Statement of the University of Magdeburg on attack on Ukraine

The invasion of Ukraine by troops of the Russian Federation has shocked us all. Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg stands for the European spirit of free and peaceful coexistence of all people. We condemn the unjustified attack on sovereign and democratic Ukraine, which is contrary to international law.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by this war; our solidarity is with the entire Ukrainian population and especially with our 115 Ukrainian students, visiting scholars and university partners in Ukraine, with whom we are closely connected through a variety of cooperations, exchange programs and partnerships. Quite a few of our students, scientists and scholars have remained in Magdeburg after their studies at the university and are in great concern for their families in Ukraine. Our solidarity goes out to them as well.

The University of Magdeburg is currently examining what support is necessary and possible on its part for all the people concerned.

The further procedure, especially regarding the continuation of our cooperation programs, will be discussed promptly in close coordination with the other German universities involved and the DAAD.

As its member, Magdeburg University endorses all points of the appeal for solidarity of the German Rectors' Conference.

Here Ukrainian students and those interested in studying at the University of Magdeburg will find the right contact persons if they wish to enroll.

As a university, we provide quick and unbureaucratic assistance to Ukrainian students and scientists until government measures take effect. For this short period of time, in which the affected persons have not yet arrived in the state support structures, the immediate need is great in parts. At the same time, they often lack orientation, language skills or knowledge of the official structures in Germany. That is why we are looking for sponsors to support Ukrainians in this process.

In the context of the war in Ukraine, there are currently many aid campaigns and also fundraising activities in which university members, but also the University of Magdeburg directly, are involved. However, this uncertain time also triggers worries, fears and anxieties in many people. In order to be able to help on this level as well, the university is offering two online events for all employees and students.

The State Rectors' Conference of Saxony-Anhalt condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the strongest possible terms. Immediately after the invasion of the troops of the Russian Federation, the universities of our state-wide network showed solidarity with Ukraine and expressed their individual perspectives in official statements.

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