Campus - 24.04.2015 - 00:00 

Protect universities from attack

Following the terrorist attack that unfolded at Garissa University College in Kenya on Thursday 2 April killing 147 students and leaving at least 79 people wounded, the European University Association invites all European universities to observe a minute’s silence on Monday 27 April 2015 (12:00 CET).<br/>


24 April 2015. The minute's silence is beeing initiated 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 and the European University Association (EUA) would like to draw attention to the appalling reality that attacks continue to happen every day.

Counter to the University values

In doing so, the 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 young person to gain qualifications and make a contribution to their nation, society and the world.

Devastating impact
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 pivotal in ensuring the advancement of knowledge and the cultural and scientific development of mankind. The pursuit of knowledge has no boundaries and universities transcend geographical and political frontiers.

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