The University of Central Lancashire has pledged its support to help the people of Ukraine by twinning with a Ukrainian university.
UCLan has agreed to be one of the UK universities that will provide support to Uzhhorod National University (UzhNU), helping it maintain operations during the war and re-establish the university after the war .
The five-year engagement with the institution, which has around 15,000 students and is based in the west of the country on the Slovakian border, will initially focus on four specific areas.
UCLan will offer online English courses to support UzhNU students’ access to international content as well as short face-to-face English courses in Preston.
The University is also providing support through a national program to help transform student accommodation at UzhNU into more suitable accommodation for those displaced by the invasion. UCLan has offered to support with resources and funds to set up a crèche to help displaced women with children.
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In addition, UCLan will provide access to online library and computing resources through specialized educational platforms.
The partnership will also examine potential collaborative research opportunities, initially focusing on English studies and literature, social sciences, biosciences and medicine.
The twinning with the state university was confirmed in an online Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony attended by UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin and Deputy Chief Executive Ruth Connor.
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Professor Baldwin said: “We have all been horrified by the reports and images we have seen of the war in Ukraine. Collectively and individually, we wanted to step in and help as best we could.
“Through one of our collaborative transnational education consultancy partners, we immediately offered our support to Ukrainian universities after the invasion.
“Thanks to the hard work of so many people in the education sectors here and in Ukraine, we are delighted to be able to offer a range of support to Uzhhorod National University. The aid we provide will not only sustain the student and staff community through this devastating conflict, but will continue once the war is over.
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