Solidarity and Peace for Ukraine

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 May 20, 2022.

Airlifting relief supplies to Ukraine
Loading relief supplies at the Oberschleißheim airfield

Aid for Ukraine: Online event on the donation campaign of the KU, Collegium Orientale und Support International e.V.

On April, 24, Support International e.V gave its donors feedback on its recent relief efforts in Ukraine. The Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU), Collegium Orientale in Eichstätt and the organization Support International e.V. began coordinating relief for people in Ukraine immediately after the Russian aggression on Ukraine. At the online event, lecturer Dr. Petro Terletskyy, coordinator of the volunteer initiatives of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, reported live on the situation in Lviv. A focus was on medical aid for Ukraine. By request of Caritas Ukraine, donated funds will be used for buying and airlifting insulin to Ukraine.

Additionally, aid campaigns for refugees in Poland and Romania and a fund for refugees in Germany were presented.

Information for refugee students and researchers

[Translate to Englisch:] Geflüchtete

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.

For more information please see

Humanitarian aid campaign: Medication for Ukraine

relief campaign "Eichstätt hilft" - Eichstätt is helping
Donations being loaded in the courtyard of the Collegium Orientale: Rector Dr. Oleksandr Petrynko and students Alexander Adomenas from Kazakhstan, Hennadii Aronovych from Ukraine und Hanna Hanna from Syria

The current situation in Ukraine is catastrophic. The attacks of the Russian army are killing innocent people and destroying Ukraine's infrastructure. Millions of refugees who are seeking protection have ended up at the borders of their country. What is urgently needed now, is for instance medication for chronic illnesses and  drugs and equipment for medical emergencies.

In this humanitarian crisis, the KU, the Eastern Church seminary Collegium Orientale and the aid organization Support International have joined forces to send a relief transport with medical supplies to Ukraine in the next few days. The initiative is calling for donations as of now. We need at least 60,000 euros for an initial transport to provide the medical supplies that our Ukrainian partners have listed as most urgently needed.

Support International can procure drugs and medical equipment at short notice from the German medical aid organization Medeor, also known as the "emergency pharmacy of the world". Shipment from the Ukrainian-Polish border to Ukraine and further distribution will be effected by the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, a partner university of the KU in collaboration with the Ukraine branch of Caritas. The intitiators of the relief campaign are maintaining close contact with both institutions.

The Rector of the Collegium Orientale, Dr. Oleksandr Petrynko, solicits the public's support: "Ukraine is bleeding. She is fighting for democratic values with every single family, every woman and man and every child. But our ressources are dwindling. The people of Ukraine need your help. Please support our relief campaign with your donation."

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
reference: Medizinische Hilfe Ukraine

Donation barometer

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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

[Translate to Englisch:] Logo Wir helfen

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.

The online platform can be reached at

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Student fundraising and donation campaign

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 in Munich: The Eichstätt collection of donations supports a call for donation of the Greek-Catholic bishop Bohdan Dzyurakh. All donations will be used for church-organized aid projects in Ukraine. Donations can be made directly to the following donations account:

Apostolische Exarchie
IBAN: DE29  7509  0300  0102  1032  57
Liga-Bank München
reference: Ukraine Nothilfe Eichstätt

Donation barometer

[Translate to Englisch:] Spenden
[Translate to Englisch:] Verladen von Sachspenden
Donated items being loaded into a truck of the Malteser aid agency before transport to Munich

Donors can get a receipt for their donation.

In addition, the 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. For questions, please turn to Hennadii Aronovych, research associate at the Theological Faculty and available via phone (93-23327) or e-mail (hennadii.aronovych(at)

Donations can be handed in at the Malteser Eichstätt (Eichstätt Pater-Philipp-Jeningen-Platz 1, opposite pharmacy Domapotheke) on Fridays from 2 pm to 6 pm and at the dean's office of the WFI by arrangement with Ms Seyma Akin via dekanat-wwf(at)

Please note:
Since storage and transport capacities are limited, the organizing students would ask you not to donate clothes with the exception of thermal underwear, thermal socks and gloves and mittens.

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.

[Translate to Englisch:] Friedensgebet in Eichstätt
[Translate to Englisch:] Friedensgebet in Eichstätt
[Translate to Englisch:] Friedensgebet in Eichstätt
[Translate to Englisch:] Friedensgebet in Eichstätt
[Translate to Englisch:] Friedensgebet in Eichstätt
[Translate to Englisch:] Friedensgebet in Eichstätt
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The choir of the Collegium Orientale
[Translate to Englisch:] Prof. Gien
KU President Gabriele Gien
Oleksandr Petrynko, Rector of the Collegium Orientale