The KU is very concerned about the armed conflict in Ukraine. Our thoughts are with our Ukrainian students and their relatives, with our partner university in Lviv and with all people in Ukraine. The University Management calls for a shared prayer for peace and asks for donations for relief efforts.
Last updated June 23, 2022.
Information for refugee students and researchers
In view of the war in Ukraine, the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt declares its solidarity with the displaced persons from Ukraine. A webportal of the International Office of the KU is now providing information on reception, support and financial aid for students and scientists from Ukraine and other crisis areas. The overview with the most important information and links are sorted according to the target group and are updated continuously. The measures to support refugee students and researchers are coordinated by the International Office.
The KU has carried out an humanitarian aid campaign to help the Ukrainian population. Insulin worth 60,000 euros were transported to the Western Ukrainian city of Lviv. The delivery will help 5,000 patients get their insulin shots for one to two weeks.
The KU has joined forces with the aid agency Support International and the Eastern Church seminary Collegium Orientale to raise funds for medical supplies and medication to be sent to Ukraine. Support International and the KU are in close contact with Caritas Ukraine and the Catholic University in Lviv, a long-standing partner university of the KU. Our Ukrainian partners have reported that there is a great need for insulin at the moment.
On April 4, 21 coolers with insulin and additional crates with injection needles were delivered to Ukraine. The association "München hilft der Ukraine" was able to help out with a contact to facilitate air transport to the Polish-Ukrainian border. As part of the initiative "Ukraine Air Rescue", owners of small planes support an airlift for aid goods. For the insulin delivery, businessman Dirk Wember from Trossingen placed his propjet at the initiative's disposal. He was ready to fly from Munich to Donaueschingen at short notice before flying to Munich where the plane was loaded with goods at the Oberschleißheim airfield. He took the goods to Rzeszow in South-Eastern Poland, from where they were transported by refrigerator truck to Lviv.
Please make your donation to the bank account set up for this purpose by Support International e.V.:
Support International e.V. Volksbank Freiburg IBAN: DE32 6809 0000 0003 5025 11 BIC: GENODE61FR1 reference: Medizinische Hilfe Ukraine
Support International e.V. was first granted the DZI donation seal of approval in 1998. The organization was founded in 1990 and has a well-established experience with refugee aid projects, such as in Lebanon, Iraq and on the island of Lesbos. It is also involved in educational projects in Africa and the Middle East.
The Collegium Orientale in Eichstätt is an interconfessional college of the Eichstätt diocese. Candidates for the priesthood and clergy of different Eastern Churches live and study at the KU - currently among them are 30 young men from Ukraine. Since the beginning of this week, the Collegium has been collecting donations in kind to be taken to Ukraine (see further information on this website).
Volunteers for Refugees: New online platform for volunteers
The KU would like to bring together volunteers that want to get involved in helping refugees from Ukraine and other countries.
In the last few days alone, more than 130 KU students and employees have signed up on the online portal and offered their help. "Despite the terrible news, this show of humanity is a small grain of hope", says President Gien.
The integration officer of the Eichstätt city council, Simone Zink says that the Eichstätt initiative "TUN-Starthilfe für Flüchtlinge" had been able to get important experience in organizing integration offers and language classes 2015, when a great number of refugees arrived in Germany. "We can now profit from this experience and start building a network of volunteers again", she says.
Millions of people are now fleeing the war in Ukraine, and several hundred thousands of them have found refuge in Germany. Once before, in 2015,…
Collegium Orientale is asking for donations
KU Students are asking members of the University and the inhabitants of Eichstätt to make a donation. Collegiates of the Collegium Orientale are organizing the relief campaign, which is collecting donated items as well as money for aid projects in Ukraine. In this project, the Collegium Orientale cooperates with the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Exarchate (i.e. diocese in the diaspora) for Germany and Scandinavia in Munich. Donations made out to "Ukraine Nothilfe Eichstätt" have generated an impressive sum:
Donations can be made directly to the following donations account:
Donors can get a receipt for their donation. For donations up to 200 euros, a bank account statement is sufficient documentation for the tax authorities. The exarchy as an organization also guarantees the safe delivery of funds and aid goods to Ukraine.
Collegium Orientale has likewise set up an donation account for "Ukraine-Nothilfe":
IBAN: DE13750903000007625448 Liga Bank Eichstätt BIC: GENODEF1M05 reference: Ukraine-Nothilfe
Donation level on May 20, 2022: 41,000 euros
In addition, Collegium Orientale students are collecting donated items to be taken to Munich from where relief transports will be organized. Much sought after are: camping mats, sleeping bags, gas stoves, flashlights and head lamps, power banks for smartphones, thermal underwear, gloves and mittens, durable food such as dry food, cereal bars, chocolate, canned food, diapers and baby food.
These items can be handed in with Malteser Eichstätt (Eichstätt Pater-Philipp-Jeningen-Platz 1, opposite pharmacy Domapotheke) on Fridays from 2 pm to 6 pm.
If you want to sign up as a volunteer for the donation collection point, please call Cordula Klenk (phone 01516 5912577) or Janka Böhm (0151 67731846). You can also find these contacts and a list of most needed items at www.malteser-eichstaett.de/ukraine.
Christian Alberter, director of the Malteser's Eichstätt branch says: "Thanks to our good network and the Malteser's capacities and experience in emergency management, we can offer support to Ukraine via three pillars: We can collect and distribute aid goods to existing projects, facilitate and support spontaneous aid measures and collect funds to be given to local projects and to Malteser International."
Solidarity and prayers for peace
On the sad occasion of the war in Ukraine, last Ash Wednesday a vigil with a prayer for peace was held on the market place in Eichstätt. Several hundred people, among them KU President Gabriele Gien, Vice-President Prof. Dr. Klaus Stüwe and many KU students and employees convened in front of the town hall. The Eichstätt Mayor, Josef Grienberger, started the vigil with a short speech urging for peace in the world. Eichstätt Bishop Gregor Maria Hanke and the Lutheran pastor Christoph Hilmes then joined in a prayer. Students of the Collegium Orientale accompanied the event with hymns and the Ukrainian national anthemn.
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