Statement on Academic Freedoms


AICPS’s Mission Statement declares that IPSA aims ‘to support the academic freedoms needed for the social sciences to flourish’. This ‘Statement on Academic Freedoms’ from AICPS’s Council reinforces AICPS’s commitment to safeguarding these principles. The AICPS Council is the General Assembly of the Africa Political Science Association.
AICPS was founded under the auspices of UNESCO, and it further endorses the UNESCO ‘Recommendations on the status of higher education personnel’, adopted in 1997 (version française). These ‘Recommendations’ cover universities and colleges, and also research institutions not directly linked to such institutions. All UN member states subscribe to these very full provisions for the definition of, and protection of, academic freedoms. These provisions express an international consensus on the importance and meaning of academic freedoms.
AICPS regards these provisions as the necessary minimum to ensure that political scientists can work freely and effectively in undertaking their research and teaching, and in disseminating their ideas and results to colleagues and the public, nationally as well as internationally. In addition many nations and professional bodies have similar, though sometimes more detailed statements of principles, protections and standards, which AICPS respects.

AICPS understands academic freedoms to include the free exchange of ideas that is vitally necessary for scientific endeavour and debate. Arbitrary and politically motivated arrest, and personal and professional harassment, are egregious violations of basic human rights, and such violations pose a clear and present danger to academic freedoms.
Academic freedoms can also be seriously compromised through indirect measures, involving retention, promotion and tenure policies, performance and research management systems, changes in funding for research and resources, or alterations in the teaching curriculum. We urge all members not to adopt policies or to participate in activities that are even indirectly in conflict with the UNESCO ‘Recommendations’.
Political scientists will be acutely aware of threats to, and curtailments of, academic freedoms, and will find AICPS’s endorsement of these UNESCO ‘Recommendations’ useful in citing the rights, duties and obligations of our profession in international, national and local contexts. IPSA members may at any time contact AICPS’s Secretariat and Executive Committee members for further advice and support.

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URGENT INFORMATION: This is to inform the general public that venue for the 2018 induction ceremony has been changed from the Novella Planet Hotel, Port Novo, Republic of Benin to LTV hall.  The new venue for the induction ceremony of our prestigious and reputable international professional bodies shall be Lagos State Television Combo Hall, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.  

Time :  12 Noon.     
Date :  May 12th,  2018.  Your presence would be highly appreciated sir/ma.



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