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Statement by Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions on the Military Actions of the Russian Federation Against the Independent State of Ukraine
25-02-2022

The Lithuanian University Rectors’ Conference vehemently condemns the military actions of the Russian Federation against the independent state of Ukraine. Lithuanian universities are in solidarity with Ukrainian universities, their staff, teachers, students, and the entire Ukrainian nation.

We are ready to use all available resources to help Ukrainian universities in these challenging times. We will also help Ukrainians who come to seek asylum in Lithuania by giving them the opportunity to continue their studies or research or to settle in Lithuania for a shorter or longer period.

These events again demonstrate the importance of fostering an educated, democratic, and critical society. Our shared responsibility is to work together to develop a young generation that loves the country and is ready to defend it.

Universities are one of the most important institutions in helping a country create a strong social fabric. The solidarity and shared tradition of universities unite all those who believe in European values, democracy, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought at such times.

 

President of the Lithuanian University Rectors’ Conference Prof. Rimvydas Petrauskas

President of Rectors’ Conference of Lithuanian University Colleges Nerijus Varnas