War in Ukraine and HE: 2 April – 21 May 2023
The sense of a national mission among students and academics living outside Ukraine – to use their intellectual skills to rebuild their country – appears to be strong, but there are many factors that could affect the decision to return, and many ways to rebuild.
War in Ukraine and HE: 26 March – 2 April 2023
Recent interviews with several Ukrainian students and a separate survey designed to extract information about the experiences of over 1,600 students since the Russian invasion reveal the psychological damage and the social fallout suffered by young Ukrainians as a result of the war.
War in Ukraine and HE: 26 February – 26 March 2023
There are many measures that can be implemented by policy-makers, universities, recognition centres and professional bodies to remove barriers to the integration of those refugees from Ukraine who are seeking employment opportunities or access to education and training in their host countries.
War in Ukraine and HE: 19-26 February 2023
The German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD has called for an action plan until 2030 to rebuild the Ukrainian higher education system after the war in that country ends, and to forge links between Ukrainian higher education and research institutions and European and German partners.
War in Ukraine and HE: 29 January – 19 February 2023
A project of a Ukrainian media NGO, founded in 2014 by Ukrainian university professors and students, is working to refute Russia’s propaganda and fake news about the ongoing war in Ukraine. Part academic research, part journalistic mission, StopFake’s aim is simple: truth.
War in Ukraine and HE: 15-29 January 2023
Despite increasing international isolation over its role in the war in Ukraine, Russia is seeing increased demand from foreign students for places at Russian universities, including from Europe. It is increasing state-funded places by 30% and hopes to double the number of students from Europe.
War in Ukraine and HE: 18 December 2022 – 15 January 2023
Last month’s abduction of marine biologist Volodymyr Vorovka marks the continuation of Russia’s brutal and criminal campaign against Ukrainian intellectuals and civic leaders that predates the 24 February 2022 invasion and recalls the active destruction of Ukraine’s intelligentsia by Joseph Stalin in the 1930s.
War in Ukraine and HE: 27 November – 18 December 2022
Russian experts have failed to understand how President Vladimir Putin can manipulate large sections of the population to support his war in Ukraine because they overlook why large groups of people have been marginalised, including through higher education, and how Putin identifies with them and shares their resentment.
War in Ukraine and HE: 13-27 November 2022
War may have upended the lives of countless Ukrainian students, but in the weeks after the war started nearly 6,000 applied to study in Poland, where a warm welcome at the universities has allowed them to push on with their work and find relative peace.
War in Ukraine and HE: 6-13 November 2022
A new project resurrects a dissident academic model from the early 1990s which gives students who have remained in Ukraine after Russia’s invasion access to a transnational academic network and alternative worldviews – with a view to preparing them better for post-war reconstruction and engagement.
War in Ukraine and HE: 23 October – 6 November 2022
Some Indian students who were evacuated with the assistance of Indian authorities from Ukraine and neighbouring countries after the Russian attack in February have returned to Ukraine and others are planning to return in order to continue their studies, even though the war has escalated.
War in Ukraine and HE: 25 September – 23 October 2022
Commercial satellite imagery and open-source data are helping Yale University scientists to identify evidence of alleged war crimes in Ukraine by Russia or its proxies that can later be used in courts, either in Ukraine or the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
PHOTO Following a dramatic escalation of the war in Ukraine, the Egyptian Ministry of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs held a virtual meeting with 69 Egyptian students in Ukraine and Russia to monitor their well-being. About 3,500 Egyptian students study in Ukraine and a further 8,731 in Russia.
PHOTO In anticipation of massive electricity price hikes, Polish universities are doing what they can to limit their energy needs by putting classes online and restricting access to sections of campuses. But some academics are worried about the longer-term impact of these restrictions on academia.
War in Ukraine and HE: 18-25 September 2022
A longitudinal study conducted in the period after Russia’s 2014 aggression against Ukraine, which confirmed a correlation between the feeling of being understood by others and a willingness to trust or forgive, may hold a key to post-conflict reconciliation processes in other settings.
War in Ukraine and HE: 11-18 September 2022
Against the views of their Ukrainian counterpart, international science experts at a recent conference raised doubts about the efficacy of blanket sanctions against Russian science and scientists, and argued the need to preserve all knowledge-producing capacity that helps society to address global challenges.
War in Ukraine and HE: 28 August – 11 September 2022
For the rector of Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University, an institution displaced by conflict in 2014, the Magna Charta Observatory’s conference in the coming week is an opportunity to remind the global academy that the role of universities is to fight for academic principles, democracy and international cooperation.
War in Ukraine and HE: 14-28 August 2022
In the aftermath of war and conflict, higher education plays an important role in the process of reconstruction as it provides opportunities for education and training that can assist affected countries to diversify their economies, strengthen technological capabilities and build a skilled workforce.
War in Ukraine and HE: 24 July – 14 August 2022
Over several days in March, rocketeers based in Belgorod in Russia, 80 kilometres away, fired missiles at Kharkiv in northeast Ukraine. Missiles damaged a number of Karazin University buildings, destroyed its Institute of Public Administration and exploded in the Rare Book Library, which housed 60,000 of the university’s 3,350,000 books and manuscripts.
War in Ukraine and HE: 17-24 July 2022
In order to ensure that Ukraine remains a sovereign state and is able to keep the territory that historically belonged to it within its borders, the main priority for the Ukrainian society should be the development of advanced technologies based on science.
War in Ukraine and HE: 10-17 July 2022
As part of a recent survey, Ukrainian students expressed a strong belief in their country’s victory and subsequent economic growth and pointed to greater cooperation between their institution and its international partners in teaching joint courses as a viable pathway towards post-war recovery.
War in Ukraine and HE: 3-10 July 2022
A total of 71 UK universities have confirmed twinning partnerships with Ukrainian universities in an initiative that seeks to prevent brain drain and ensure Ukraine’s universities not only survive but emerge stronger from the war, allowing them to play a role in post-war reconstruction.
War in Ukraine and HE: 26 June – 3 July 2022
When Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Canadian students on 22 June, he spared them none of the horror of his nation living through war and underlined the importance of Ukrainian students studying abroad being ready to return to rebuild Ukraine when the missiles stop falling.
War in Ukraine and HE: 19-26 June 2022
A large number of international students who have fled the war in Ukraine are being denied residence permits and told to leave Germany. Higher education and refugee organisations are repeating their demand that ministers should do more to support international students seeking refuge.
War in Ukraine and HE: 12-19 June 2022
Teaching Russian and Ukrainian literatures today involves a deconstruction of the Great Russian Narrative – a colonial and imperial narrative that was actively advanced through Russia’s famous writers to deny Ukrainian agency – and a reclamation of the literary contributions of Ukrainian writers and filmmakers.
War in Ukraine and HE: 5-12 June 2022
Supported by their government, universities in Japan and Taiwan are starting to enrol students who have fled Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s invasion, providing them with scholarships or special programmes in the wake of concerns about an irreversible brain drain in the war-afflicted country.
PHOTO To better meet the demand for skilled workers amid the constraints of unprecedented Western sanctions, Russia will increase state-funded university places by at least 30% in domestic universities during the next two academic years, with the first additional 30,000 students starting this September.
PHOTO The Enlightenment principles of progress and toleration upon which Western societies are based suggest that, as long as they do not jeopardise the safety of Russian scientists or assist in the Kremlin’s objectives, scientific collaborations – the essence of science diplomacy – should continue.
War in Ukraine and HE: 29 May – 5 June 2022
Tunisian students who fled from Ukraine have found themselves in academic limbo, struggling to receive recognition for their completed studies at home or in other countries. An option being explored to support them is a joint Tunisian-Ukraine medical training programme based in the North African country.
War in Ukraine and HE: 8-29 May 2022
A joint declaration on international academic cooperation in times of crisis signed by international education agencies from the G7 countries, the Academic Cooperation Association and a number of international agencies highlights the need for more safe havens for threatened students and researchers.
War in Ukraine and HE: 1-8 May 2022
It is vitally important for Ukraine’s future to find ways to retain as many academics as possible in those institutions still functioning in Ukraine, the 2022 conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators was told by an advisor to the Ukrainian president.
War in Ukraine and HE: 17 April – 1 May 2022
The World Bank, which does not have a strong track record of helping Ukraine’s universities, including those destabilised by past conflict in the Donbas region, now needs to reconsider its approach and take a leading role in the rebuilding of the higher education sector.
War in Ukraine and HE: 10-17 April 2022
PHOTO Assisting Ukraine is higher education’s top priority in this war, ahead of helping Russian academics who speak out against the violence. In time, Russian academics need to lead a critical assessment of what has led their country to the war crimes it is now committing.
PHOTO An analysis of Russian speculative fiction reveals the role of popular literature in the production of a ‘social imaginary’ which contains traces of the trauma associated with the collapse of the Soviet Union and informs the current invasion and attempted subjugation of Ukraine.
War in Ukraine and HE: 3-10 April 2022
The European Union has announced tougher action on halting science cooperation with Russia, moving from suspending ties and payments to terminating grant agreements and subsequent payments to Russian bodies or related organisations. It ends participation of Russian bodies in Horizon Europe, Horizon 2020 and Euratom.
PHOTO While the swift higher education reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is understandable, it ignores the most vulnerable and could jeopardise the foundation of international collaboration and ultimately harm individuals and institutions with little to no control over state policy-making.
PHOTO The Kazakhstani government’s recognition of Ukrainian sovereignty after an initial silence on the issue of the Russian-Ukrainian war puts its relationship with its biggest political and economic ally at risk and may also affect future collaborations between Russian and Kazakh universities.
War in Ukraine and HE: 27 March – 3 April 2022
Joybrato Mukherjee, president of the German Academic Exchange Service, has visited Poland to discuss how Germany’s eastern neighbour is supporting refugees from Ukraine. At least 100,000 Ukrainian students and academics are expected to come to German universities in the near future.
War in Ukraine and HE: 20-27 March 2022
Students receiving online tuition from their Ukrainian universities are witness to the real dangers facing their lecturers – many of whom are teaching through bouts of shelling and from unlikely venues such as washrooms – and they wonder how much longer the lectures can go on.
PHOTO The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees offers a vital opportunity for refugees such as those now fleeing Ukraine to hone their skills, help their host countries, and be in a stronger position to go back and rebuild their country once the crisis is over.
PHOTO The Norwegian government has extended a helping hand in the form of a subsistence grant to Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian students who are already studying in Norway and are struggling financially, with the aim of helping them to continue their studies.
War in Ukraine and HE: 13-20 March 2022
Against the background of the Ukraine crisis, the heads of two German higher education organisations have issued a statement condemning nationalism and exclusion and calling for open-mindedness and tolerance. But despite the call, the government has banned Russian graduates from attending a parliament internship programme.
PHOTO The slow response of United Kingdom higher education to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shows a need for more coordinated collective action and is part of a pattern of behaviour. If UK universities value their autonomy, they should take decisive action more quickly.
PHOTO Leading Ukrainian students in Canada and the United States outline the higher education response they want to see to the war in Ukraine and emphasise the importance of giving students, faculty and other refugees opportunities to continue their studies so that one day they can return to rebuild their country.
War in Ukraine and HE: 6-13 March 2022
The Russian Union of Rectors has hardened its line, issuing a statement supporting the army and President Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine to ‘achieve demilitarisation and denazification’ and underlining universities’ commitment to ‘instil patriotism in young people’.
The evacuation of about 700 Indian students trapped in Ukraine’s besieged city of Sumy, pummelled by Russian shells, was completed on Tuesday 8 March with all the students reaching Poltava in Central Ukraine, 150km from Sumy, before being taken to Western Ukraine to be flown home.
The German National Association for Student Affairs has called on the country’s government to launch an aid package for Ukrainian students in Germany which would include financial support and deferment of rent payments for student hostels. It also demands assistance for Russian students caught up in the crisis.
Indian medical students forced to abandon their studies in Ukraine and seek refuge back home are pressing India’s government to accommodate them in local medical schools, but the matter is complicated by existing legislation and regulations which could take considerable time to change.
South African Mandisa Sthabile Malindisa travelled for four days, slept on icy roads and muscled her way through desperate crowds on several station platforms to get onto trains before she reached Budapest airport in Hungary to board a plane to Johannesburg. Now she is worrying about those who are still trapped in Ukraine.
PHOTO Academics have condemned an alleged instruction by an official from South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation to muzzle scientists over the Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying that academic freedom is a constitutional right that applies to all in South Africa.
PHOTO There can be a heavy price to pay if we stand up for what we believe in but every academic and every researcher in South Africa, irrespective of their affiliation, must fiercely protect our spaces for free intellectual thought, unencumbered by the politics of the day.
War in Ukraine and HE: 27 February – 6 March 2022
In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Commission has announced a suspension of cooperation with Russian entities in research, including payments under existing contracts, as have several EU governments, but some European university organisations and experts favour a more nuanced approach.
Students and academics fleeing Ukraine need support and help and student unions across the continent of Europe are mobilising – from providing practical help for Ukrainian and international students at the borders to offering support so they can continue their studies in new locations.
PHOTO While 17 African countries were among the 35 states that abstained from voting on a United Nations resolution on Wednesday 2 March demanding that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine”, students from many of these countries were still fleeing the conflict and trying to return safely to their homelands.
PHOTO Students from several Asian countries have complained of slow evacuations from Ukraine by their governments as Russian forces have stepped up their assault on Ukraine, bombarding the major university city of Kharkiv. Harrowing tales from international students of journeys to overcrowded border crossings have been commonplace.
An Indian student has died in shelling in Kharkiv, a Ukrainian city which hosts 38 higher education institutions, after leaving a bunker where 200 students were holed up, to buy food. The death has sent shockwaves among anxious parents of Indian students trapped in Ukraine as Russia steps up its invasion.
An Algerian student has died in clashes between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, amid plans by North African countries to evacuate and repatriate their nationals, mostly students, and concern over the treatment of students from Africa.
Ghanaian students based in Ukraine were travelling and being received in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, where their homeland’s diplomatic missions, honorary consuls and the minister of foreign affairs and regional integration have been on standby, Ghana’s minister of foreign affairs said.
War in Ukraine and HE: 20-27 February 2022
Pressure is mounting on the European Union to sever science ties with Russia following a coordinated push by the German Ministry of Education and Research and the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany to halt scientific cooperation in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
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