Finland freezes higher education and research cooperation with Russia and Belarus

The Ministry of Education and Culture recommends that Finnish higher education institutions refrain from all cooperation with Russian and Belarusian partner organisations in higher education and science. Following the policies, the University of Vaasa will not initiate new projects and suspends existing cooperation between organisations for the time being.

The measures of the higher education sector are directed at the Russian Federation that has attacked Ukraine. The policies focus on supporting Ukraine, not against Russian students and researchers. It is still possible to apply for entry to Finland as a student or researcher regardless of your citizenship.

– The University of Vaasa is an open, international and equal community that takes care of each other regardless of nationality. Now, if ever, the communality of our university is our key strength, says Rector Jari Kuusisto.

Finland intends to support Ukraine and Ukrainians in the fields of higher education and research cooperation. The Ministry of Education and Culture, in collaboration with higher education institutions, is preparing measures to support Ukrainian students, staff and researchers in higher education institutions and to offer opportunities to study and work in Finland for those who are fleeing the war.

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