The European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) expresses its heartfelt sympathy and solidarity with Ukraine, following the unjustified and cruel invasion by the Russian Federation.
EURASHE urges its members to fully support Ukraine’s academic community, including its higher education institutions, students, and staff. In particular, all refugees from Ukraine should be welcomed and measures put in place to enable students to continue their studies. EURASHE asks its members to provide their full support to Ukrainian students and academics within their institutions and wider communities.
EURASHE joins the international condemnation of this aggression against Ukraine and calls on Russian higher education institutions to affirm their commitment to our shared academic values of freedom, respect, and peace. However, while individual Russian institutions and academics may not support the actions of their government, EURASHE recommends its members to cease all academic cooperation and collaboration in Russia. Furthermore, EURASHE believes that Russian institutions have no place within the European Higher Education Area (“Bologna Process”) as long as their country is violating the territorial integrity of a close neighbour.
Representing more than 600 professional higher education institutions, EURASHE stands by the call of European Commission President Von der Leyen for Europe to remain united against war and to stand up to Russian aggression on our continent.