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Through the Universities UK programme to match UK and Ukrainian universities, we have agreed a partnership with Karazin Kharkiv National University (KKNU).

Prior to signing our partnership agreement, a number of initial meetings and conversations took place between staff and student representatives at both universities, and we are working with KKNU to provide support in areas including academic links and staff fellowships, preservation of materials, and access to teaching resources. We're looking forward to seeing the partnership develop.

Related links

'Giving hope': UK universities twin with struggling Ukraine counterparts (Guardian) - with comment from Saul Tendler.

Sharing student stories from Ukraine (WONKHE) - report of YUSU's meeting with their counterparts in Kharkiv.

Ukrainian student leader honoured at York graduation ceremony

For further information, speak to your departmental contact, or email Vaughan McKee.

Professor Tetyana Kaganovska, President of KKNU, holds a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding.

Our partnership agreement

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between our two universities was signed over Zoom on 21 June by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charlie Jeffery, and Professor Tetyana Kaganovska, President of KKNU.

Professor Jeffery said: "It has been extraordinary to build a programme of collaboration with a University which has been under bombardment for months... it was both exciting and humbling to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will shape our collaboration through and beyond the war.” 

Professor Kaganovska said the MoU "will support the capacity-building for the restoration of the education process, creation of new methodological principles and practices as well as the agenda for sustainable development of our partnership despite the war. I am looking forward to the new actions that will be developed as a result of this mutual cooperation."

Read more about the partnership agreement

Preservation of books and manuscripts

We will arrange discussions with KKNU about the need for digitisation of their rare book collection, and how we can support them. 

Summer schools and short courses

Initial conversations with York's International Pathway College and the Global Programmes Team (International Recruitment, Partnerships and Mobility) led to a summer school being held at the CITY College Europe campus in August 2022. We see this as the start of our collaboration, and hope to offer a range of virtual and in-person options for KKNU staff and students.

Online access to books and teaching materials

York and KKNU are co-ordinating efforts to connect staff in relevant departments to allow students to access York's online repository of teaching materials.

SCONUL (which represents all university libraries in the UK and Ireland) is working with colleagues across the library community, including the Archives and Records Association, The British Library, CILIP, Jisc and RLUK, on support for Ukrainian academics, researchers, students and staff - both those still in Ukraine and those who are displaced.

Access via Research4Life initiative

Publishers involved in the Research4Life initiative (which provides institutions in low-and middle-income countries with online access to academic content) have agreed to make materials available with no charge direct to universities and other institutions in Ukraine.  

Staff fellowships

York is currently working with the British Council and the Council of At Risk Academics (CARA) to help facilitate KKNU staff applying for fellowships.

Longer-term academic links

Connections have been made between a priority list of KKNU schools and departments with their opposite numbers in York. 

Students unions

Connections between YUSU and student representatives in Kharkiv have taken place. YUSU are very keen to explore opportunities to support their counterparts in Kharkiv over the coming weeks and months: you can read more about this in the WONKHE article Sharing student stories from Ukraine.

At the July 2022 graduation ceremonies, we awarded Vitalina Shevchenko 'Master of the University'. As a student rector at Karazin Kharkiv National University, despite being forced to flee the city like many of her peers, Vitalina was determined that students should not miss out on their education and set about creating a series of virtual networks so that students could stay connected. We were proud to recognise her achievement: read more and view the presentation.

Related links

'Giving hope': UK universities twin with struggling Ukraine counterparts (Guardian) - with comment from Saul Tendler.

Sharing student stories from Ukraine (WONKHE) - report of YUSU's meeting with their counterparts in Kharkiv.

Ukrainian student leader honoured at York graduation ceremony

For further information, speak to your departmental contact, or email Vaughan McKee.