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#SolidarityWithUkraine Russia-Ukraine war


UNE, the University of New Europe, is an initiative by a group of academics from leading universities across Europe and the US, who believe that higher education provides the soft power necessary to explore and respond to the challenges Europe is currently facing. These include global challenges such as climate change and the green recovery, problems of migration, and the rise of new authoritarian regimes.

We are currently collating a list of EMERGENCY OPPORTUNITIES for all Europeans at risk working in the academic and cultural sectors, which is updated regularly and which we invite you to share and contribute to widely. We hope to use this list to lobby governmental, private, and intergovernmental organisations to create more opportunities for scholars and scientists and share these with us.

On 15 March (4-5pm CET) we are holding an open emergency meeting for academics, people from the cultural sector, and students at risk coming from Eastern Europe, who are seeking research and teaching opportunities abroad, including emergency applications. Our meeting will comprise a practical consultation session online to discuss the steps needed for a successful application. We will contact interested participants and students based on the eventbrite list to match them with mentors (individually and in small groups) who can offer immediate advice for tailoring applications to each call. An invitation link to the session will be sent separately.

We condemn Russia’s war in Ukraine and express our deepest solidarity with the people of Ukraine who are now bearing the heaviest burden of all Europeans from the fallout of this war. The terror of the invasion and the plight of the refugees has had a paralysing effect on those who are watching this tragedy unfold, but it also spurs people into action. The political, social and cultural implications this war has for all societies affected by the war are inestimable. Punitive and military sanctions will not suffice to put an end to authoritarianism, racism, militant nationalism, violence on the basis of social or sexual identities, and ecological destruction in Europe. On its way to a social and cultural recovery, Europeans need the help of dissident voices of Ukrainian, but also of Belarussian and Russian citizens. Universities, cultural institutions, EU and nationally funded academic exchange programmes should not reproduce this war at the heart of Europe, but help to stop it. Responding to the proposed end of academic exchanges and academic boycotts, which threaten to isolate existing critical voices in Russia, we call on governments and NGOs to continue and expand their support of academics, students, and cultural workers at risk.


In the future we envision the creation of the University of New Europe (UNE) as a shared space of learning, research and dialogue. UNE will unite and empower students and staff from across Europe, with special attention for those parts of the continent where intellectual freedom is at risk and essential academic fields remain underdeveloped. Working in English, Russian and other languages, UNE will fill the gap created by political repressions against the leading East-European institutions of higher learning.

VN Karazin National University Kharkiv, photo by Ukrainian State Emergency Services

Taken on 2 March after shelling by Russian forces

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