Humanitarian Aid Hub
Our deepest sympathy goes to everyone affected by the ongoing crises in Ukraine and other parts of the world, whether personally, through family and friends, directly or indirectly. We are also aware of personal engagement of many individuals among WU's faculty, staff and students, who have been dedicating their energy, skills and resources to humanitarian relief work. Thank you!
Refugee Talents: A research-informed guide
A brochure produced by WU’s Judith Kohlenberger (Institute for Social Policy), Milda Zilinskaite (STaR), and project assistant Teresa Riosa, in collaboration with Austrian Economic Chamber (WKO) and Federation of Austrian Industries (IV). It presents research insights on refugee employment, dispels common misconceptions and provides useful tips for recruitment, onboarding and management of persons with refugee background. With quotations from scholars, humanitarian aid experts, and business leaders from Austria and abroad.
To download the guide in German, click on the title: Refugee Talents: Leitfaden für Arbeitgeber/innen zur Unterstützung von Recruiting, Onboarding und Beschäftigung geflüchteter Mitarbeiter/innen
To download the guide in English, click on the title: Refugee Talents: Guidance for Employers recruiting, onboarding, and integrating Refugees into the workforce
Refugee Talents brochure published
Photos from the brochure launch event and the podium discussion that took place on June 27, 2023, at the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). To read the post-event article by ÖBB, click here [in German]
Welcome to Vienna Brochure
Our dedicated student volunteers compiled an informational brochure with useful links and tips for refugees and asylum seekers in Vienna [last updated summer 2022]. To the best of our knowledge first of such kind in Austria!
Much of the information is specifically for newcomers from Ukraine. We hope some of it will also prove useful for individuals who are fleeing persecution and violence in other countries.
Please share with anyone to whom these guides could be helpful!
viaGerman: free German lessons for Ukranian children
This initiative was started in April 2022 by WU (CEMS) alumnus Lukas Pichler, with support from STaR. It offers free informal German lessons to Ukrainian children in Vienna, taught by WU volunteers. Over the past year, more than 30 individuals have joined and contributed to making a difference for 110 children from Ukraine.
For more details or to sign up for volunteering, visit: https://viagerman.com
Our team has compiled a carefully curated Google spreadsheet table with links to:
Volunteering & donations locally
Job search platforms
Click here: #How Can We All Help?
Additional information for students and scholars from Ukraine. CLICK TO EXPAND
Please share a link to STaR Humanitarian Aid Hub if you know a student or researcher who may be in need for help.
Hotline numbers and other important information! If you are a Ukrainian citizen or hold a different non-EU passport (third country national) but happened to be in Ukraine for working or studying, visit the website of the Austrian Federal Agency for Reception and Support Services.
Click here: https://www.bbu.gv.at
Also good to know:
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities (JESH): https://stipendien.oeaw.ac.at/stipendien/jesh-ukraine [in English] AND Sonderstipendienprogramm Ernst Mach-Ukraine [in English and German]
Information by the Agency for Education and Internationalisation (OeAD): https://studyinaustria.at/en/study/information-for-students-and-researchers-from-ukraine [in English and German]
University of Vienna: https://ukraine.univie.ac.at/en/info-for-researchers/ [in English]
MORE initiative (access to participating universities in Austria for persons with refugee background): https://uniko.ac.at/themen/more/angebot/index.php?lang=EN
Jobs for students and researchers: https://www.studium.at/jobs [mostly in German]
Jobs for students, also outside academia: https://jobs.oehweb.at [mostly in German]
Other job platforms, in Austria and internationally:
Ukraine jobs, Austria: https://www.ukrainejobs.at/
Waa.berlin: https://t.me/waajobs(Germany-based organization with focus on female professionals; their job platform requires Telegram freeware instant messaging service)
EmployUkraine: https://employukraine.org (UK-based charity organization & platform that lists jobs for skilled Ukrainian professionals)
Other EU and global support sites:
Students at Risk, table of suppor organizations provided by SAR: click here to download a pdf.
Russia Ukraine War - Resources and Initiatives by Female Founders organization, click here
HRForUkraine: https://hrforukraine.org (Human Resources (HR) Focus; licensed under Attribution 4.0 International)
Gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/s?q=Ukraine (US-based for-profit online fundraising/ crowdfunding platform; includes non-profit & charity projects and currently, support for Ukraine-related initiatives; please check requirements and viability of individual projects
A special thanks to Teresa Riosa for compiling a spreadsheet of online platforms and other tools for learning German. It includes:
Language exchanges where you can meet people and practice your German
Click here: Learning German
The list includes free and paid offers for learning the language, from beginner to advanced levels.
STaR Humanitarian Aid Hub: Our Purpose. CLICK TO EXPAND
We started working on STaR Humanitarian Aid program in late February of 2022. Our hope is to:
Initiate and lead humanitarian work that aligns with STaR mission at WU
This includes efforts to contribute to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 5 Gender Equality, SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 10 Reduced Inequality, SDG 16, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions and SDG 17, Partnerships for Goals
Serve as an additional dissemination channel for the humanitarian relief efforts undertaken by the WU Rector’s Office and various academic and non-academic units
Remain an information hub on humanitarian aid in the long-term future
Continue dedicating our activities and STaR Events, to both environmental and social, including human rights, sides of sustainability
“Hope is a verb with its shirtsleeves rolled up.”*
(*attributed to David Orr)
Here we post news on how to get engaged, opportunities for job seekers, and important announcements. Along with other STaR-related activities.