DAAD funds "Competence Network Interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies Frankfurt (Oder) - Berlin (KIU)" at European University Viadrina / Invitation to online media talk

Press release no. 35 from 28 February 2024

The European University Viadrina, leading the “Competence Network Interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies Frankfurt (Oder) - Berlin (KIU)”, has been awarded a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The network was successful in the competition alongside the “Denkraum Ukraine” at the University of Regensburg. The DAAD is providing a total of a five million euros for both projects until the end of 2028.

The President of the European University Viadrina, Prof. Dr. Eduard Mühle, commented:
“I am very pleased about the DAAD funding, which we at the European University Viadrina see both as an honour and an obligation: Thanks to the funding, we can further advance the many existing activities to promote and disseminate research, teaching, and knowledge about Ukraine, and together with our renowned international partner institutions in Ukraine and worldwide, we can strengthen and expand them. I am convinced that the network, initiated by the Viadrina, will contribute to a nuanced image of Ukraine and to an intensification of German-Ukrainian relations within a profoundly changing Europe. The funding underscores that we, as the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), are precisely the right place for a centre for distinguished Ukraine-related research in Germany.”

For further information on the planned interdisciplinary network KIU, Prof. Dr. Eduard Mühle invites you to a press conference on Thursday, 7 March at 11.30 a.m. (CET) in room 110 in the main building of the Viadrina, Große Scharrnstraße 59, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder). Please register by sending an e-mail to presse@europa-uni.de.
The opportunity to follow the press conference online can be offered on request by e-mail.

The “Competence Network Interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies Frankfurt (Oder) - Berlin (KIU)” initiated and led by the European University Viadrina, involves the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin.

Furthermore, cooperative research and teaching programmes will be carried out with partners in an international university network, which includes the University of Cambridge, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, the Willy Brandt Centre at the University of Wrocław, Vilnius University, the Kyiv School of Economics, the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Taras Shevchenko University Kyiv and Karazin University Kharkiv.

For more information on activities related to Ukraine at Viadrina, please visit:

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