UKRAINIAN  students from Arts University Bournemouth have pitched ideas around refugee education to a group of policy influencers and tech industry leaders from Lenovo, Google and Microsoft.

Three AUB students, drawn from across the university’s undergraduate degree programmes, were invited to attend the event which was held by Learnit as part of the BETT2022 Conference at the Excel Centre in London.

The AUB group, which included two Ukrainian students, were invited to join politicians, industry experts, tech giants and international educators in examining educational issues raised by the conflict, and societal challenges faced by host nations taking in refugees.

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Michelle, an AUB BA (Hons) Animation Production student from Kiev, said: “At this event, we’re trying to find a way to help refugees, Ukrainian students and people that are suffering from different conflicts that are going on right now.

“I’ve had quite a few ideas about collaboration; I’ve been in contact with my friends at home and a lot of them are working online, but schools and universities in Ukraine are missing staff and students are having to try and learn by themselves.”

Simon Pride, AUB’s Head of Marketing and Student Recruitment, co-ordinated the university’s engagement with the project. He said: “I am so proud of our students. In a bewildering world, their bravery and creativity is a shining light to all of us. A reminder that change is possible.”