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Wednesday, March 09, 2022 at 12:01 p.m.

The URJC is dedicated to those affected by the war in Ukraine

The Rey Juan Carlos University starts a solidarity campaign to send medical supplies to the Zaporizhzhya Hospital and sets up collection points for food, medicine and healing material. The Vice President for Research also announces the reception of professors from Ukrainian universities to carry out research stays.  

Albert Rose

The humanitarian crisis caused by the invasion of Ukraine by Russia has mobilized the rest of the countries, which have turned to the cause and have initiated a series of actions and humanitarian aid to collaborate with the Ukrainian people in these difficult times.

From the Rey Juan Carlos University, after his institutional statement Regarding the invasion, the implementation of an aid plan for the Ukrainian people has been announced, among which the delivery of medical supplies to the Zaporizhzhya Hospital and the reception of professors for research stays at the URJC stand out.

Reception of Ukrainian teachers and professors

The Vice-Rectorate for Research, in collaboration with the Vice-Rectorate for Planning and Strategy, coordinates the reception plan for professors from Ukrainian universities. The Vice-Rector for Research, Visitación López-Miranda, says that they are in continuous contact with professors who have already requested a stay at the URJC.

“We know that some of our researchers already had contacts with Ukrainian colleagues due to stays they had done here and ours there. Now we are coordinating everything,” he explains.

From the Vice-rectorate, the different departments have been informed to transfer any application for reception in order to process it. For now, there are between five and ten places available in this regard. The Vice-Rector for Research says that with this collaboration "we are all enriched", since it is an internalization of the university that motivates to open networks and solve common challenges.

“In this case, it is also a way to help our colleagues at a time that is critical for them. To the mutual enrichment at a scientific level, that solidarity version is added”, he remarks.  

Shipping of medical supplies

On the other hand, several professors from the Faculty of Health Sciences, who have collaborated for years with the Zaporizhzhya Hospital, are proceeding to collect medical supplies for shipment to said hospital. To do this, containers have been set up for this purpose on the Alcorcón Campus.

Similarly, the Rey Juan Carlos University has activated the account number ES26 2100 6428 2013 0006 0408 to receive donations that allow the acquisition of surgical material that is not available in pharmacies. Members of the university community may collaborate by including the word UKRAINE in the transfer concept. This material will also be sent to the Zaporizhzhya Hospital.

Campaign to collect food, medicine and healing material

For its part, the Student Council and the BIC URJC and UNION Campus associations have organized a collection of resources for Ukraine at the Vicálvaro, Fuenlabrada and Móstoles campuses. Students who wish can collaborate as volunteers in the collection of food or provide non-perishable food, medicines and healing material. You are also invited to share the campaign on social networks.

Plaza de Cervantes on the Vicálvaro campus and the cafeterias of Fuenlabrada and Móstoles are the authorized collection points that until March 11 and from 11:00 a.m. to 17:00 p.m. will be open to any collaboration and help.

To participate in volunteering, the following links have been enabled to register depending on the campus:

Vicalvaro: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entradas-vicalvaro-289453271527

Mostoles: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entradas-mostoles-290853108477

Fuenlabrada: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entradas-fuenlabrada-290838855847

With this initiative, the Student Council and the associations BIC URJC and UNION Campus seek to help all those Ukrainians who are suffering the consequences of the war. The entire university is grateful for the implementation of this initiative and the entire community is invited to participate.