4EU+ Responses to the war in Ukraine

4EU+ Alliance expresses solidarity with Ukraine and its citizens and our member universities offer supported to those affected by the situation.

Joint statement of the 41 Alliances of European Universities on the conflict situation in Ukraine

4EU+ Alliance expresses solidarity with Ukraine and its citizens

4EU+ member universities offering help and assistance

All 4EU+ member universities not only condemn the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Putin’s Russia and express solidarity with Ukraine. Our university communities are mobilized and work to provide support and assistance to students and staff affected by the conflict and welcome Ukrainian refugees. Students and academics also organize various donations and events in support of Ukraine and its people.

Charles University has launched a related webpage providing information, ways to help as well as helplines for students and others in need because of the current conflict. Psychology students offer daily crisis counselling services in several languages on a special telephone line. There is also a possibility of accommodation at the dormitories for students or staff and their families from conflict-affected areas.

In view of the ongoing armed conflicts in Ukraine, Heidelberg University regards itself as responsible for supporting the students, doctoral candidates and researchers affected by this Russian war of aggression. In order to be able to provide non-bureaucratic assistance, Heidelberg University has set up a donation account and is grateful for every contribution made by the members and friends of the university. The university offers assistance to refugees aiming to begin a course of study in Heidelberg, to continue their studies or to take up a research post at the university after having had to leave Ukraine, Russia or Belarus.

In this difficult period, Sorbonne University is fully mobilized to provide assistance to students and staff affected by this conflict and who express the need, in particular via the emergency and material aid, medical and psychological support from the institution. Sorbonne University shows support for Ukrainians students and implements a dedicated registration process for them.

Sorbonne University supporting Ukrainian students was pointed out by the 21/07/2022 edition of the New Tank with the following declaration of prof. Guillaume Fiquet, SU’s International Vice-President: “Universities can also, as autonomous institutions, precede political choices and advocate for reasonable decisions to be made”. The University supporting spirit turned out into diverse actions, the latest being the creation of a dedicated registration procedure for Ukrainians students for the new academic year, 2022-2023. This dedicated process allows, compared to the one set up by Campus France, to gather more information on the students career path which enables to more suitably guide them. Indeed, sometimes students express their interest on a field not provided by Sorbonne University. When it’s the case, the SU administrative teams help them to find and register in other institutions.

University of Copenhagen has joined other Danish universities in condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine and suspending cooperation with Russia and Belarus. A wide range of researchers with expertise in, for example, international politics and security, as well as Russia and Ukraine share their insights about the situation. The students have initiated a donation campaign “UCPH for Ukraine” in support of the civilians of Ukraine.

Ukrainian citizens having a residence permit in Denmark under the law on temporary residence permits for displaced persons from Ukraine will in some situations be able to be equated with Danish citizens in relation to tuition fees and the right to the Danish state education grant (SU).

The University of Geneva expresses its full solidarity with the students and researchers affected by the war in Ukraine and wishes to assist them, in particular through the Scholars at Risk and Academic Horizon programmes. In June 2022, the UNIGE also launched an appeal for donations for students and researchers affected by the war in Ukraine so that they can continue their studies and research at the University of Geneva.

The University of Geneva is deeply shocked by the Russian military intervention in Ukraine and its devastating consequences on the populations concerned. It condemns this massive violation of international law.

Faced with the magnitude of this crisis, the University of Geneva is working to preserve exchanges within the international academic community, which shares a same conception of scientific freedom and academic integrity, and is a vector of peace on the world scene.

The University of Milan firmly condemned war and called for peace negotiations, along with the Conference of Italian Rectors (CRUI) and the RuniPace network. Moreover, the University is actively and concretely engaged in supporting Ukrainian refugees, academics and students in various ways. As to students, a call for applications for 20 scholarships worth €6,000 each has been issued. The Call addresses students enrolled at the University of Milan and Ukrainian citizens who intend to continue or begin studies at the University of Milan in the 2022/2023 a.y. (Deadline of the Call: 29th of April). The University also grants financially challenged Ukrainian students a temporary waiver of tuition and accommodation fees with currently available places in the halls of residence having been set aside for both, Ukrainian students enrolled at the University of Milan and those from Ukrainian universities. Attention is also being paid to the students of non-Ukrainian citizenship that in recent weeks have applied for transfer from Ukrainian universities to the University of Milan. With regard to academics, as a member of the international network "Scholars at Risk" (SAR) and its Italian chapter SAR-Italia, the University of Milan issued a call for applications for 4 positions of Visiting at-risk scholars financed by internal funds to welcome lecturers and researchers as visiting professors. The university has additionally set up a Ukraine emergency helpdesk and various Departments are organising public events and seminars on the conflict.

Poland is receiving more refugees than any other country and the University of Warsaw is most affected among our member institutions and its community is very actively involved in providing help and support to people migrating from Ukraine. Social and psychological support, free legal assistance and a range of other opportunities is offered to Ukrainian students and doctoral candidates. The University of Warsaw also launches the emergency collection to help provide humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees.