Our Trier University of Applied Sciences has connections to Ukraine and Russia like all universities. In addition to universities, this mainly affects students from these countries and study with us. Furthermore, the university is continuously receiving new guidelines and information on how the university should deal with the situation.
In the presidium, the task is to process the information and disseminate it within the university. It is not easy to find the right words to describe what is happening and communicate it to all university members. Our position on fundamental democratic and liberal values is clear, yet we need to address individuals adequately to allay fears and offer assistance. Disturbing is the incoming feedback from students who have friends and family in Ukraine and report about the situation in the war zones.
There is no preparation for such a situation. One tries to act to the best of one's knowledge and conscience. Exchanges within the Presidential Board and with the various university offices help initiate the proper steps. Of course, these things are part of the job, but you don't need them. After all, with the Corona pandemic, one can be cautiously optimistic that we are slowly getting a handle on this issue and that there is a positive outlook, especially for students.
Hopefully, a peaceful solution will be found quickly in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
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