The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) declares its support for its partners in Ukraine.
"As the DAAD, we are appalled by Russia's attack on Ukraine, a sovereign state in Europe. Furthermore, we are deeply concerned about the lives of the people and the well-being of our partner organisations in Ukraine. As the DAAD, we stand for peaceful and free exchange in the sciences and for a cross-border community of teachers, researchers, and students all over the world. This requires the worldwide observance of international law. Especially today, our solidarity is therefore with the people and our partners in Ukraine," said DAAD President Prof. Dr Joybrato Mukherjee.
The DAAD will closely monitor the situation and developments on the ground and, in close consultation with the Federal Government and in exchange with the German Rectors' Conference and the German universities, will assess in the coming days and weeks how academic cooperation with Ukraine can be shaped. "Part of the solidarity with Ukraine is not to let foreign science relations break off and to maintain exchange relations even under adverse conditions," said Mukherjee.
Currently, 46 DAAD projects and 62 projects within the framework of Erasmus+ are being funded in Ukraine. Due to the pandemic, the current cooperation is largely taking place digitally. Due to the worsening situation, DAAD funding recipients from Germany have already left Ukraine in the past few days.