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Support the Future of Ukraine – Friends of KSE

Friends of KSE, a Swedish non-profit organization, and the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) sincerely thank each and every one of you for the donations that have helped Ukraine through education. Your support has been instrumental in assisting Ukrainian academics, faculty, staff, and students at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE).

Since its foundation, the Swedish non-profit 'Friends of KSE' has raised more than 620,000 EUR to support students and academics at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE). This support is provided through fundraising efforts, financial contributions to KSE and relevant academics, as well as the provision of intellectual and humanitarian support to researchers, students, and the KSE department, both within and beyond Ukraine's borders.

Funding Daily Operations

Financial donations to Friends of KSE have provided a lifeline of funding for KSE, enabling the maintenance of salaries for faculty and staff and the continuation of both in-person and online classes during wartime.

Providing Scholarships

The Friends of KSE funding has helped KSE students who had to leave Ukraine but chose to continue their studies during wartime and went to our partner university - Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. The funding has covered the stay in the dormitory for full-time Ukrainian students and the costs of psychological support for all Ukrainians at SSE Riga.

Financing Bomb Shelters and Critical Supplies

Despite the ongoing war, KSE students remained committed to their studies and were supported by Friends of KSE funding, which provided essential resources, including certified bomb shelters. Additionally, the funding allowed for the delivery of two vans filled with generators, power banks, sleeping bags, and Primus AB equipment, ensuring the continuity of educational processes during air raids and power shortages.

Support for KSE Makes a Difference

Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing war in Ukraine, KSE maintained its operations, including teaching, admission of new students, and research activities.

While other Ukrainian universities experienced admission rate drops of up to 50%, KSE managed to limit its decline to just 10%, welcoming 170 new students during wartime. The leadership, faculty, researchers, and students of KSE actively participated in 120 international events discussing Ukraine and Russian aggression across various forums. Additionally, they contributed to discussions organized by leading universities worldwide.

Every Donation Matters

We, at Friends of KSE, extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for your support in advancing education in Ukraine. Every contribution, regardless of size, makes a meaningful difference. Special gratitude goes to Tetra Laval for their generous contribution of €500,000 to Friends of KSE. If you wish to join our efforts in assisting students and academics in Ukraine and contributing to the future of the country, please visit Friends of KSE to make a donation. The funds raised will play a crucial role in helping KSE maintain educational excellence during wartime and enable students to receive a world-class education in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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MARCH, 2023

Ukrainian Community at SSE Riga Continues to Grow

Thanks to the commitment of SSE Riga the Ukrainian community at SSE Riga is experiencing growth, boasting 17 full-time students, 2 Ukrainian researchers actively engaged in academic and research pursuits, and 2 Ukrainian technical staff members as integral contributors.


During the spring semester, SSE Riga extended a warm welcome to 3 exchange students joining the Bachelor program. They arrived from Ukraine following a specialized recruitment tour designed to enhance educational opportunities for Ukrainian students in higher education institutions.

Support Initiatives for Ukrainian Students at SSE Riga

The Friends of KSE initiative fully covers the stay in the dormitory for full-time Ukrainian students and the costs of psychological support for all Ukrainians at SSE Riga until the end of the academic year.


Additionally, the Alumni Association, which includes the Estonian and Lithuanian Alumni Chapters, is actively raising funds to establish admission scholarships for prospective Ukrainian applicants in the study year 2023/2024. The Estonian Alumni Chapter has previously provided individual living scholarships to Ukrainian students in need during the preceding term.

Proudly contributing to the Teach for Ukraine project, SSE Riga has 11 faculty representatives actively participating in teaching either partial or full courses at the partner institution, Kyiv School of Economics (KSE), Ukraine.


SSE Riga and Friends of KSE Extend Warm Greetings to Ukrainian Students

SSE Riga and Friends of KSE Initiative express gratitude to all involved, both staff and students. A warm welcome to Ukrainian students at SSE Riga!

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On 18 December 2022, two mini-vans filled with generators, sleeping bags, powerbanks, outdoor equipment etc, funded by donations to Friends of KSE, left Stockholm on its journey to students and academics at Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) in Ukraine. On December 20, all things were safely delivered in Ukraine.

Torbjörn Becker together with associates started the Friends of KSE initiative on 19 April 2022 to support students and academics in Ukraine with special focus on friends and colleagues at KSE under the fantastic leadership of people like Tymofiy Mylovanov (President of KSE) and Nataliia Shapoval (Head of KSE Institute and Vice President of Policy Research at KSE).

The Friends of KSE initiative got off to a great start with a 500k € donation from the Tetra Laval Group that recently sent 10M € worth of generators to Ukraine. Since then, other companies and individuals have added more than 100k € to support students and academics in Ukraine through the Friends of KSE initiative.

"The simple message of this story, together we can do some useful things for our friends and heroes in Ukraine at a very marginal cost to ourselves and if you plan it well and bring good friends and family for your trip it can be a great journey that you will remember and something to talk about over the holidays.”, says Torbjörn Becker.

Thanks to your donations via the Friends of KSE, you made it possible to buy two vans, generators, power banks, sleeping bags, etc. Outdoor products were donated by Primus Equipment! Even a bag full Christmas candies for the younger students.

With a van full of important necessities to keep our Ukrainian friends and colleagues warm, it was time to make the delivery. Torbjörn and his companions drove all the way from Sweden to the border between Poland and Ukraine.

Thanks to your support, the Friends of KSE initiative have been able to help a number of students and researchers in need for a safe shelter to continue their academic journey during difficult times. Your concern for our friends and colleagues in Ukraine, and the freedom of academics, is above and beyond.


Charity auction of the Christine König Gallery and Dorotheum (Vienna) with works by Ukrainian artists for the benefit of the Friends of KSE Foundation (Kyiv School of Economics) to support free living space and educational support for Ukrainian children and their families.

The project "SHELTER" supports the renovation of old touristik houses in the Transcarpathian mountains (near the city of Uzhgorod) for families who have lost their homes and are uncertain about their future. The auction proceeds will secure a safe place to live and learn for up to 40 children.

"Our aim is to provide safe living space and educational support for high school students who lost their homes because of the Russian military aggression in Ukraine", says Volodymyr Kadygrob Advisor to the President of KSE.

Works from 16 emerging and established artists represented at the auction. The collection is called "After January 24th": all the works (except Vova Vototniov photo from Maidan 2014) were created after the beginning of the war. The auction will be held by Dorotheum on behalf and for the account (conveyance) of Friends of KSE Foundation. All proceeds will go exclusively to the project "SHELTER", the initiative of Volodymyr Kadygrob in cooperation with KSE. No surcharges or fees will be added to the bid.

Art by Vasilina VRUBLEVSKA Carbon 2022 Filmphoto C-Print 52 x 71,5 cm

Christine Konig Galerie, Vienna

The gallery represents a variety of internationally recognized artists and works simultaneously with a decidedly younger generation of upcoming artists.



Dorotheum is today the largest auction house in German-speaking Europe as well as a leader in central Europe and one of the oldest and largest auction houses in the world.

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