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ASU offers support to students affected by Russia's invasion of Ukraine


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March 02, 2022

Arizona State University has reached out to offer its support to its community as the war continues in Ukraine.

“Arizona State University is dedicated to advancing student success, global engagement and service to others, and we stand ready to support our extended university community with assistance and expertise as the conflict in Ukraine unfolds,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said. “Education contributes profoundly to the health of democracies by producing both thinkers and leaders, and in that spirit, we will continue to share our collective knowledge and care as opportunities arise.”

The university has several dozen international students from Ukraine. The International Students and Scholars Center has reached out to them individually to see if they need additional support.

“The entire academic community extends our care and resources to students who have been directly impacted by the conflict in Ukraine,” said Nancy Gonzales, ASU executive vice president and university provost. “I strongly encourage any student or scholar who is experiencing stress, anxiety, financial or academic strain related to the Ukraine conflict to contact our Dean of Students Office and International Students and Scholars Center so that we can get you the help you need. Our teams have been working closely with those impacted and will continue to do so.”

Any student affected or concerned can contact the Dean of Students Office, which will work to connect them to resources (find contact information for each campus at eoss.asu.edu/dos). The International Students and Scholars Center is working closely with the Dean of Students team to help coordinate support as well; find more information at issc.asu.edu.

ASU also now has ties in the country with the new American University Kyiv (AUK), which has just opened its doors. Future students there will follow a curriculum powered by ASU for a high-quality education in high-demand fields. AUK will soon welcome its first students in its master's and bachelor's degree programs in digital technologies, including computer and software engineering. It will add programs in business and global management in September, with more offerings to come in the next few years. 

AUK is the newest university to join the Cintana Alliance, an international network of universities working to develop academic programs that respond to the global demand for postsecondary degrees. As part of the network, AUK faculty have access to ASU’s online curriculum and expertise in digital learning, insights into how to build world-class research programs, and articulation agreements that enable students to earn an ASU credential or degree.

ASU also has a footprint in the region through the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, which advances use-inspired research and teaching on the languages, societies and geopolitics of greater Eurasia. The center’s core mission is to enhance contextual expertise and cultural awareness in the communities it serves, through partnerships across disciplinary, ideological and geographical borders.

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