The Guild’s Vice-Presidents meet to discuss Ukraine and international collaboration

Universities’ role in the changing geopolitical situation was the key theme as The Guild’s Vice-Presidents gathered for their second meeting this year on 17 March.

As the war in Ukraine has forced millions of people to flee the country, The Guild’s Vice-Presidents discussed the immediate and long-term actions the universities have taken to support the students, academics, researchers and university staff. The participants emphasised that support from the EU and national governments is urgently needed for the universities to be able to provide accommodation, study places and academic positions for people from Ukraine. Since the start of the war, the universities have provided concrete support to people fleeing Ukraine.

Zooming in on international collaboration, the Vice-Presidents welcomed Jonas Jonsson, Head of Division Pan-African Affairs at the European External Action Service, Nienke Buisman, Head of Unit International Cooperation, and Jens Hoegel, Policy Officer Science, Technology and Innovation cooperation with Africa at the European Commission, to discuss the EU’s Global Agenda.

The Vice-Presidents highlighted the importance of moving towards equal partnerships with African countries and emphasised the key role universities play in strengthening Africa’s knowledge capacity. They also affirmed The Guild’s commitment to continue its close collaboration with the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), highlighting the importance of responding to the needs of African partners in the creation of more equitable relationships in science.

23 March 2022

 

Published Mar. 23, 2022 1:38 PM - Last modified Mar. 23, 2022 1:38 PM