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The attacks on civilians must stop

Statement from Rector Marianne Skjulhaug at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

KHiO condemns the escalation of war crimes and supports the demand for immediate ceasefire in Palestine and Israel. The killing of civilians and violation of international law must end. All civilian lives must be protected.

KHiO has colleagues, current and former students and teaching staff that experience the ongoing, terrible acts of war. Oslo National Academy of the Arts has had, over a period of ten years, a close collaboration with the International Art Academy Palestine in Ramallah, from its foundation in 2007 until it became part of Birzeit University in 2017.

We stand in solidarity with the civilian population. Our deepest compassion is with the colleagues, staff and students who are affected.

After KHiO’s board meeting on 11 June 2024, the following items have been updated:

Palestinian universities have been severely impacted. KHiO condemns the destruction of educational institutions in Gaza.

KHiO is looking into the feasibility of accepting Palestinian students and academics through, for example, scholarship schemes such as Students at Risk and Scholars at Risk.

KHiO supports initiatives that promote an open, inclusive dialogue at our institution.

KHiO will exert influence on relevant international partners and national authorities in order for the Palestinian higher education sector to be rebuilt and for Palestinian students to be able to finish their educations.

KHiO does not have institutional agreements with Israeli universities, nor does it have any plans to enter into such agreements.

KHiO will review its procurement procedures and, as far as possible, follow the government’s recommendation against engaging in commerce that helps maintain Israeli settlements in contravention of international law and that supports the acts of war in Gaza.