The University of Ottawa joined the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network in 2014 and entrusted the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) to develop a SAR uOttawa Program.

About SAR uOttawa

Scholars at Risk is an international network of higher education institutions dedicated to protecting threatened scholars, preventing attacks on higher education communities and promoting academic freedom worldwide.

HRREC Assistant Director, Viviana Fernandez, chairs the SAR Canada Section's Steering Committee and represents the University of Ottawa in the SAR International Advisory Committee. SAR uOttawa partners with the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network and the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) to offer one to two-year appointments in host departments across the university. SAR uOttawa is also supported by the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO).

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“We are very thankful that our graduate students had an opportunity to learn from scholar Fayyaz Baqir (hosted at uOttawa in 2018-2020). He definitely made an enormous contribution to our School.”

Susan Spronk | Associate Professor | School of International Development & Global Studies | uOttawa

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