Vilnius University campaign to support Belarusian students and scientists persecuted by Lukashenko’s regime

Vilnius University campaign to support Belarusian students and scientists persecuted by Lukashenko’s regime

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Vilnius University (VU), together with the Vilnius University Foundation, has started a fundraising campaign to give access to studies for a larger number of Belarusian citizens to study and is ready to accept scientists persecuted by the regime. The campaign is launched in response to the intensifying Belarusian authorities’ repression against the country’s academic community, with large numbers of students, teachers and researchers being massively expelled from universities for their civic or political activities.

Until now, in response to the ongoing political disturbance in the neighbouring country, VU has received about 90 Belarusian citizens. About 50 of them are now studying for a bachelor’s degree, the rest – for a master’s degree.

Some Belarusian students of VU were awarded scholarships of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and exempted from tuition fees, with the most talented students entitled to additional incentives – a monthly scholarship of 200 euros to support them in the first year of studies. Businesses are also contributing to the fund established to finance scholarships of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and part of the financing will be covered by the state.

VU Rector Prof. Rimvydas Petrauskas says that a common history linking the two countries and solidarity with the Belarussian society obligates VU to help Belarusian citizens, emphasizing that the repression applied by the political regime should not become an obstacle for Belarusians to pursue education and develop their skills in the academic environment.

„We cannot be unresponsive to processes going in Belarus, especially as the situation shows no signs of improvement. So far, we have made every effort to support the Belarusian academic community, and we invite our alumni and all organizations and citizens who are concerned about the situation in Belarus to mobilize their efforts for more active support. Our support today can become the basis for the liberation of the neighbouring nation. So, it is a kind of investment in the future security of our state,” points out Mr Petrauskas.

VU presented a “one-stop-shop” procedure that will allow students expelled from Belarusian universities to continue their studies at VU if they meet the requirements set by VU. More information on this can be found here here.

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Funds for this project can also be transferred to a special bank account.
Beneficiary: Support Vilnius University Foundation
Account No: LT917300010165603996
Bank: AB „Swedbank“

 

Contact person:

Contact person:
Ervinas Spūdys
Head of Communication and Marketing Department
ervinas.spudys@cr.vu.lt
+370 628 81527

Project sponsors

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Natural persons

  • Test Test
  • Ieva Griniūtė-Tumelienė
  • Supported anonymously
  • Arvydas Montrimas
  • Tomas Mačiulaitis
  • Justinas Noreika
  • Lina Vyšniauskaitė
  • Jonas Kubilius
  • Edmunda Rudzevičienė
  • Larisa Belinskaja
  • Kristupas Tikuišis
  • Dalia Paškevičienė
  • Vilma Raslanaitė
  • Rytis Martinkėnas
  • Sergej D.
  • Ramunė Tamašauskaitė
  • Nerijus Drochneris
  • Ignas Urbonas
  • Dominyka Curukova
  • Ieva Žvinakytė
  • Mindaugas Mažeikis
  • Laura Sukyte-Eickmeyer
  • Albertas Lakštauskas
  • Artūras Malysis
  • Marius Lazauskas
  • Vytis Martinaitis
  • Paulius Kavaliauskas
  • Alina Lesnickaja
  • Artur Lastovskij
  • Diana Šileikaitė-Kaishauri
  • Lina Lina Mikaloniene
  • Aleksas Likas
  • Rosita Lukševičiūtė
  • Vytautas Nekrošius
  • Audrius Slažinskas
  • Andrej Didenko
  • Beatričė Juškaitė
  • Daina Vaidachavičienė
  • Robertas Sapronas
  • Andrej Kosiakov
  • Ausrine Dambrauskaite
  • Justina Bačiulienė
  • Monika Vasytė
  • Judita Barkauskienė
  • Viktorija Baikauskaitė
  • Diana Gancevskaitė
  • Mindaugas Šulskus
  • Tomas Arvasevičius
  • Mindaugas Mačiulaitis
  • Rimvydas Petrauskas
  • Gediminas Rimša
  • Kristina Bajorienė
  • Kristina Banytė
  • Živilė Monika Lazauskienė
  • Viktorija Vilkė
  • Artūras Berezniakovas
  • Elena Leontjeva