A message from Study Group about the situation in Ukraine

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A message from Study Group about the situation in Ukraine

As the world’s media focuses on the news from Ukraine, those who work closely with international students are once again reminded that world events inevitably impact those who travel to study from across the globe.

Events in Ukraine have been described by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg as being “on a scale and of a type we thought belonged to history”, and naturally this is of deep concern to students from the region.

Study Group has long welcomed students from Ukraine as well as Russia. As the situation unfolds, our number one priority is always the well-being of our students. We know many will be deeply concerned for their families or worried by events over which they have no control.

So over the coming days and weeks, our staff will be carefully considering the implications for current students and those applying to study with us. Our concern is for them and our staff and agents in the region. We will join together with our university partners to support those impacted by events as we create a supportive educational environment for all those who come to us from right across the world.

The Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan once said, “Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name. It is the most effective form of defence spending there is.”

Our International Study Centres and universities are precious places of learning. As well as developing their knowledge through their studies and pursuing their dreams of study at universities, international students have the rare privilege of learning with people of every background and nationality. In the process, they develop the skills of respectful cooperation which will be important in their future careers and to building a better world for all.