A group of Ukrainian students are able to complete their education, interrupted by Russia’s invasion, thanks to support from the University of Birmingham in England, the latter has stated in a press release.

 Whilst most of the 12 students are using their time to complete their studies and emerge with degrees from both their home institution and Birmingham, others have come to the University of Birmingham because their route to higher education is blocked by the war.  

 The University says it has made more than £300,000 available in direct awards and support to students from Ukraine in addition to our support for the CARA scheme which works with academic staff and researchers.

 According to the University, the new Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme has awarded a further five fully funded scholarships and cost of living support to students who are refugees and asylum seekers fleeing conflict and persecution from around the globe. The University is supporting seven international scholars through this scheme.

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 The support for Ukrainian students complements a partnership between the University of Birmingham and Ivan Franko National University in Lviv (IFNUL). Birmingham staff are working with their counterparts at IFNUL to develop joint research projects on refugees and migration; global security and geopolitics; Shakespeare studies; and analytical methods of chemical detection.

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 Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Birmingham, commented: “We are committed to supporting Ukrainian students during what must be a time of terrifying uncertainty - working together to help to fulfil the potential of the young people of Ukraine and the UK and support the future development of our two nations. I’m delighted that our Ukrainian students are making the most of their time with us.”

 Since the start of Russia’s invasion, over 95 professional pre-higher and higher education institutions have been damaged. At least nine have been destroyed.

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