| 10.03.2022

UNIFI: Finland freezes higher education and research cooperation with Russia – Support for Ukrainian students in Finland

Minister of Science and Culture Antti Kurvinen decided on Wednesday 9 March on new policies on Russia with regard to higher education and research and on preparations related to support for Ukraine. The univerisites in Finland follow the new policies refrain from all cooperation with Russian partner organisations in higher education and science

According to the policies, new projects should not be initiated and existing cooperation between organisations should be suspended for the time being. The processing of new initiatives related to cooperation between the authorities of Finland and Russia or Belarus will also be frozen.

Our policies focus on supporting Ukraine, not on Russian students and researchers. It is still possible to apply for entry to Finland as a student or researcher regardless of your citizenship.

Finland intends to support Ukraine and Ukrainians in the fields of higher education and research cooperation. The Ministry of Education and Culture, in collaboration with higher education institutions, is preparing measures to support Ukrainian students, staff and researchers in higher education institutions and to offer opportunities to study and work in Finland for those who are fleeing the war.

Finland also supports the decision of the European Commission to suspend cooperation within the framework of EU training and research programmes with Russian and Belarusian partners.

More information:
Universities Finland UNIFI
Rector Jukka Kola, Chair, tel. +358 29 450 5050
Executive Director Tanja Risikko, tel. +358 40 195 2037