President of Ukraine

The Office of the President of Ukraine supported the initiative to establish the Ukrainian Global University

30 March 2022 - 15:25

With the support of the Office of the President of Ukraine, the government, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations are creating the Ukrainian Global University (UGU), a network that brings together the world's best educational institutions to provide Ukrainian students, scholarship holders, researchers and lecturers with access to educational institutions around the world, as well as new scholarships and postdoctoral programs.

Participants of the UGU initiative will have not only support, but also access to quality education and the opportunity to conduct research abroad, and then will be able to apply the acquired knowledge and skills in their home country.

In the future, the UGU team plans to launch internships and programs in Ukraine that will allow their participants to quickly reintegrate and contribute to the reconstruction of the country upon their return.

The initiative stipulates that displaced students, researchers and scholarship holders will not be abandoned.

The main goal of UGU is to overcome the devastating consequences of Russian aggression in Ukraine and to attract leading world experience to build a new Ukraine as a worthy member of the world community of free and democratic nations.

"Ukraine's integration into the world educational space has been and remains one of the key priorities of our state. Now Ukrainian schoolchildren, students, teachers, scientists who have suffered devastating losses as a result of the military aggression of the Russian Federation, need support! Investing in educational potential, we, together with leading universities in the world and Ukraine, are investing in the future. The establishment of the Ukrainian Global University is a call to the entire educational world community to support Ukrainian schoolchildren, students and scientists in obtaining quality education. These people will return to Ukraine to rebuild it after the war with world-class knowledge," said Olha Budnyk, adviser - commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Fund of the President of Ukraine for Support of Education, Science and Sports.

Currently, the UGU team is focused on establishing personal and institutional partnerships with schools, universities and research centers around the world, which will be ready to consider applications for medium- and long-term programs from Ukrainians and sponsor a number of students, scientists and researchers. Details and conditions are agreed with each partner institution separately, but all partners must sign an open memorandum with UGU, which defines common values and principles.

Partnership applications can be submitted at


Stanford, Harvard and dozens of other leading universities in the world have already supported the initiative.

"Stanford realized the importance of creating new educational programs for Ukrainians six years ago when we launched the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program. Graduates of this program have already made significant changes to improve Ukraine. I support UGU and call on all other universities in the world to support Ukrainian students and scholars," said Michael McFaul, a professor of political science at Stanford University and director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

"The University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne has a long tradition of solidarity with scholars and students in exile. It is especially important for us that UGU was founded by Ukrainian scientists who are now fighting not only for the sovereignty of their country, but also for our common European values. We will continue to provide our support after the end of the war, when Ukrainians return to rebuild their country," said Christine Neau-Leduc, President of the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne.

To maximize efforts, the initiative team forms a network of volunteers, which can be joined by graduates and representatives of educational institutions from around the world. They will help attract more institutions to the network, UGU is convinced, as they will be its ambassadors in their schools, colleges and universities. Volunteers can also contact the administrations of any institution around the world to initiate the process of establishing their partnership with UGU.

If Ukrainian students or scholars want to become members of UGU, they can use the simplified application process on the website. They will then have to go through the full or simplified application process at any educational institution listed on the platform to increase their chances of admission. A prerequisite for participation in the program for all students is return home after graduation or research completion to help rebuild Ukraine after the war.

UGU is also working with DuoLingo, an online language learning program, to allow Ukrainians to take English language tests for free and receive certificates wherever they are.

Leading domestic educational institutions and organizations, including the Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine Global Scholars, the Ukrainian Catholic University, the Emerging Leaders Program at Stanford University, the Professional Government Association, the SET University and the Kyiv Academic University, joined the establishment of the Ukrainian Global University (UGU). The initiative was also approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States.