Academic cooperation with Russia

Since Russia’s war against Ukraine in February 2022, Ghent University has suspended all forms of institutional cooperation with Russian universities and institutes that have pledged their support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine and that have sanctioned academics and students who have spoken out against the war. At the same time, cooperation on an individual basis with Russian academics and students who do not support the invasion remains possible in order to keep open communication with Russian academics and civil society.

Ghent University’s Eureast Platform fully endorses this decision. Support for the ongoing war and the assaults on civilians and/or attempts to persecute all those who exercise their academic freedom and freedom of speech can only be condemned and goes against the very idea of exchange of thoughts and knowledge and peaceful cooperation that the Platform stands for.