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Factsheet for measure EU-2022-18/2378 – measures in European Union

European universities show solidarity with Ukrainian partners

Country European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)
Time period Open ended, started on 27 April 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Deferral of payments or liabilities
Author Barbara Surdykowska and Eurofound
Measure added 20 May 2022 (updated 21 June 2022)

Background information

On 27 April 2022, the board of the European University Association (EUA) recognized the importance of engaging in reflection on the mid- and long-term post-war reconstruction of Ukraine and its university sector and considering as soon as possible how EUA and other European partners can actively support such endeavors. Consequently, the EUA is to establish a dedicated task force for this purpose. At the same time, the EUA approved a set of ad hoc measures to support the Ukrainian higher education sector.

The European University Association (EUA) represents more than 800 institutions of higher education in 48 countries, providing them with a forum for cooperation and exchange of information on higher education and research policies. Members of the Association are European universities involved in teaching and research, national associations of rectors and other organisations active in higher education and research.

Content of measure

As part of direct support to Ukrainian universities, the EUA agreed to take a series of measures to facilitate the full integration of Ukrainian universities into European activities and the establishment of a direct exchange platform with universities and university associations across Europe. These measures include, in particular:

  • waving of EUA membership fees for all existing and new members in 2022;
  • encouraging and accelerating new membership applications from authorized Ukrainian institutions and organizations (including the National Rectors' Conference);
  • granting access to certain services and events for non-member Ukrainian universities, where applicable; and
  • considering the creation of a voluntary solidarity fund to support Ukraine's participation in EUA activities.

Use of measure

No information available to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Other businesses
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


Social partners are not involved.

Views and reactions

There is no knowledge about any social partners reaction.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      M - Professional, Scientific And Technical Activities M72 Scientific research and development
      P - Education P85 Education
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Teaching professionals



Eurofound (2022), European universities show solidarity with Ukrainian partners, measure EU-2022-18/2378 (measures in European Union), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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