War in Ukraine

We are shocked and deeply saddened by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We are supporting our students and staff from the region and welcome any aid initiatives launched from within our community. Maastricht University is trying to contribute all it can on an institutional, faculty and individual level.

Support for UM students and staff

Maastricht University’s Executive Board has sent letters to students and staff coming from Ukraine, offering them support and practical information. Students and staff from Russia and Belarus have also been contacted and offered support.

Aid for Ukrainians in need

  • Giro555
    You can also make a financial contribution to Giro555, the joint bank account of the Dutch aid organisations (including the Red Cross).
  • Shelter
    If you are in a position to give refugees a temporary shelter, please contact Takecarebnb.
  • Psychological help to victims of the war in Ukraine
    Support Human Rights in Mental Health – FGIP Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry
  • Help the children of Ukraine
    Donate to Maternity Hospital Leleka in Kyiv - more on Generate your Muscle.
  • Students for Ukraine
    Student initiatives that focus on providing humanitarian help to Ukrainians in need - read more on this Instagram page.
  • Helpukraine.center
    Ukrainian entrepreneurs collect medicines and goods. Donations are welcome through the German Ernst Prost Foundation - read more on this website.
  • Doctors of the World
    Providing vital aid both within Ukraine and at the borders - read more on this website.
  • Ukraine Eversley Foundation
    Collects and sends humanitarian aid for children, the elderly, rescuers and hospitals in Ukraine. Netherlands office in Hilversum. More on this website.

(This overview will be updated on the basis of new initiatives and relief efforts)

Other initiatives at UM

Aid drive

First there was the aid drive set up by two UM students. They recently joined the national student initiative Students for Ukraine, which also runs a collection point in Maastricht for humanitarian aid for Ukraine. Please see this list of needed relief supplies.

Venue and time:
Refugee Project Maastricht: Keizer Karelplein 5, Monday to Friday between 09:00-14:00

It is strongly suggested delivering the goods already sorted, so it will substantially accelerate the entire process.

Helping scientists in need (continuous)

As a sign of its solidarity with fellow academics in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, UM is currently exploring ways for direct support in collaboration with national and international organisations. UM is affiliated with Scholars at Risk and UAF.

  • Relief effort database

UM and UvA students are putting together a database of relief efforts for Ukraine and its refugees fleeing the war.

Initiated by INTERNaction and KAN Maastricht, the database currently has the shape of a Google spreadsheet, but will soon be a full-fledged website: Google spreadsheet Help Ukraine Now

Your aid initiatives can be submitted via this link: Your aid effort.

  • Crowdfunding campaign: support Ukrainian scholars at FASoS

In light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the threat the war poses on civilians, including academics, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) at Maastricht University has launched a crowdfunding initiative to support fellows from the Ukraine to spend 6 months at FASoS to conduct and present research and collaborate with other researchers.

Read more and support this campaign.

  • Faculty of Law: support for Ukrainian law academics

The Faculty of Law of Maastricht University offers five 4-year fulltime paid PhD positions that are also available to students from Ukraine. In addition, the faculty is in contact with a number of colleagues in Ukraine to assess what help and support they need.

  • Studium Generale | Lecture Series - The War in Ukraine

Robert Serry, the first Netherlands Ambassador to Ukraine, traces back the historical origins of the war, discusses possible scenarios for ending the war and looks into the future of Ukraine.

29 September How did the Unthinkable Happen and What are the Historical Origins of the Conflict?
6 October History in the Making: Possible Scenarios and Potential Negotiation Strategies for Ending the War
13 October Rebuilding Ukraine and the Key Role of the EU and other International Organisation

Karl Dittrich Hall, Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2 Maastricht, 19:30-21:30

New initiatives in support of Ukraine?
Let us know!

UM in the media on Ukraine

Background and analysis - selection