Launch of a new campaign to highlight links with Ukrainian universities

The #TwinForHope campaign was launched by Universities United Kingdom to highlight how partnerships between UK and Ukrainian universities are making a positive difference during the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The University of Manchester paired up with the Ivan Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University in the west of the country to support medical students whose studies have been disrupted by the war. The university provides academic support and training as well as teaching and learning materials, and hopes to start offering elective clinical placements here in Manchester for their senior students – the aim is to stabilize the pool of newly qualified doctors desperately needed in the war-torn country.

These long-term twinning partnerships will provide essential short-term support, so that students can continue their studies and researchers can continue their research. In the longer term, this collaboration will help the Ivan Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University to rebuild its campus and play an important role in the reconstruction of Ukraine.

“When the opportunity to support another medical school arose through the UUK Twinning Scheme, we were keen to help,” said Professor Margaret Kingston, Director of Undergraduate Medical Studies at the University of Manchester. . “It meant a lot to colleagues at Ternopil to receive our support, as their main concern was losing their teachers and students.”

“They have lost many students and staff as people have left the country or joined the fighting, funds have been embezzled and housing houses displaced people. They asked us to help them continue to provide medical education so that their pipeline of future doctors would be maintained and they would not suffer an even worse “brain drain” on top of everything else.

The university also supports Ukraine in other ways. In June, the University and the Society of Ukrainian Students worked together to organize attendance at a live Q&A session with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during which he thanked the universities for their support and discussed the Ukraine’s deep historical ties to British academia. There was such a demand for tickets that a second location had to be booked at extremely short notice to broadcast the session to students.

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