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10 March: fundraising event at the HZ

The HZ starts a fundraising campaign for the people in Ukraine. The campaign is an initiative of the HZ Green Office and HZ SDG Events. All donations will directly benefit the Red Cross.

What can you donate?
Ukraine is in need of a number of specific products. You can make a contribution by donating:

Basic medication and first aid: plasters, paracetamol, disinfectants
Hygiene products: nappies, feminine hygiene, soap
Food: tinned food, dry food, baby food
Other: warm clothes, shoes, blankets

Would you like to help?
You can hand in items in Vlissingen and Middelburg. You can do this in the Atrium of the HZ in Vlissingen and at the reception of Het Groene Woud in Middelburg. You can donate things until Tuesday 29 March.

8 March: HZ emergency fund for students

Students from the Ukraine and Russia can make use of an emergency fund at various educational institutions in the Netherlands. The HZ, too, has an eye for students in need. The sanctions can cause financial problems for students. Ukrainian banks apply withdrawal limits and transferring money from Russian bank accounts to Dutch accounts is more difficult. That is why there is an HZ emergency fund.

As a student, would you like to make a claim on the HZ emergency fund?
You can submit an application for the emergency fund to your counsellor. You can also contact your counsellor if you have any questions. The terms and conditions can be found online.

The government is also making €1 million available nationwide to contribute to the aid activities of the universities of applied sciences.

4 March: Universities of Applied Sciences freeze cooperation with Russia and Belarus

The Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (VH) published the following today: "In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Cabinet makes an urgent call to immediately freeze institutional cooperation with educational institutions in Russia and Belarus in the area of education and research. As a result of this decision, all universities of applied sciences will also freeze their formal cooperation with institutions from these countries.

VH president Maurice Limmen: "As far as we are concerned, the sanctions are aimed primarily at the regimes in Russia and Belarus, not at individual students and staff from these countries who currently work or study in the Netherlands."

24 February: war in Ukraine

At HZ University of Applied Sciences we form a community that is international. We are deeply concerned about the situation and developments in the state of Ukraine. Our thoughts go out to all who live in the country and the region.

Many of our students are from Eastern Europe; in addition, we see developments that deeply affect both lecturers, students, and all people working throughout the organisation.

Sympathetic ear
We understand if you have questions or worries, and we wish to offer support. Please contact your study coordinator; should you prefer to speak to another person, one option is to contact Bert Schollema at +31 6 222 05 676, or staff members of International Office Astrid Umgrove at +31118489747 or Johannetta van den Broek at +31118489118. Furthermore, you could also contact our student psychologists via or check MyHZ.

What is happening now in Ukraine is terrible. We can imagine that this worrying situation is leading to conversations in the classroom and in the workplace and may possibly lead to tensions. As we strive to provide a safe learning and working environment for all our students and staff, we ask everyone to engage in conversations on this topic in a respectful manner.

Statement Vereniging van Hogescholen
We endorse the statement of the Vereniging van Hogescholen regarding the war in Ukraine (in Dutch).

Kind regards,
John Dane, President of the Executive Board