University life is inextricably linked with every day that brings us closer to victory. Whether we are on international partner trips or on campus, we talk about fighting the enemy. Our students, teachers, parents, graduates and donors of the university are an example and a testimony of unshakable strength – both on the front line and the homefront.
Read the university report on the eighth month of the full-scale war to learn more about our activities.
During the eight months of the war, together with donors, UCU allocated 4.58 million dollars to humanitarian aid. Most of the funds in October (33%) were directed to acquiring medical supplies, 28% to the health and development of children, 15% to the support of internally displaced persons, 13% to food aid, 7% to transport aid, 2% were allocated to acquire protection and security equipment, and 1% to improve university’s security.
Supporting freedom of speech and truth: The Roman Melnyk Foundation continues to provide scholarships for journalism students of UCU
Since 2013, the foundation annually allocates 3,300 dollars for scholarship support for UCU School of Journalism and Communications students from the East and South of Ukraine, bringing together young people from distant corners of the country. On the 10th anniversary of the death of Roman Melnyk, a well-known employee of Canadian television, his wife Tetiana and the University community commemorate his bright personality with kind words. “I’m sure my husband would be pleased to know that such good work is being done in his memory,” Tetiana said.
Giving stories a voice: The “Short Stories from the Great War” project presented at the university
The project “Short Stories from the Great War” tells the stories of ordinary Ukrainians who remain at the home front but show extraordinary resilience, courage and self-sacrifice like the soldiers fighting at the front lines. As of October 17, the team of volunteers managed to document more than 100 stories covering the territory of the Lviv region as well as the East and South of Ukraine. You can view them on the UCU website by following this link.
Holding the home front: UCU Volunteer Center in figures and individuals
On the first day of the war, students and employees of the university united and created a Volunteer Centerto aid those in need.
From February 24 to September 24, the “Volunteer Center of UCU” handed over about 467,000 units of medical supplies, food and hygiene products, tactical medicine, equipment, household items, clothes, ammunition and equipment. Although the volunteers’ activity has somewhat decreased after eight months of the war, the number of requests from the military has not. You can watch about the life of the UCU Volunteer Center, the aid provided and the challenges faced in this video.
Strong when united: The UCU delegation visited the American University of Notre Dame
After the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the University of Notre Dame significantly expanded its support and cooperation with the Ukrainian Catholic University. During their visit, colleagues from Notre Dame met with the delegates to facilitate the international institutional partnership between the University of Notre Dame and the Ukrainian Catholic University. Representatives of UCU presented their work in times of war, shared their experiences and participated in meetings and discussions, which are important for the further development of the university.
15th Ecumenical Social Week held at UCU
On October 3-7, a large-scale international forum took place – the 15th Ecumenical Social Week. Representatives of the public sector, business environment, state structures, youth organizations, educational institutions, religious institutions and churches of various denominations considered the meanings and values of the traveling identity per which Ukraine and the world live now. The event organizers are the UCU Institute of Ecumenical Studies and the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Ukraine.
“We came to show one of the best universities in Ukraine,” Oleksandr and Valeriya Pedan shared their impressions about UCU
This year Valeriya Pedan became a student in the bachelor’s program in sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Ukrainian Catholic University. While preparing for admission, Valeriya toured 10 Ukrainian cities and visited 12 Ukrainian universities with her father, Oleksandr Pedan, as part of their “Univer.Chek” project. The issue on UCU made it to the second season, which later will be available on the project’s YouTube channel.
Sophia Opatska, Vice-Rector of UCU, elected Vice-President of the European Federation of Catholic Universities (FUCE)
Sophia Opatska, the Vice-Rector for Strategic Development, was elected as the new Vice-President of the European Federation of Catholic Universities (FUCE) at the meeting of the General Assembly in Tirana, Albania. The FUCE was established in 1991. The organization aims to promote cooperation among its members, particularly in academic, scientific and cultural spheres.
The university continues to work actively on the home front. With your support, our coordinated mechanism will bring our victory ever closer.