Offering refugee and at-risk academics as well as students an academic home at our university is a vital concern for us.
The University Board and Extended Senate of Kiel University strongly condemn the ongoing war waged by Russia on the territory of Ukraine in violation of international law. These acts of war result in immeasurable suffering for all Ukrainians, who are subject to severe injuries of body and mind, losing family members and friends, whose families are being torn apart and whose homeland is being destroyed. We welcome the many initiatives at Kiel University, city, state, and federal levels to support Ukrainians in their home country as they flee, on their arrival and during their stay in Germany. We would like to thank all university members involved for performing their official duties and also for their indispensable voluntary work.
Offering refugee and at-risk academics and students an academic home at our university is a vital concern for us. Kiel University is committed to provide a welcoming culture. Specifically, the university not only offers comprehensive (academic) counselling for refugee students, but also language and preparatory courses. We are prepared for the need for the psychological counselling of stressed and traumatised people at the university and continue to increase and offer our help here as well. Our information portal is constantly updated. Kiel University actively advocates to continue existing programmes for integrating refugee students at the federal and state level to best prepare these students for their studies in Kiel and support them during their studies. We support applications for and invitations to academics from Ukraine to come to Kiel University as guests and keep on conducting research and lecturing here.
We strongly condemn Russian students being expelled from their home universities and threatened with punishment if they join protests against the war. We will support fleeing and at-risk students with our offers for them to continue their studies in Kiel if they must leave Russia or wish to. The same applies to Russian academics who must fear for their safety and freedom because they have courageously made a statement against the invasion of Ukraine. We, therefore, encourage the use and support of scholarships and programmes that enable Russian academics at risk to come to Kiel and participate in university life in Germany. They, too, will find refuge and a new academic home here.
Institutional research cooperation with Russian universities and research institutions remains suspended for the time being as a mark of protest against the war of aggression in Ukraine, which is against international law. We are constantly monitoring developments in Russia and interacting with other universities and academic organisations in Germany on the possibilities for cooperation. We strongly support cultivating individual academic contacts with colleagues in Russia and academics who have already left Russia because of the current situation.
Kiel University is immediately ceasing all official research cooperation with Russian institutions, initially for a period of four weeks. This affects joint publications, third-party funded projects or conferences, among others.
Kiel University has initiated an extensive range of assistance and support services for students and researchers who have fled their country