World · August 4, 2022

Ambassador of Ukraine will start talks on access to Australian university for students

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko said he plans to enter into negotiations with the Minister of Education to allow Ukrainian students to study at Australian universities with lower tuition fees paid by domestic students.
“There is a huge difference in tuition for domestic and international and for those who come here as refugees,” he told SBS News.

“But those who are now refugees in Europe, but might decide to come and study here, could use this opportunity to come and study here. Australia has some of the best universities in the world and we could definitely take advantage of that.”

In April, a number of tertiary institutions in the UK limited tuition fees for Ukrainian students to the level paid by domestic students.
In the same month, Scottish universities waived their tuition fees from the academic year starting in August, provided their application is approved.
Australia’s aid to Ukraine now stands at around $ 390 million after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese promised last month to increase sanctions against Russia.
Australia’s contribution to Ukraine is the largest from a non-NATO nation.

Myroshnychenko said Australia’s aid to Ukraine increased after Albanian met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev last month.

He said aid is multifaceted, covering coal supply, humanitarian aid and reconstruction, but it should extend to education as well.
The delivery from Australia of 70,000 tons of coal has just arrived in Poland, headed for Ukraine as the nation heads into winter.

“Ukraine is demanding more coal because winter is coming and we don’t have access to our thermal coal, which we have here in Queensland.”

‘Incredible, surprising’: Students reflect on the experience of asking Zelenskyy a direct question

The remarks follow Zelenskyy’s live speech to Australian college students on Wednesday evening.
The event hosted at the Australian National University (ANU), saw the participation of students from 21 Australian universities who joined through Zoom.
Myroshnychenko said the event was “historic” – a rare opportunity for students to ask questions directly to a leader of a warring nation and see “the human face of the president of Ukraine”.
“It was so beautiful to see the human face of the president of Ukraine, the president of the country, who is fighting the war against Russia.”

Bridget Shelley, a first-year student of international security studies at ANU, said that although it was intimate to ask a direct question to a world leader, she appreciates the moment.

ANU student Bridget Shelley in a striped shirt is interviewed by SBS.

Bridget Shelley, a first-year student of international security studies at ANU, said that although it was intimate to ask a direct question to a world leader, she appreciates the moment. sources: SBS News

“It was incredible. It was fantastic. I am so grateful for the experience. I am still processing in my mind that I was even able to ask a live question to a world leader.”

He asked the hardest thing about being at war, to which he replied: “I didn’t think people were capable of these things … The heroism of people walking out into the street with their bare hands [to fight]… and those people who came to our land [to fight us]it’s a shock to me. “
He said he made a strong impression with his responses.
“The way he was able to convey his thoughts and show emotions, it felt like he really touched me because it made me feel like: wow, he’s listening. He actually cares about people’s questions and what people want to hear. “

ANU archeology and arts student Olivia Claire Martin asked Zelenskky about the significance of Ukrainian Eurovision this year and the importance of the arts during the war period.

ANU student Olivia Claire Martin in a brown overcoat answers questions from SBS reporter Naveen Razik.

Archeology and art student Olivia Claire Martin says she was very interested in hearing Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s answer to his question about the role of the arts and Eurovision during the war. sources: SBS News

She said she was nervous as a non-political student, but his response put her at ease.

“I am so incredibly honored to have been able to have a platform for discussion with him, particularly about the elements I study as an anthropologist and archaeologist, such as pop culture. It is truly amazing to be able to hear his perspective and I can take that beyond.” .
It also served as a salient reminder of the cost of the war.

“It just showed how great it is. There are certainly times when, even if I have no direct relationship with Ukraine, you can sometimes forget how powerful the circumstances are. But a moment like this reminds you that it’s still happening and everyone has to continually do your part to help help Ukraine. “