Plea to the European governments: support Ukrainian students and academics! Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

Plea to the European governments: support Ukrainian students and academics! Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

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Plea to the European governments: support Ukrainian students and academics!

The European Youth and Higher Education Community to the European governments: support Ukrainian students and academics!

Monday, 7 March, 2022 – 10:53

The European Students Union, the Erasmus Student Network, the European Union of Jewish Students, the European University AssociationScholars At Risk, the Tertiary Refugee Student Network and the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund reiterate the Statement addressing the renewed Russian Aggression towards Ukraine, expressing solidarity with the Ukrainian people and all the educators and learners in the country as well as in the neighbouring territories that are suffering due to Russia’s war of aggression and a progressively developing full-scale invasion. The signatory organisations express their solidarity with the Ukrainian people and call for the restoration of peace and diplomacy.

Ukraine, as a full member of the European Higher Education Area since 2005, had demonstrated efforts and commitment in stepping into the family of Bologna Countries, to whom the basis of cooperation are the fundamental academic values, freedom of expression and the strive for achieving a democratic society.

The current circumstances call for solidarity with and immediate support for the Ukrainian Students and the academic community. We cannot foresee how future events will unfold but we call upon the academic community to take every necessary effort to support any solidarity actions. The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has stated that Ukrainians are ‘welcome’ on the EU territory and that the EU is ready to immediately host them if necessary.

Along with the students from Ukraine, we are aware of the uncertain situation international students in Ukraine are facing. Amid the desperate situation the whole country is facing, we call on their home governments to provide special support to their nationals and provide them with safety and security. We also want to reiterate our view that everyone has the right to cross international borders during conflict independently of their nationality or racial identity. In other countries, Ukrainian mobile students should be offered support adjusted to their needs and their safety should be guaranteed. If needed, visa periods and scholarships should be extended if students wish to remain in their hosting cities.

So far, student unions from Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK are calling their governments to create humanitarian corridors and to help students and academics continue to pursue their academic life in their countries. Many more are joining them, and many more are showing solidarity with Ukraine and condemning the Russian invasion. Now more than ever, it is time for European governments and European institutions to demonstrate their commitments to defend democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

We call on the Ministries of Higher Education and Higher Education Institutions in the European Higher Education Area to:

  • Use all the available resources to support and protect the lives of students and academics based in Ukraine;
  • Provide all the available means of transportation towards hosting universities, as well as all other education institutions (including adult centres, training facilities, learning communities), and coordinate relocation actions from the Ukrainian border;
  • Provide any available space in student dormitories or spaces in the Higher Education Institutions as shelters wherever needed, as well as in all other education institutions;
  • Provide a fast lane of scholarships and studying opportunities for Ukrainian students going into exile;
  • Limit, as much as possible, any visa hurdles to enter that Ukrainians fleeing their country could face;
  • Set up scholarships schemes for students and academics, taking example from the Norwegian and German experiences of the Students At-Risk programmes and the EU scholarship scheme for Belarusian students.

Furthermore, we call the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council and all the other EU institutions, as well as the Member States, to:

  • Create the possibility for Ukrainians to find a secure place in Europe, in cooperation with UN authorities and agencies;
  • Make sure that the evacuation from the country ensures the principles of equal treatment for all the people fleeing the war;
  • Support Higher Education Institutions in swiftly setting up places for students and academics to stay and continue their academic life;
  • Establish a dedicated EU support scheme for students at risk including students from Ukraine, and new national students at-risk programmes such as those in Germany and Norway.
  • Establish a dedicated EU fellowship scheme for researchers at risk, as proposed by the Inspireurope project, including researchers and scholars from Ukraine, and new national fellowship programmes such as those in France and Germany.

ATTACHMENT FILES: statement-use-of-the-university-resources-russian-invasion-of-ukraine.pdf

Standing with Ukraine / Potpora Ukrajini | National and University Library in Zagreb

Standing with Ukraine / Potpora Ukrajini | National and University Library in Zagreb


Standing with Ukraine

The National and University Library in Zagreb expresses its solidarity with and support for the people of Ukraine. We are especially concerned for the safety and well-being of our colleagues in these difficult circumstances, and we are hereby also voicing our concern for the treasures preserved in libraries and other institutions which bear witness to the nation’s history and identity and are the foundation for its future and development. We strongly support our Ukrainian colleagues, librarians and information specialists striving to preserve their collections, fighting against disinformation and helping the struggle against the aggression.

The flag of Ukraine, showing two horizontal stripes, the upper deep blue and the bottom yellow.
EADH statement on Ukraine invasion EADH statement on Ukraine invasion

EADH statement on Ukraine invasion EADH statement on Ukraine invasion

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In view of the aggression of the Putin regime against Ukraine, the European Association for Digital Humanities condemns this act of brutal disdain for international law and standards of the civilised world. Our Association wishes to express its full solidarity with the Ukrainian nation. We staunchly support the sovereignty of Ukraine. We call on all people of good will around the world to unite in protest against the unwarranted use of force by a nuclear power against its neighbour. In today’s world, “no man is an island” and neither is any country. Europe has already been in similar situations and as scholars and citizens, we must not forget the past. It is our duty as scholars to remember – and to make it quite plain that our protest is not aimed at all Russians. Indeed, we are painfully aware that our colleagues in Russia may be victims rather than willing followers. We call on the international academia in general, and on our digital humanities community in particular, to extend any possible help to our Ukrainian colleagues and the Ukrainian society.

Nordic library associations condemn war in Ukraine

Nordic library associations condemn war in Ukraine

Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland

Nordic library associations condemn war in Ukraine

The Nordic library associations resolutely condemn the war Russia has started against Ukraine and stand in
solidarity with the aspiration of the Ukrainian people to live in a free, independent and democratic state of
Ukraine, guided by European fundamental values. We invite all Nordic libraries to stand in solidarity with
the people of Ukraine and to provide with financial donations and moral support.

We urge libraries and their representative organizations to condemn the aggression of the Russian
Federation immediately and to suspend all co-operation with the institutions representing the Russian
Federation. We encourage libraries to spread the right information about the attack and to campaign
strongly against disinformation.

We are committed to continuing to create a comprehensive space of knowledge and culture, free from
false information, lies, hatred and war, and open to all. People with a Russian background living in all
countries need to feel welcome in the library. The action of the Russian Federation is not their fault. Let us
use all the tools at our disposal to win the information war. Libraries mean freedom. Libraries are the
gateway to the future. Libraries are also encouraged to support potential refugees from The Ukraine in
cooperation with state and non-governmental organizations.

Nordic library associations have made a donation to Reporters Without Borders to support their work in
disseminating objective information.