The Invisible University for Ukraine prepares students for “a post-war situation where there will be reconstruction and engagement that may be international, not just national,” Balazs Trencsenyi, lead researcher of our Democracy in History Workgroup said to University World News.
“It is an alternative education model that can take care of the obvious problems that many societies are facing, and create another level of internationalization of education that is not just for elites who can afford study abroad schemes,” Balazs Trencsenyi said. According to feedback from students, the Invisible University was “life-changing,” he added.
The article also quoted CEU President and Rector Shalini Randeria. “The question was: How can we support students with some kind of continuing education?” she said. “Most of them were in the midst of university courses which were disrupted. For many of them who were in cellars during the bombardment, this was the only two to four hours where, on their phones, they were able to have some semblance of normality,” she noted.
The introduces Invisible University for Ukraine is a certificate program launched by CEU for junior and senior undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA and PhD) students from Ukraine, whose studies have been affected by the war. The program is implemented by CEU (Budapest Campus), in cooperation with the DI and Ukrainian (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Ukrainian Catholic University), and EU-based (Imre Kertesz Kolleg at the University of Jena) university partners. The project is supported by the Open Society University Network, with co-funding from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), as well as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
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