Sanctions against Russia hinder cooperation in higher education
The sanctions imposed against Russia by the European Union have proven a hindrance to European Commission-funded programmes for higher education cooperation. First, Russia was excluded altogether from cooperation under the Erasmus+ programme, the purpose of which is to develop university teaching in partner countries outside the European Union. The European Commission then relaxed its interpretation of the sanctions to allow cooperation agreements that include at least one partner country in addition to Russia.
The commission has also ruled that Russia cannot function as the coordinator of the cooperation.
Cooperation programmes undertaken by universities fall under the scope of the sanctions due to universities being state-funded, explains Sini Piippo, a senior programme adviser at the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO).