Assessing Academic Freedom Worldwide

Kinzelbach et al 2019 Academic Freedom Index project

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Most states and universities around the world have pledged to safeguard academic freedom – an essential component of scientific progress, academic integrity and quality higher education. But in reality, it is under attack in many places.

In order to compare levels of academic freedom worldwide and enhance our understanding of its curtailments, GPPi has established an Academic Freedom Index as part of a global time-series dataset in close cooperation with Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Scholars at Risk and the V‑Dem Institute. A policy report as well as a working paper dedicated to the global dataset are available for download. To explore the data, visit the V‑Dem website.

In addition, we have developed research guidelines to help shape country-level case studies on the state of academic freedom. Using these guidelines, academic freedom levels have already been examined in several countries. The study on recent developments in Brazil is now available online, and both the guidelines and further case studies will be published in a forthcoming book with FAU University Press. 

This work has been funded in part by a grant from the Higher Education Support Programme of the Open Society Foundations and benefited from previous grants by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Volkswagen Foundation.

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