German universities host HE entrance tests for refugees

German universities are to make their premises and infrastructure available to conduct standardised examinations for more than 5,000 refugees from Ukraine for admission and continued studies at Ukrainian universities.

The online examinations will take place between 22 July and 3 October 2022 in uniformly defined periods at six locations in Germany: in Berlin, coordinated by the Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, as well as at Goethe University Frankfurt, the Universitat Hamburg, the University of Cologne and Leipzig University. In Munich, the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science has arranged to use the ‘Gorod’ cultural centre.

It is expected that about 5,500 people will take part in the tests in Germany. The exams will be conducted simultaneously in Ukraine and in the European countries where war refugees have found protection, according to a statement published by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK).

The German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, said: “The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has brought unimaginable suffering to the country and its people. It is all the more impressive how many young Ukrainians are preparing to study in their home country and thus for their future.

“With the six locations for university entrance tests in Germany, we want to support them in this and thus ensure the continuity of their education.”

Request for support

The Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science approached the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a request for support.

In consultation with the BMBF and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Lander in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK), HRK took on the task of coordination and quickly brought on board universities with the necessary logistical and technical prerequisites to ensure that the examinations are conducted in a legally secure way.

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