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In Solidarity, Dutch Universities Offer Help to Students & Staff From Ukraine, Russia & Belarus

Higher education institutions in the Netherlands are mobilizing with students from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus impacted by the ongoing war by providing financial and moral support.

According to a press release issued by the Universities of the Netherlands (UNL), there are about 495 students from Ukraine, 1,146 from Russia, and a few students from Belarus studying in Dutch universities, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“Furthermore, there are 134 Ukrainian and 413 Russian members of staff working in The Netherlands. They are living in tremendous uncertainty due to the consequences of the war in regard to their family and their personal situation, for example, with their finances and residential status,” UNL wrote in a press release.

Furthermore, the universities’ representative reveals that all higher education institutions are making funds available to Ukrainian and Russian students in a bid to help them overcome financial challenges imposed due to war.

According to Erudera.com, the following universities in Netherlands are providing such support for students and staff in need:

  • Universiteit Leiden
  • TU Delft
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG)
  • Vrije Universiteit (VU)
  • Maastricht University (MU)
  • Radboud Universiteit
  • Universiteit Tilburg (TU)
  • University of Twente (UT)
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Utrecht University
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e)

Furthermore, in solidarity with Ukrainian, Russian, and Belarus students, the Norwegian Education Ministry recently announced that this category could benefit from financial support, as some of the risk students discontinuing studies due to financial hardships. Thus, the Minister of Research and Higher Education, Ola Borten Moe, revealed that eligible students would get paid between €1,191 and €2,175 for doctoral students living in Norway.

“Many Ukrainian students in Norway are having a very hard time now, both mentally and financially. In addition, it is important for us that Russian and Belarusian students also participate in this scheme. These students are just as innocent in the war that has arisen as you and me,” the Minister stressed.

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Data from official authorities in Norway reveals there are around 150 Ukrainian students, in addition to 400 Russians and about 50 from Belarus. In addition, funds allocated for Russut – the Norwegian-Russian Scholarship scheme, have been used by the Norwegian government to fund this scholarship scheme, as the project has been cancelled for the rest of the year.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has recently revealed that more than 3.1 million refugees were forced to flee Ukraine, and more than two million are located in Poland.

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