ASN Statement on the License Revocation of the European University at St. Petersburg

April 1, 2017

 

 The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) expresses its deep concern over the revocation of the license of European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) by the Arbitration Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblasts. Since its founding in 1994, EUSP has been one of Russia’s most valuable scholarly institutions. The administration, faculty, and students of EUSP are deeply committed to a dispassionate and rigorous approach to the social sciences and humanities. It is recognized today as one of the very top universities in Russia, and its students are leaders in academic and public life around the world. Through its efforts, the university has shaped and influenced international scholarship, serving as a beacon for scholarly collaboration, knowledge transfer, and policy engagement.  

Over the last year, EUSP has been under constant threat of closure owing to alleged administrative violations. The university has made every effort to address these violations and to clarify standards for compliance, while continuing to serve its students and the academic community. EUSP now reaches a critical juncture as it appeals the Arbitration Court’s decision revoking its license.

ASN is a leading international scholarly association devoted to the promotion of knowledge and to the understanding of ethnicity, ethnic conflict, and nationalism studies broadly defined. Our mission is to contribute to the advancement of scholarship, freedom of expression, and critical thinking, bringing together scholars, students, analysts, and educators from all over the world. In our view, the closure of EUSP would deprive academic and policy communities of the university’s exceptional contributions to global scholarship. We urge Russia’s authorities to consider the university’s value for academic freedom when examining its appeal.

 

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