Project Coordinator

Viera Žúborová


Advocacy activities
Learning – Pop-up Course
Visibility – Festival, Speaker series
Working groups


  • Bratislava Policy Institute (leader)
  • Bratislava School of Liberal Arts
  • Paneuropean University
  • Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica
  • University of Ss. Cyril & Methodius in Trnava

Scholars at Risk Slovakia

The aim of the project „Scholars at Risk Slovakia“ is to sucesfully establish the centre for the global and development education, which will focus on the status of academic freedom in context of global topics such as justice, human rights, peace, intercultural communication, education, democracy and citizenship, xenophoby and discrimination vs. tolerance and multiculturalism and war conflicts and terrorism. We pressume, that the topic such as academic freedom involves international, intercultural and global dimension, which is important for understanting the education as the form of society changes. SAR Slovakia is build on four activities – (1) Speakers series, (2) Special pop-up course, (3) Festival, (4) Working Groups, which will be developed through pedagogical and non-pedagogical university studies and they will also be available for the wider society as the public activities. Simultaneously, the important output of the cooperation in between the academics and students from the Slovak and foreign Universities, research institutions and educational organisations will be the creation of the specific study subject in field of global and development education under the name „Reporting in Freedom“. After attending this subject students will gain the abilities in the field of monitoring the freedom and human rights, creating the analysis, collecting data and measuring freedom in the society. The aim of the SAR Slovakia centre is to contribute to expansion of the knowledge about academic freedom in the world and protection of freedom of speech and development of the research and science in the world.

Scholars at Risk is an international network of over 500 higher education institutions and associations (including BPI) in 37 countries dedicated to protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom. SAR provides sanctuary and assistance to more than 300 threatened scholars worldwide each year. By arranging temporary academic positions at member universities, Scholars at Risk offers safety to scholars facing grave threats, enabling them to continue their important work. Scholars at Risk also provides advisory services for scholars and hosts, campaigns for scholars who are imprisoned or silenced in their home countries, monitoring of attacks on higher education communities worldwide, and leadership in deploying new tools and strategies for promoting academic freedom and improving respect for higher education values everywhere


Providing sanctuary and assistance to more than 300 threatened scholars worldwide, every year
Scholars at Risk protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being by arranging temporary research and teaching positions at institutions in our network as well as by providing advisory and referral services.


Investigating and speaking out against attacks on higher education communities
Scholars at Risk has established several initiatives to identify, document and take action in response to attacks on scholars, students and their higher education communities.


Empowering scholars and students to promote #free2think campuses
Around the world, the space for free inquiry and expression is shrinking. Scholars at Risk convenes faculty, students and higher education community members to discuss global and regional academic freedom climates and to develop solutions that strengthen the university space.


Course Reporting on Freedom brings the new way how to look at storytelling in international measures. It is based on reporting in the issues of human rights, creative freedoms- such as freedom of speech, freedom of research, academic freedom. The specific attention is paid to writing the stories, while individual approach offers more space to young perspective journalist.


Working groups are designed to develop international cooperation of academics and students from Slovak Universities with the foreign initiatives and organizations dealing with the global issues connected with the academic freedom and freedom of speech. The cooperation is developed in the area of analysis & monitoring of academic freedom and freedom of speech of science and educational institutions all over the world. Our aim is to encourage Slovak academics & students to the active support of these initiatives through these working groups & to share knowledge with the academics & students abroad. With this activity they will create more space for inter cultural communication as the basis for the global citizens.


Speaker series & Freedom Festival are aimed at anyone who is interested in the human rights and freedoms, global education, global development, freedom of speech and academic freedoms. We assume, that the stories told by individuals, who experienced these threats in real life would be able to affect the public and open the discussion about these issues.

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