Ongoing violence in Ethiopia has devastated the country’s higher education system. SAR continues to receive requests for assistance from scholars reporting persistent ethnic violence, discrimination, and barriers within academia that have upended lives across the country and into the farthest reaches of Ethiopia’s diaspora.
Among the nearly 90 scholars seeking an academic placement in the SAR network are 6 scholars from Ethiopia. We urge SAR member institutions to consider these scholars for visiting appointments on your campus. If interested in hosting, please contact us at hostingatSAR@nyu.edu.
Nursing &Palliative Care Across Borders
Dr. Atsede Aregay is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Palliative Care and SAR scholar who joined the University of Agder in August 2022. She describes her research in Norway:
“The recent conflict in my country affected my academic career, promotion and productivity, and future plans in translating my research findings into practice because the higher education and the health care facilities in Tigray have collapsed. My current work at the University of Agder allowed me to continue my academic engagement, which is critical for my future career. Though I have only been here for a few months, with the support of wonderful staff and mentors at Agder, I am mentally strong, feel settled, and can get back to my routine of working hard and delivering outputs. For example, I have produced four manuscripts from my PhD thesis since moving to Norway in the first week of August 2022. Currently, I focus on nursing education and palliative care research and ambitiously plan to design a collaborative approach of improving nursing education and palliative care in Africa especially in Tigray.
I am building on my current research and the opportunity I received through the SAR network. I am drafting proposals to do more work on the subject and support my research career. I am one of the lucky few. Despite the peace agreement in my country, my colleagues back home, those who work at universities, are at risk – scholars have no academic freedom. Hence, I would like the SAR network to consider the applications of these scholars.”