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Ukrainian Ambassador to Switzerland Visits UZH

UZH President Michael Schaepman met with Her Excellency Iryna Venediktova, Ambassador of Ukraine to Switzerland. Since Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, UZH has been providing support for war-affected researchers and students.

Photo of Ambassador Venediktova and UZH President Schaepman
From left to right: Ambassador Iryna Venediktova and UZH President Michael Schaepman

UZH expresses continued solidarity with Ukraine

As a public institution that is committed to the values of freedom and democracy, UZH strongly condemns Russia’s attack on Ukraine. UZH does everything in its power to provide assistance to war-affected educators, researchers, and students.

Read the statement of UZH on the war here.

Support measures of UZH for war-affected scientists and students

Shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, UZH launched the webpage “Solidarity with Ukraine”, serving as a central contact point and information overview for war-affected students and researchers. Since February 2022, UZH has responded to over 2,500 inquiries from Ukrainian students and researchers interested in studying or conducting research at UZH.

Click here to reach the webpage “Solidarity with Ukraine”.

Various support measures have since been coordinated by the UZH Ukraine Task Force:

  • Students affected by the conflict can apply for a guest study of up to four semesters. Visiting students have the possibility to attend language courses offered by the Language Center of UZH and ETH Zurich. Since March 2022, UZH has welcomed over 270 visiting students of almost 50 Ukrainian universities.
  • Several Ukrainian researchers were integrated into existing projects at UZH.
  • Additionally, UZH offers financial support for war-affected researchers, including the possibility to receive a “Scholars at Risk” grant. “Scholars at Risk” is an international network of universities working to safeguard academic freedom and protect researchers who are under threat. UZH currently hosts seven scholars at risk from Ukraine.Learn more about "Scholars at Risk" here.
  • War-affected researchers and students have been supported by volunteer peers at UZH.

Viviane Gao