RWTH: Two new associated partners from Ukraine join the “ENHANCE Alliance”

The European network ENHANCE is pleased to welcome two new partners: The National Technical University of Ukraine in Kyiv and the National Polytechnic University of Lviv (Ukraine). Both institutions will join the highly interdisciplinary network of partners from science, industry, politics and society.

The focus of ENHANCE is on a sustainable transformation of our society through teaching and research based on European values. It is therefore important for the alliance to support European universities whose operations are threatened by war. The network wants to build a partnership that will also build bridges beyond the current difficult situation and create opportunities in research and teaching in the coming years.

Professor Zaremba, Rector of Warsaw University of Technology (ENHANCE member university), states: “We have worked together very fruitfully in the past and we would like to strengthen our connection with both universities in these difficult times”. The increased cooperation will offer students and employees of both universities the opportunity to use the mobility offers of the seven ENHANCE member universities. Professor Anne Borg, Rector of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Chair of the ENHANCE Board of Directors, says: “ENHANCE is not just a consortium of seven universities that share a common goal of promoting excellence in education and research, but also an alliance , which takes its responsibility for European society seriously”.

The National Technical University of Ukraine was founded in Kyiv in 1898 and has around 36,000 students. It has 15 faculties and was the first Ukrainian university to sign the visionary Magna Charta of European Universities in 2003. Lviv National Polytechnic University was founded in 1816 and has around 35,000 students. It has 17 faculties and more than 100 departments.

For the time being, the focus of this cooperation is on the opportunity for students from both universities to benefit from attractive learning opportunities and to let them participate in our various ENHANCE ecosystems through virtual and physical mobility. In the medium and long term we hope for a meaningful consolidation of both partnerships through increased mobility, an exchange between the student self-government bodies and scientific cooperation. “It is absolutely crucial that we stand in solidarity with the universities in Ukraine and offer them opportunities to compensate for the disruptions caused by this terrible war,” said Naveed Syed, Secretary General of the ENHANCE network.

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