The #TwinForHope campaign demonstrates the positive impact twinning partnerships between UK and Ukrainian universities are having during this humanitarian crisis, from rebuilding campuses and sharing academic resources to welcoming Ukrainian staff and students to the UK to allow teaching and learning to continue.
Some ways in which the partnerships are providing a wide range of practical assistance:
- helping to physically rebuild campuses of Ukrainian universities that have been damaged and destroyed
- mutually recognising credits so that English-speaking Ukrainian students can take online courses from UK universities that count towards their final degree
- allowing Ukrainian teaching and research to continue in UK laboratories and classrooms where their own facilities were destroyed or damaged
- facilitating the sharing of academic resources such as libraries and technical equipment
- preserving Ukrainian archives in UK institutions; facilitating more cultural and language exchange opportunities
- sharing mental health support – particularly for Ukrainian staff and students suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to conflict
- allowing Ukrainian students to ‘catch-up’ on the learning they have missed at summer schools hosted in UK institutions.
When the war is over, and we are victorious, we need to rebuild this country and that is going to start with universities
Dr. Mychailo Wynnyckyj
Associate Professor at the National University 'Kyiv-Mohyla Academy'
These are some recent milestones in Twinning.
The University of Sheffield
Donated 20000 GBP to Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute for the refurbishment and equipment of the bomb shelter for Sikorsky KPI students
won a 30,000 GBP grant from the XTX Academic Sanctuaries Fund, which will be used to support displaced students and researchers by way of UA Twin O.M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
is organising a fundraising campaign to support preservation of the botanical collection at H. S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, whose campus is badly damaged and expected to be without heating this winter.
The University of Glasgow
has admitted 43 students from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA). Each student will receive a funding package that includes a one-time £500 travel grant, visa fee, a £560 living stipend, plus free tuition and free accommodation.
The University of Liverpool and Sumy State University
are actively collaborating on a marketing strategy to support Summy State admissions campaign. Liverpool will offer a webinar in marketing strategy for Sumy colleagues in September.