Help for Ukrainian refugees in the academic year 2022/2023
Since the beginning of the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, the University of Economics and Business in Prague has been actively involved in helping Ukrainian refugees and the project to help people who find themselves in a difficult personal situation will continue in the academic year 2022/2023. A total of 34 Ukrainian refugee students have been admitted to study under the Free movers’ program of the Ministry of Education in the spring of 2022. In the academic year 2022/2023, 28 students who successfully passed the admission procedure and became full-time students will continue their studies at the University (20 Ukrainian students continue their studies at the Faculty of International Relations, 5 at the Faculty of Management in Jindřichův Hradec, 2 at the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics and 1 at the Faculty of Business Administration). These students receive scholarships to cover their living costs in the Czech Republic thanks to a subsidy from the Educational Policy Fund of the Ministry of Education.
The University has also hired two full-time visiting professors from Zhytomyr University. While Dr. Shimanska continues to work at the Department of International Economic Relations, the second professor terminated her employment at the VŠE on 30 September and returned to Ukraine with her daughter and mother.
The University also provided accommodation for 29 family members of the students at its training centre in Točna and at the dormitories. No more refugees are living in the dormitories and a housing contract will be concluded for the winter semester for 17 people, including 7 children aged 8 – 15 years.
The fundraising campaign for Ukrainian refugees, which was launched on 31 March 2022, continues. There are currently more than 400,000 CZK in the transparent account. The fundraising has financed, for example, the costs of a summer camp for Ukrainian children, Czech language lessons for refugees, accommodation costs for a visiting professor and partly accommodation costs for relatives of students.