Hampton University to Invite Students Studying in Ukraine to Continue Education on Its Campus

Ukraine United States Europe International Studies by Erudera News Mar 23, 2022

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The private, historically Black university in Hampton, Virginia, Hampton University has joined other universities around the world providing support to Ukrainian students and staff affected by the Russia-Ukraine war.

The university said it will invite 50 to 100 Ukrainian and international students currently pursuing studies at Ukrainian universities, to continue education on its campus for the 2022 Summer Session.

“The collective Hampton University faculty, staff and students are heart-broken because the war-torn country of Ukraine must deal with atrocities like the bombing of maternity wards, hospitals and other civilian areas. I think this partnership is something that can be beneficial to a great number of students and families. My entire career has been focused on helping people to achieve and meet their goals,” President of Hampton University William Harvey said.

According to the President, students should have been studying in Ukraine in order to be eligible to study at Hampton, and there are no other eligibility criteria.

As part of its efforts to help students affected by the war, the university will cover meals, housing, and tuition. Students have also been offered the option to stay at Hampton at the regular tuition and fees rates once the Summer Session ends.  

In 2019, Hampton University offered a similar agreement to the University of Bahamas to assist its students following the demolished campus of the University of Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. 

Similarly, the University of Chicago announced it is planning to offer full-tuition scholarships and other support to students and scholars whose studies have been disrupted due to the situation in Ukraine. 

The university stressed that the move was encouraged by the impact that was noted previously when it offered help to students and educators affected by wars and crises in their countries in the recent decade.

“The invasion of Ukraine and the devastating humanitarian crisis that is unfolding has many dimensions, including the disruption of the lives and careers of scholars and students who have the potential to contribute to new knowledge that will benefit humanity,” UChicago President Paul Alivisatos said.

Prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ukraine was home to thousands of international students from different countries of the world. As Erudera reports, there were more than 80,000 international students in Ukraine during 2019.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, about ten million people have fled Ukraine since Russia launched the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

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