The Governing Board of the Alliance “European University of the Seas” (SEA-EU) composed of the Universities of Cadiz (Spain), Western Brittany (Brest, France), Kiel (Germany), Gdansk (Poland), Split (Croatia), Malta, Parthenope-Naples (Italy), Algarve (Portugal) and Nord (Norway) would like to express its support and solidarity to the people of Ukraine and its academic institutions in these difficult times.
As a European University Alliance which proclaims in its Mission Statement the validity of European values such as human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, we condemn the aggression initiated by Russia on the territory of Ukraine.
The European University of the Seas and its partner Universities will cooperate in every possible way to redress this situation and to minimise the effects of this aggression on the academic communities and on the population of Ukraine.
We, the 41 Alliances of European Universities, representing about 300 European Higher Education institutions, stand together and send our strongest solidarity to the Ukrainian people after Russian Government’s attack. We also strongly condemn the bombardment of Kharkiv National University. Our Alliances have been built on a shared vision of a welcoming and peaceful Europe: we urge all stakeholders to restore peace, democracy and respect of human rights in Ukraine.
Many of our Alliances have partners located in the Ukraine’s region: they have started to host Ukrainian refugees, including members of Ukrainian academic community. In solidarity, other Alliances’ partners are setting up mechanisms to support them (fund raising, supply of basic goods, scholarships, etc.).
True to the European values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, and human rights, our Alliances will remain inclusive to all students and academics and will continue to provide support to all who are affected by this tragic situation.