02/25/2022

Reactions to the crisis in Eastern Europe

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences wishes to show solidarity with those affected by the situation in Ukraine. Dr Oliver Locker-Grütjen has expressed his deep sympathy: “We are deeply concerned about the most recent developments in Eastern Europe. We stand in solidarity with students and employees whose family and friends are directly affected by the conflict. Our thoughts and concerns are also with our partner universities in Ukraine”, said the President.

Currently, 34 students from Ukraine and 84 students from Russia are studying at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. The General Students’ Committee (AStA) is providing support services, students in need can contact them.

None of our students are currently studying abroad in Ukraine. However, the Faculty of Life Sciences has maintained an active partnership with the State Biotechnical University in Kharkiv, Ukraine, through the DAAD’s Eastern Partnership Programme since 2016. Colleagues there have reported that the city came under attack in the early morning hours of 24 February 2022.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as well as the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and many other institutions of higher education in Germany have also expressed their sympathy and solidarity.