War in Ukraine – University of Vaasa guidelines
University of Vaasa expresses its support for Ukraine
The University of Vaasa condemns the Russian military actions and expresses its support for Ukraine and its university community. We will monitor both national and EU sanctions and adapt our policies accordingly. We have expressed our support to Ukraine through the Rector's Council UNIFI together with other Finnish universities.
We have opened a university email for any questions related to the war in Ukraine, which can be contacted in case of concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that e-mails will be answered Mon-Fri between 8.00 and 16.00.
The Crisis Group, chaired by the Rector, is actively monitoring the situation, sanctions and repercussions, and will use this information to guide and coordinate the University of Vaasa's actions.
Support for staff and students
The precarious situation is certainly on everyone's mind. The University of Vaasa wants to support its staff and students in a challenging situation. If you are worried or anxious, staff can contact the Occupational Health Service or Human Resources, while students can find information and support here.
Study opportunities to students in Ukrainian universities
In response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, the University of Vaasa offers studies to students at Ukrainian universities. This separate right to study entitles the student to complete individual courses, not an entire degree. The call for applications is aimed at students who have arrived in Finland and have an existing, valid right to study at a Ukrainian university, and whose studies have been discontinued due to the war. These studies are free of charge.
Cooperation in higher education and research 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.