One of the most important principles for the work of universities today is freedom in research and teaching. In many ways, this freedom is under threat around the world, whether that is because of political influences or military conflicts. The network was founded over 20 years ago to protect scholars from such threats, and to help them in times of crisis. For example, the network helps universities to host international scholars and to provide them with temporary positions. And, now, the University of Greifswald is one of the institutions involved in the Scholars at Risk network.
Following the Rectorate’s decision, the University joined the network. Rector, Prof. Dr. Johanna Weber, emphasises that the network’s commitment for threatened researchers is in line with the University’s mission statement: ‘Being a member of the Scholars at Risk network, we are now further contributing towards the University of Greifswald’s profile of a cosmopolitan and international institution’.
At the University of Greifswald, a working group, consisting of the International Office, the Welcome Centre, and the Research Support Centre, coordinates the work for the Scholars of Risk network.