One minute silence against attack on universities

In remembrance of all those killed in and affected by the attack on Garissa and by other attacks on universities and university values around the world. While the events in Garissa stand out in their barbarity, we draw attention to the appalling reality that attacks continue to happen every day.

In calling for this observance, EUA reaffirms its belief that any act of violence or attack on education runs counter to the fundamental university values of freedom of thought and expression, tolerance and autonomy and undermines the ambition and fundamental right of any person to gain qualifications and make a contribution to their nation, society and the world.

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Gisle Bjørneby, NMBU
NMBUs Rector Mari Sundli Tveit was recently appointed to the board of EUA. She encourages students and staff to take part in this important commemoration.

– An attack on a university is an attack on us all. Any act of violence or attacks on educational institutions are contrary to the fundamental values of the universities: freedom of speech and tolerance. I encourage staff, students and other educational institutions to join in, says Sundli Tveit.

Attacks on universities, their students and scholars weaken or obliterate academic freedom; have a devastating impact on research, teaching and access to education; and impair society’s long-term development. Safeguarding the freedom and safety of universities and university communities is therefore vital in ensuring the advancement of knowledge and the cultural and scientific development of humankind.

The pursuit of knowledge has no boundaries and universities transcend geographical and political frontiers. In keeping with its endorsement of the principles of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, EUA calls on universities across Europe and beyond to unite in solidarity in condemning these recent and any other forms of violence against education. It further appeals to the international community to take action to protect universities from attacks and prevent them from happening in the future.

 

Published 23. April 2015 - 14:54 - Updated 24. April 2015 - 8:23