The war against Ukraine has had a devastating impact on the infrastructure of the Ukrainian education and higher education system. Thus, the programme focuses on the fast implementation of virtual courses. German higher education institutions are supported to enable their Ukrainian partner institutions in maintaining their virtual study programmes. In this way, students and scientists/researchers in and from Ukraine have the prospect of completing their studies despite the limitations caused by the war.
The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has a devastating impact on Ukraine's higher education institutions and science system. Many lecturers, researchers, and students have fled. Buildings and infrastructure in the most heavily embattled cities and areas have been damaged or destroyed. Despite flight and destruction, the Ukrainian higher education institutions are trying to facilitate virtual study courses and programmes. The Ukrainian parliament has passed relevant legislation for the implementation and maintenance of virtual teaching. However, many lecturers are no longer available because they have fled or joined the armed forces. Hence, many courses cannot be offered in their entirety which means that students are unable to complete their studies. In peacetime, digitalisation is also contributing to the internationalisation of Ukrainian higher education institutions and their integration into the European higher education and research area. Additionally, it was an essential component of higher education reform in Ukraine before the outbreak of war.
The programme "Ukraine digital: Ensuring academic success in times of crisis" supports Ukrainian higher education institutions in maintaining, implementing, and offering their virtual courses. Consequently, Ukrainian students have the prospect of completing their studies despite the limitations caused by the war. At the same time, German higher education institutions offer a virtual platform for Ukrainian refugee students so they can continue and complete their current studies in Ukraine virtually.
Involving Ukrainian scientists/researchers and lecturers of higher education institutions who are in Germany or other European countries enables them to continue teaching virtually at their home institutions. Therefore, lessons can also be held in the national language from abroad.
Among other things, this programme maintains and creates lasting connections that are of fundamental importance for the reconstruction and future German-Ukrainian cooperation between higher education institutions.
Objective 1: The need for virtual teaching for ongoing courses in Ukraine has been determined.
Objective 2: Virtual courses are expanded, offered, and used by students.
Objective 3: Ukrainian scientists/researchers and lecturers of higher education institutions, especially those who have fled, are involved in the courses.
Objective 4: The expertise and structural framework for further digitalisation of the participating German and Ukrainian higher education institutions are available and can be used for the development of further joint virtual and Ukrainian virtual courses as well as for the reconstruction of the higher education institutions.