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Published: 28 Feb, 2022

Umeå University hoists Ukrainian flag and supports students

NEWS Umeå University is following the developments in Ukraine on an ongoing basis, and doing the utmost to support Ukranian students and staff who are currently in Umeå. Umeå University has also decided to hoist the Ukrainian flag to show support.

Text: Jonas Lidström

Russia's military action in Ukraine is news that is shaking the world.

Management and several other functions within Umeå University are following the developments in Ukraine on an ongoing basis to understand how the war and the world situation impacts our teaching, research, and daily operations.

Umeå University has also decided to hoist the Ukrainian flag on campus to show its support.

"This is a distressing development of the ongoing conflict that we see, says Hans Adolfsson, Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University. "We have identified everyone who is affected and are doing our utmost to ensure that employees and students who may be at risk can be offered support and safety."

Several Ukrainian students and researchers in Umeå

Student and staff exchanges with universities in Europe and the world are an important part of Umeå University's international work.

The International Office has informed that there are no students or staff currently on exchange in Ukraine. But there are several students and researchers from Ukraine who have come here as part of various projects conducted at the departmental level. The International Office and other units at the university are working to support these individuals.

Umeå University is also a member of Scholars at Risk, an international network that exists to provide support to scholars and academics who work in vulnerable areas, and to promote academic freedom.