War in Ukraine
With great concern and horror, members of the UDE are following the Russian war against Ukraine. The University is expanding its support services for students and researchers in need and, together with the peaceful community of researchers, teachers and students around the world, is seeking the fastest and most targeted assistance, support and care for Ukrainian university members who have fled. The continuation and shaping of university and scientific relations with Ukraine and Russia must also be reconsidered.
What is UDE currently doing to support its students coming from war zones?
Currently, 101 students from Ukraine and 185 students from Russia are staying at our university. Out of them, within the project "Studienbrücke" there are also eight Ukrainian and 16 Russian students interested in studying at our university. For all of them, the International Office serves as a contact point in this difficult situation. In addition to providing advice, we are currently collecting all the important information for those affected in order to be able to provide uncomplicated and rapid assistance. Especially with regard to financial support, we are waiting for possible programs from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Experience shows that there will be a lot of need for advice here in the future.
All general information:
May young people from Ukraine and Russia continue to come to the UDE for studies, semesters abroad or research?
Yes, we welcome students and researchers fleeing the war zone to our university. We receive inquiries from students from Ukraine who would like to continue their studies in Germany. At the moment, however, these inquiries are more likely to come from third-country nationals, most of whom are already studying in a higher semester in Ukraine and would like to finish their studies here. However, we assume that the number of inquiries from Ukrainians will also increase. Since young men are not allowed to leave the country at the moment, it will be mainly women or Ukrainians who have already fled before the ban on leaving the country. We also receive requests from the faculties to host researchers.
Consulting at the International Office:
What impact does the war have on scientific collaborations with Russia and Ukraine?
Cooperation with Russia is currently suspended at the UDE. We are guided here by the specifications and guidelines of the various science organizations and ministries and are thus in line with the DAAD. The UDE has taken a clear position in its statement and declared its solidarity with Ukraine. In April, we are expecting scholarship holders from Ukraine via a joint ERASMUS+ program in medicine. We are in constant exchange with the students and cooperation partners in Ukraine and support them to the best of our ability. As part of our European Aurora University Alliance, we also strive to provide the best possible support for our cooperation partners at Karazin Kharkiv National University.