War in Ukraine

Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) is deeply concerned about the current developments in Ukraine and for all persons affected by the conflict and suffering from its consequences.

Action plan for students and faculty of Ukrainian universities

Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) does not only express solidarity to universities in Ukraine but also offers support where possible and when necessary. Those measures are designed to support students in continuing their education and to support academic staff and faculty to continue their education and work as safely and seamlessly as possible.   

Bern University of Applied Sciences is currently developing support actions for students and faculty of Universities in Ukraine. Please find below the latest list of actions. We are frequently updating our support actions. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you want to apply for or participate in those actions.

General Contact

Applicants (students, scholars/researchers) are kindly asked to send

CV or academic CV
brief description of personal situation
(university, academic position, current address, family).

Please note that in any case intermediate English skills are required.

Contact addresses

Contact at BFH: support-ukraine@bfh.ch

Support for students leaving Ukraine

BFH is taking individual support actions for students from Ukraine by integrating them in international classes.

Applicants (students) are kindly asked to send

  • CV or academic CV
  • brief description of personal situation
    (university, academic position, current address, family).

Please note that in any case intermediate English skills are required.

Contact

support-ukraine@bfh.ch

 

General Contact

Contact at BFH: support-ukraine@bfh.ch

Housing

Individual support for housing can be provided related to the support action.  

Contact

Support for researchers leaving Ukraine

Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH is committed, within the scope of possibilities, to helping and welcoming researchers from Ukrainian universities. BFH is currently putting certain arrangements in place to simplify the admission process for researchers who have had to flee Ukraine.

For researchers who need to leave Ukraine the following options exist:

  • Junior visiting researchers (PhD candidates, postdocs)
  • Senior visiting researchers
  • Visiting researchers in ongoing projects of BFH (eg. SNSF projects)
  • continuing their research in our facilities

BFH, in collaboration with Scholars at Risk Switzerland and SNSF, is supporting Ukrainian researchers and their families temporarily with internal funds on a case-by-case basis.

BFH will decide, depending on the case, which of the options to consider. 
Please contact the following persons if you are interested or if you need any support:

Contacts
 

General Contact

Applicants (students, scholars/researchers) are kindly asked to send

CV or academic CV
brief description of personal situation
(university, academic position, current address, family).
Please note that in any case good English skills are required.

Contact address

Contact at BFH: support-ukraine@bfh.ch

Scholars@Risk

BFH is member of Scholars at Risk Network Switzerland. Through that we can provide places to host scholars from Ukraine universities.
Please visit https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/sections/sar-switzerland/

Contacts

Support for BFH staff from Ukraine and Russia

Individual support

Staff from Ukraine or Russia affected by hardship may contact their supervisors or the Counselling services at BFH.

Contact

Support for BFH students from Ukraine and Russia

Individual support

Students from Ukraine or Russia affected by hardship may contact their programme director or the Counselling services at BFH.

Contact

Further actions for solidarity

Jobs at BFH for people leaving Ukraine

People leaving Ukraine who are looking for a job in Switzerland are invited to apply for following Jobs at Bern University of Applied Sciences. The list will be updated frequently.

For Helpers

Offering Accommodation

Accommodation offers are coordinated by the federal government in cooperation with the cantons and municipalities, as well as the Swiss Refugee Council. If you would like to offer private accommodation for people affected by the war, you can do so here:

Links:

Teachers and class aids wanted

Call to students from the canton of bern

Despite the easing of the pandemic, the shortage of teachers is worsening. And as if that were not enough challenges, our elementary schools are confronted with many refugee students. At a time when it was already difficult to fill vacancies, new classes have to be opened in a very short time and even more teachers have to be found.

We would therefore be very grateful if you could, if at all possible, apply for one of the open positions and fill in for at least a temporary period.

You can find the open positions here: STEZE (be.ch) and here: Job portal of the Canton of Bern

Teaching refugee children and or youth

The municipalities and the canton are looking for potential teachers, class aids and people who would like to contribute to the education of refugee children and young people. If your are interested, please complete the following survey, this is only a non-binding registration.

Link:

If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Stefan Hess, specialist for staffing at elementary school, at 031 636 17 66 or stefan.hess@be.ch.

Campaign VSS

The Swiss Student Union has launched the crowdfunding campaign "Housing for Ukrainian Students" in order to support resettled students in and around Ukraine.