Educational Solidarity in Action: FAU Hosts Temporary Exam Centres for Displaced Ukrainian School Leavers and Students

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Source: PACT4Ukraine Project

In a continued effort to support Ukraine, and in particular the Ukrainian higher education system, the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg has organised the operation of temporary examination centres for Ukrainian school leavers and students who have been forced to flee their homes due to Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine. This campaign, launched at the request of the Ukrainian side, is an important expression of solidarity in these difficult times.

FAU Vice President Outreach Prof. Dr. Kathrin M. Möslein, under whose auspices the campaign took place, pointed out:

“We continue to support science in Ukraine. The work of the two examination centres, which were established in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and our partner, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, is just one more demonstration of the FAU’s commitment to educational solidarity. As the saying goes, strength lies in unity, and victory is achieved through joint efforts.”

Thus, in June 2024, FAU provided all the necessary resources for two different temporary examination centres. One of these centres was organised at the request of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. From 3 to 11 June 2024 approximately 100 Ukrainian school leavers successfully completed their exams at FAU. For the sake of clarification, it should be noted that while these students were attending German schools, they were also completing their Ukrainian school curriculum, culminating in the computer-based National Multidisciplinary Test (NMT), which they have the opportunity to take at FAU.

Furthermore, in response to a request from a partner university in Ukraine, two examination commissions from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (KNU) operated at FAU from June 14 to June 21. These commissions, representing the KNU Educational and Scientific Institute of Philology and the KNU Educational and Scientific Institute of Biology and Medicine, operated in both Erlangen and Nuremberg. Five KNU professors supervised nearly 50 KNU students who successfully passed their exams and defended their Bachelor’s and Master’s theses.

FAU’s efforts demonstrate its unwavering commitment to supporting Ukraine during these difficult times. Such initiatives enable Ukrainian students to continue their studies and achieve their academic goals despite the challenging circumstances. This not only strengthens international educational ties but also helps to sustain and develop the Ukrainian education system.

The PACT4Ukraine project team and FAU Ukrainian partners express their deep gratitude to the FAU family. This support is invaluable and gives hope and strength at this difficult time for Ukraine.