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    MBU statement

    The leadership of Matej Bel University and its academic community are following the current developments in Ukraine with deep concern. We unequivocally condemn Russia's military aggression against Ukraine, which is a serious violation of international law and which is in complete contradiction with the values ​​of European civilization and the peaceful coexistence of European nations. We express our solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and in this difficult time we are ready to provide our Ukrainian neighbours, colleagues and friends with the support and assistance necessary to manage the impact of this military conflict on their lives.

    The main mission of Matej Bel University is to create and spread knowledge that protects, strengthens and develops democratic and humanistic values ​​and contributes to solving social challenges in the 21st century. In fulfilling our mission to be an open, dynamic and intercultural institution that provides education and develops science, research, innovation, culture and the arts, we respect the fundamental values ​​of freedom, democracy, law, respect for human rights and sustainable development. The current situation in Europe underlines the important role of universities in strengthening the values ​​of humanity, tolerance, solidarity, mutual respect and esteem, as well as in increasing social resistance to the spread of political propaganda, misinformation, radicalism and extremism.

    Matej Bel University joins the appeals for an immediate termination to Russia's military aggression and respect for Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity.

    SRC´s Presidium statement about current situation in Ukraine

    Slovak Rectors' Conference´s Presidium rejects the military attack on Ukraine and joins together with Slovak universities in expressing support for Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity and solidarity with its people. We call on university leaders to take concrete steps to help academics at risk to continue their studies and work. We call on the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic to be responsive and supportive to specific proposals for assistance submitted by our universities.
    President of the Slovak Rectors' Conference Dr. h. c. prof. Ing. Rudolf Kropil, PhD. spoke this morning with the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic and with rectors of universities in eastern Slovakia, where several thousand foreign students are studying, about important steps to support and assist Ukrainian students and academics as well as other students and academics at risk.
    The SRC´s Presidium joins the peace call and rejects violence and brute force as a means of resolving conflicts. At the same time, we emphasize the need to support critical thinking in Slovak society and the role of universities, their employees and students to oppose the spread of political propaganda, misinformation and alternative facts, but also extremism.
    In Bratiislava 24/02/2022

    Statement of the Consortium of Slovak Universities U10+ on the situation in Ukraine

    The Consortium of Slovak Universities U10+ carefully perceives the difficult and complicated security situation in Ukraine. The Consortium supports the principle of its territorial integrity, which is protected by International Law and considers the use of armed force by foreign State on the largest scale since World War II to be an unprecedented encroachment on Ukrainian sovereignty, a violation of fundamental human rights and a clear act of unilateral aggression.

    We, the management, the staff and the students of the universities associated in the Consortium, express our solidarity with the at-risk students and the staff of the universities, and we assure that we are ready to help them. We are well aware that we live in a closely connected world, and what happened to them may happen to us tomorrow. Our universities will provide you with the material and intangible assistance they have at their disposal. We publish this opinion and it becomes part of the attitude of the people of Slovakia, but also our practical attitude. We want to prove that it is true of this country and its people that we can support those who are in personal need; all the more so those who are victims of large-scale violence and injustice.

    February 27, 2022

    University of Economics in Bratislava; Catholic University in Ruzomberok; University of Presov in Presov; Technical university in Zvolen; Alexander Dubcek University of Trencin in Trencin; Trnava University in Trnava; J. Seley University in Komarno; Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra; Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica; University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava