(The blog post is written in collaboration with Professor Kim Bolton)
The University of Borås is a member of Scholars at Risk (SAR – www.scholarsatrisk.org). SAR is an international network that aims to protect scholars that work under threat, thereby helping them to critically reflect on their research questions and openly share their ideas and results. These are fundamental rights that are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as Sweden’s and the university’s standpoint on democracy and freedom of speech.
Nawar Kadi was a professor at a university in Aleppo, Syria, where, together with his family, he lived under the constant threats in a city ravaged by war. His research was in the area of technical textiles. When he applied for assistance from SAR, they naturally turned to the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås to enquire if we were interested in hosting Nawar and his family. Nawar’s research fits exceptionally well with the university’s research profile in Textiles and Fashion, and it was immediately clear that hosting Nawar would be favourable for both parties. Nawar joined the research and education team at the university in mid-2016 and immediately became a very important and appreciated member of the team.
A professorship in the area of technical textiles was advertised earlier this year. Of the four applicants, Nawar had the expertise and qualifications that were best suited for the position. He was therefore offered – and accepted – the position earlier this month. We are very pleased to have such a qualified professor as him among us. We wish Nawar all the best at our university, and trust that his family will continue to enjoy their lives in Borås and Sweden.