: Bar-Ilan University, Ben Gurion University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Institute for Advanced Studies), Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa and the Weizmann Institute of Science. 

North America

SAR Canada Section: The SAR Canada Section was formally launched on June 22, 2012 at the University of Toronto's Massey College by The Honourable Dr. Llyod Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg.
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