The war in Ukraine

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Hanken expresses its deepest sympathy and support to Ukraine and its academic community. This page is dedicated to the situation in Ukraine. Here we will collect news, information about different forms of support and other topical materials.

Organisation of response:

The management team at Hanken is responsible for coordination of the actions Hanken will take in response to the situation in Ukraine and be in charge of the related communications and cooperation with our partners and the authorities.

Hanken adheres to the guidelines of the Finnish State and the ministry of Education on research, education and student exchange cooperation with Russia. We will also monitor and adhere to decisions made internationally, such as any changes to European exchange programmes. 

What this means in practice:


At this time, we will not enter into new agreements or launch new collaborative projects with Russia, nor any entities under sanctions.


We will adhere to the travel advice of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs which is calling for people to avoid travel to Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. 

Student exchange

At the moment we have no student exchange with Russia.

Students from Ukraine

Hanken is participating in the joint initiative by universities to help students who have been forced to flee the war in Ukraine. Persons who have been granted temporary protection in Finland can take courses at Hanken free of charge. Hanken's study counselling services and open university will help these students in finding suitable courses. Read more here.


It is important to remember that despite the critical situation, we are all members of the Hanken community and all students and faculty are equally important and valued. We expect every member of our community to act according to our values, being inclusive and respecting one another. We have zero tolerance for all forms of hate speech, bullying and harassment. 

If you need support :

We all react differently in crisis situations. Reactions may vary depending on the person's role.

If you are not feeling well, think about what could help you and what has helped you in the past. Here are some examples that may be helpful:

Limit the flow of information
  • Read news e.g. only a couple of times a day
  • Limit the use of social media
  • Turn off notifications on your mobile phone
  • Be aware of what time of day you read or follow the news. Avoid following the news late at night, as it will affect your sleep.
Your basic needs
  • Maintain your routines regarding meals, sleep, leisure, sports etc.
  • Change your routines if it feels better
  • Think about which needs are most important to you right now and which ones support your well-being the most. Create e.g. a mind map of what is most important to you right now.
  • Think about which of your activities support you in this situation. What do you want to do?
  • Think about what takes your thoughts from the situation that is stressing you; a movie, sports, books, friends. Feel free to take a break by doing something completely different.

Shocking events affect emotions, thoughts, the body and activities. Negative emotions are also okay and normal right now. Do not try to avoid them. Reflect and accept them, even though you do not like them. Negative emotions end - sooner or later - but try to avoid a negative spiral.

Seek social support from family, friends or the work community. Think about where you get the best support and from whom.

The manager

The manager must lead the work and ensure that the basic functions work. Routines and continuity provide security. Your own work is important.

  • Be calm, take the time you need, do not make hasty decisions.
  • Make sure that you have the energy to cope and that you are able to relax. Use your contacts and networks.
  • Make time for discussion and questions.
  • Accept different kinds of reactions and emotions, support different individual ways of processing difficult situations.
  • Ask for external help if needed.
  • Support continuity and good will. Remind everyone to behave correctly and with respect.
  • Encourage your colleagues to come back to Hanken. Do things together with colleagues, have trust in each other.
  • Focus on things you can manage.
  • Feelings of insecurity are normal, no one knows what will happen.
  • Ask, stop, thank, listen, talk.

Source: Auntie and Terveystalo


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The HUMLOG Institute at Hanken is a world leader in research in humanitarian logistics, ie how to best reach out with help to people in crisis areas.