The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has created an online portal with the goal of assisting 100,000 Ukrainian students and researchers in continuing their studies or careers in Germany.
According to the agency, the National Academic Contact Point Ukraine website provides “complete information and help” to Ukrainian people abandoning their homeland because of the Russian invasion.
Since the invasion began, more than 300,000 individuals are said to have fled to Germany.
According to DAAD president Joybrato Mukherjee, the initiative was commissioned by the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the German Länder and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education.
“With the steadily increasing number of people from Ukraine seeking refuge, protection, but also the continuation of their studies or academic careers in Germany, the effects of the Russian war of aggression are coming even closer to German universities,” he said.
“We currently assume that up to 100,000 Ukrainian students and researchers will need support and academic prospects in Germany soon. This requires adequately funded support programs and a central academic information point for Ukrainians.
He said, “The website contains crucial information regarding studying, residing, and everyday life in Germany.
“In addition, we provide them with a variety of support options from German academic organisations and universities. In this context, I would like to thank all members of the Alliance of Science Organisations for their support over the past weeks,” Mukherjee noted.
In late March, the chairman of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), one of the ten members of the German research organisation, remarked on the significance of the Ministry of Science and Research’s ‘Science Bridge Ukraine’ programme.
“Language courses, subject-related preparation courses and scholarships are particularly important for the smoothest possible transition. The universities need additional state funding for this,” HRK president Peter-André Alt said at the time.
As the Ukrainian version is updated, the new website will include information on residence, university entrance, study, and research in German and English.
“Since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine, the DAAD has already received and answered more than 1,000 inquiries through all communication channels,” Ursula Paintner, director of Communications at the DAAD said.
“We are therefore working flat out to expand our advisory services and will soon be offering additional advice in Ukrainian on the central issues of university access, study, and research in Germany.”
On April 8, UK universities established a twinning plan with Ukrainian universities.
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