01. March 2022

The University of Bonn shows solidarity with the people in Ukraine In solidarity with Ukraine: University suspends cooperation with Russia

Cooperation with Russia suspended

The University of Bonn condemns the invasion of Russian troops and expresses its solidarity with the people in Ukraine. In solidarity with German academic institutions, it is suspending all cooperation with Russian partner institutions until further notice.

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The invasion of neighboring Ukraine by Russian forces was met with shock. "The war in Ukraine is a blatant breach of international law that cannot be justified by anything," said Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch. "We appeal to Russia to immediately cease hostilities and stop the killing. Our thoughts are with those affected and victims of this criminal act."

He said the University of Bonn has a sustained commitment to peace, openness to the world and international exchange, even beyond system boundaries. In solidarity with the universities and research institutions in Germany, the University of Bonn joins the voices from academia that uni sono condemn the Russian aggression. As a first measure, the University management has decided to "freeze" cooperations with universities and research institutions in Russia; financial transfers will be stopped until further notice and no new projects will be started.

To the knowledge of the University of Bonn, no University members are currently staying in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. On behalf of the entire University, Prof. Hoch expressed his sympathy to the 111 students from Ukraine presently enrolled at the University of Bonn and assured them that the University will do its best to support them. A hotline is currently being set up for them: At 0228/73-5544, affected students can call in.

In this context, the University of Bonn also refers to support options that the German Academic Exchange Service will set up for researchers and students on its website (https://www.daad.de).

On a student initiative, a demonstration against the war in Ukraine will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, March 2, starting at 5 p.m. in the Hofgarten.

As a visible sign of the University of Bonn's solidarity with the victims of the Russian aggression in Ukraine, the baroque University main building will be illuminated in the evening with the Ukrainian national colors.

Contact for the media:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Archut
Dezernat für Hochschulkommunikation
Tel. 0228/73-7647
E-Mail: kommunikation@uni-bonn.de

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