The war in Ukraine came as a surprise to most people around the world. Accordingly, foreigners in Ukraine did not have the opportunity to leave the country in time. There are also a large number of international students among the “criminals”.
According to UNESCO, most of the approximately 20,000 Indians living in Ukraine are students. By 2020, more than 14,000 Indians have studied in Ukraine. According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, about 6,000 Indians have already left Ukraine.
As Statista Graphic shows, Ukraine has recently become a popular destination for students from Africa and Asia. Morocco (5,721) is the second largest group of students, followed by Azerbaijan (4,718) and Turkmenistan (4,304).
According to various media reports, several students were among the victims of the attack in Kharkiv. After the Russian aggression began, neighboring countries opened their borders to refugees, but non-whites were often stopped and returned by border officials.
Erasmus + wants to provide special assistance to students from Ukraine
The EU Commission has announced measures to support Ukrainian students, youth, teachers and educators in this extremely difficult time. Maria Gabriel, commissioner of innovation, research, culture, education and youth, issued an official statement on the matter.
“Thanks to our Erasmus + Student Exchange and the European Solidarity Corps volunteers, we have built understanding and solidarity among people from all countries and backgrounds. Young Ukrainians continue to campaign for a better future, which is now at risk. “
Thus, Erasmus National Agency and participating organizations are instructed to contact individual participants who are currently in Ukraine or Russia and are planning to visit these countries in the coming weeks to explore the available Czech options.
The new arrangement will ensure:
- Maximum flexibility in project implementation for Ukrainian students and university teachers
- Personal contact with participants who are currently in Ukraine or Russia or who are planning to visit these countries next week
- Customized support for Ukrainian students abroad
DAAD restricts scientific exchange with Russia
Following the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) restricted exchanges with the Russian Federation. At the same time, the exchange company is affiliated with its long-term partner organization in Russia.
DAAD Russia closed the application for the scholarship and rejected the selection for the DAAD Scholarship in Russia. German Scholarship holders who have already been selected will not receive any financial assistance for currently planning to stay in Russia. DAAD hopes that German universities will suspend all DAAD-funded projects with Russian and Belarusian partners.
“We know that this move is unjust and affects many scientists and students who work for peaceful and constitutional conditions as well as good neighborly relations. We are aware that many of our Russian friends and our Russian partners strongly oppose the campaign against Ukraine.” At the same time, in the context of the war, we consider it necessary to critically review the promotion of exchange relations with Russia, “said DAAD President Prof. Dr. Jayabrat Mukherjee.
London is currently the best place for international students
According to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking of the best cities for international students, the UK capital with the highest score of 100 is suitable for one semester abroad. Home to prestigious universities such as UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London, London has long been a favorite of students.
Two German cities, Munich and Berlin, will also make it into the top 8 best cities to study abroad in 2022. With a score of 97.4, Munich is even the second largest metropolis after London. Berlin (95.9) is in fifth place after Seoul and Tokyo (96.1 each). Melbourne (95.5), Zurich (94.9) and Sydney (94.3) completed the list.
For ranking, cities worldwide are rated on a scale of 0 to 100 according to the student’s mix and attitude, aspirations, employer activity, ability, and QS University ranking criteria.