Scholars at Risk welcomed at NTNU

(05.03.2009) NTNU will join the Scholars at Risk programme, the NTNU Board decided on February 25. NTNU’s Student Parliament and SAIH, the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ Assistance Fund, were instrumental in helping the NTNU Board adopt this decision.

Scholars at Risk is an international network that promotes academic freedom, including by providing temporary stay and work for graduates who are persecuted in their homelands. SAIH conducted a campaign in the autumn with a focus on academic freedom, and urged NTNU students to get involved. NTNU’s Student Parliament subsequently decided that NTNU ought to join Scholars at Risk. As a result, the issue was incorporated into NTNU's international action plan, which was endorsed by the NTNU Board on February 25.

A global perspective
“We are very pleased that NTNU has shown solidarity with academics in other countries, and is looking at the issue at the academic freedom from a global perspective”, said Marthe Øren, director of SAIH-Trondheim.
“This was a great initiative from SAIH that the Student Parliament took up, and it proves that it is important to be engaged”, says Bjørnar Kvernevik, President of the NTNU Student Parliament.

For more information, contact:
Bjørnar Kvernevik,
President, NTNU Student Parliament
Mobil:+47 454 65 682
Office: +47 735 93 289
Email: sti-leder@org.ntnu.no

Marthe Øren,
Director, SAIH – Trondheim
Mobil: +47 95409210
Email: saih.trondheim@gmail.com