Ukraine and Russia war
The situation between Russia and Ukraine has deteriorated: there now is a war. The BUas Executive Board and the BUas Community are shocked. BUas condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
We express our deepest sympathy with all our students and employees who are directly or indirectly affected by this terrible situation. At BUas there are about 35 students from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus and more than 300 students from neighbouring countries as well as several staff members who hail from these areas.
We are closely monitoring the situation in the affected areas and we offer help and care to our individual Ukrainian students and to our students from Russia and Belarus if needed. We support activities by students, staff and BUas, such as those for Giro555.
Support for students, applicants and staff from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus
- Exclusive performance by Ukrainian GO_A 15 May
We are very excited to announce that the famous Ukrainian GO_A band will perform at BUas on 15 May exclusively for all Ukrainian students in The Netherlands! They can sign up via this form in advance to gain access.
With this event, we aim to bring together Ukrainian students currently studying in the Netherlands. We would like to strengthen their sense of community, uplift their spirits and express our support.
We owe many thanks to our Ukrainian colleague Anastasiya Vaganova, Live Music Events lecturer at our university, who offered us the chance to bring the band to Breda. During the event, voluntary fundraising will take place for the benefit of Ukraine. All collected funds will be provided to Zeilen van Vrijheid (Sails of Freedom Foundation) in the Netherlands.
Well-being, health and safety
We are very much aware that many of our students and staff hail from Ukraine, or from Russia or Belarus, or surrounding areas. The situation has a significant impact on the well-being of students in our community. Obviously for those with family or friends in the region, but possibly also for students who are compassionate and concerned. Do you have questions, are you worried, or do you run into problems? If you need to discuss this, do not hesitate to do so. As a student, please contact your student counsellor or coach/mentor.
Students from Ukraine, or other affected students, or those with family or friends in the region are very concerned. This may affect your study progress. The BUas teaching and examination regulations contain provisions in which (special) personal circumstances are or may be taken into account. If necessary, please contact your student counsellor or coach/mentor.
- Financial support
Within BUas’s possibilities and legal options and if necessary, we will financially support our students from Ukraine, or students from Russia and Belarus, with urgent financial issues. Please contact your student counsellor if this applies to you.
Following the national UAS (Vereniging Hogescholen) policy about students from Ukraine, BUas reduces the institutional tuition fee for all Ukrainian students to the rate of the EU tuition fee for the academic year 2022-2023. This applies to current students, to current applicants (applying for a study visa) and to refugee students. Please note that Ukrainian students will still be considered non-EU students who are not eligible for Dutch student finance.
- Visa and stay in the Netherlands
The IND (the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service) is lenient towards students and staff from Ukraine whose visa is about to expire. Please check the IND website.
- Student counsellors contact information
For BUas student counsellors contact details, please check the BUas intranet on Student counsellors (sharepoint.com). BUas employees can of course contact their supervisor.
Well-being of other BUas students and BUas staff
The situation has a major impact on the well-being of researchers, lecturers and other staff in our BUas community. Of course, for those with family or friends in the region, but possibly also for employees who sympathise and are concerned.
We can imagine that this worrying situation leads to discussions in the classroom and elsewhere, and possibly also leads to tensions. Remember that wars are rarely, if ever, started by ordinary citizens, but that it is the leaders who send men and women into war. Since we want to provide a safe learning and working environment for all our students and staff, we request everyone to have a respectful conversation with each other.
Do you have questions, are you worried, or do you run into problems? As a student, please contact your student counsellor or coach/mentor. Contact details are available via BUas intranet on Student counsellors (sharepoint.com). As a BUas staff member, please contact your supervisor or your (academy) MT-member.
BUas Community support for Ukraine
The people of Ukraine urgently need help. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced. Families are separated from each other. They live in fear and uncertainty. We can help with food, shelter, medical care, and clean drinking water. You can also help.
BUas supports initiatives which support Ukraine. We received several messages and ideas from students and staff and students looking for ways to support Ukraine and Ukrainian families. BUas strongly advises to join the larger and organised initiatives for this purpose.
- Giro 555 and BUas
A well organised and strong initiative is Giro555 by 11 jointly collaborating relief organisations such as OXFAM Novib, Save the Children, Red Cross and Cordaid. BUas opened and supports a specific fundraising account for this campaign. Please check BUas Community (inactievoorgiro555.nl) and donate.
- Handjes in de Koepel
The images of the war in Ukraine and of the refugees make a deep impression on all of us. We feel a bond with the people of Ukraine. It is clear that the people of Breda are ready to offer help and shelter where possible. With no less than 2,300 volunteers we have made De Koepel a pleasant place to stay for up to 370 refugees.
The feeling of solidarity and togetherness gives rise to all kinds of heart-warming and concrete initiatives. We do this together with the city; with inhabitants, partners and entrepreneurs. Everyone wants to do 'something'. And to do more.
Breda has a historic twinning arrangement with the Polish city of Wroclaw. One of the first city-wide initiatives of Breda Makes Me Happy (BMMB) and the City of Breda was to collect goods and take them to our Polish sister city Wroclaw. Wroclaw has already received more than 100,000 refugees. That is asking a lot from this city and that is why we offer support where we can. There is now a particular need for goods such as long-life food, medicines and nappies.
Under the flag #BredavoorUkraine, we will be collecting relief goods and organising transport in the months to come. The wish is to maintain a continuous air bridge with Wroclaw. This is only possible with everyone's help and contribution.
Together in action for residents
Everyone can do their bit when it comes to collecting goods. For more information and to find out which products or goods are needed, please go to www.bredavooroekraine.nl (Draag bij voor particulieren).
*Drop-off time at De Koepel: Nassausingel 26 at the reception desk, either before 09.00 hrs or after 18.00 hrs.
Together in action for entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs are also called upon to collect relief goods in order to keep the intended continuous flow of relief goods to Wroclaw going. For more information, please visit www.bredavooroekraine.nl (Draag bij voor bedrijven).
- Other initiatives
If new initiatives arise, eg. by the Breda community, BUas will publish these here. If you want to report an initiative, please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUas will facilitate a temporary ‘BUas Club’ of students who want to cooperate to discuss the Ukraine situation and/or want to initiate or support specific activities. More information about this, will be published here.
- Laying the foundation. Every little bit helps in supporting Ukraine and Ukrainians, but students (and staff) who aspire to go the extra mile and want to help set up and run a semi-professional foundation to raise funds for Ukraine on a structural basis are cordially invited to send an email to Dirk Broeren, lecturer in Law at AHF. An initial and noncommittal Teams meeting to explore options will be scheduled soon.
Send some heat to Ukraine. During the Christmas holidays, Tourism lecturer Gerard Gielen is going to bring generators to Ukraine and you can support him. Gerard and Fred, a friend, had planned to help Ukraine already during the summer. Gerard says: ’The arrival of the cold winter and the brutal Russian attack on all Ukrainian power plants was the last straw for us, so we decided to start driving ourselves. Freezing cold must not become a weapon of Russia and this war must be stopped!’ They contacted a Ukrainian student who helped them to find a destination, and a place to cross the border. After Christmas, they will drive to Ukraine to bring them as many diesel generators as possible. You can support them by transferring money to G Gielen NL87 ABNA 0520 1413 18 mentioning 'HEAT'. Every bit of heat will help!
Travel and safety
BUas Student Office monitors the situation from a travel perspective. We basically follow the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please check Information from the government of the Netherlands. For Ukraine, the travel advice is obviously red, which means that travelling to and from this country is not allowed. We urgently advise against travelling to Russia or Belarus. For specific advice, please contact email@example.com.
Cooperation with Russian knowledge partners and suppliers
BUas will continue to support and facilitate new students from Russia and Belarus in their admission- and enrolment-process. Given the situation, BUas will suspend the current partnerships with Russian and Belarus business partners and knowledge institutes who have organisational relationships with the Russian or Belarus government. No new partnerships will be initiated. With this decision we are following the measures of the united Dutch knowledge institutions, based on the urgent appeal of the Dutch government and the Ministry of Education. This is supported by eg. the Vereniging Hogescholen (association of Dutch universities of applied sciences) and Universiteiten van Nederland (association of Dutch universities).
This decision entails the immediate freeze of all formal and institutional collaboration with educational and knowledge institutions in the Russian Federation and Belarus until further notice. The knowledge community in the Netherlands supports this call, but also regrets its consequences for education and research. Research flourishes through international collaboration and the open exchange of knowledge, insights and ideas. That is why we do not only take these measures, but we also support Russian and Belarusian researchers, lecturers, students and organisations who are speaking out against the invasion of Ukraine.