Information initiative for students from Ukraine

The information poster for study orientation in Saxony
The Saxon universities, represented by the State Rectors' Conference (LRK), and the Saxon Ministry of Science published together a special information offer with important facts about the higher education landscape in Saxony and tips for prospective students from Ukraine.

Among the people forced to leave Ukraine after Russian troops invaded the country in violation of international law are many students. They had to abruptly abandon their education without knowing what would happen next for them. They should be given the opportunity to continue their academic education here or even to begin a course of study. The Saxon universities, represented by the State Rectors' Conference (LRK), and the Saxon Ministry of Science have therefore jointly developed a special information service.

(from left) Prof. Hofsäss, Minister of Science Gemkow with a young woman student from Ukraine and Prof. Barbknecht at the presentation of the poster. Photo: Swen Reichhold, University of LeipzigScience Minister Sebastian Gemkow, the Chairman of the State Rectors' Conference, Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, and the Vice Rector for Education and International Affairs at the University of Leipzig, Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofsäss, presented the campaign on March 31 at a Leipzig initial reception center of the Saxony State Directorate. For an initial orientation for those fleeing Ukraine, the Saxon Ministry of Science's initiative "Pack dein Studium. Am besten in Sachsen." has been expanded with the site Here, important information on the higher education landscape in Saxony and tips for prospective students from Ukraine are now also available in Ukrainian and other languages.

At the presentation of the information campaign, Minister of Science Sebastian Gemkow said: "With the beginning of the war and the abrupt end of their education, the future plans of many students were destroyed at a stroke. They have had to endure great suffering in recent weeks, may have lost relatives in the war and are now faced with nothing. It is important for us to open up a perspective. That is what we are doing now with this information offer. I would like to thank the universities in Saxony and the State Rectors' Conference for their active support and for actively helping refugee students to start or resume their studies."

The Chairman of the State Rectors' Conference (LRK), Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, adds: "Our universities are open places of encounter and solidarity. This applies even more when it comes to helping fleeing people. The range of courses offered in Saxony is very broad and, I am convinced, in many cases can also be connected to an education started in Ukraine. We can and we want to be there for Ukrainian students, regardless of whether they have just arrived here due to the war or perhaps also studied in Saxony before the invasion of Ukraine in violation of international law."

Leipzig University's Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofsäss said on the spot, "We know that many students need preparation to continue their studies. The first step is language support in German or English and associated intensive preparation in terms of content based on individual study requirements. At the University of Leipzig, we are ready with the Studienkolleg Sachsen and the other Studienkollegs in the Saxon network to make the promotion of the linguistic basics possible quickly. Colleagues from all universities in Saxony are working together on this. I hope that we can help as many students from Ukraine as possible in this way."

In order to make prospective students aware of the online offer, posters will be hung in authorities and accommodations in the coming days and weeks. A QR code on the poster will take interested people directly to the information. The campaign will also be promoted via social media.

Support opportunities for students from Ukraine at TU Bergakademie Freiberg can be found here.

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