They will never hold their diploma in their hands: The exhibition “Unissued Diplomas” presents the stories of Ukrainian students killed in the war. Photos, posters and images of diplomas and Ukrainian culinary delights immerse visitors in the culture of the country located between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. The exhibition, showing at Ludwig-Guttmann-Str. 6 from 24 February until 1 March, will additionally showcase how life and life goals have changed in Ukraine since last year. The initiator of the exhibition is the Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union. Students from SRH University Heidelberg have arranged for the works to be brought to our university.
“At the age of 19, Ivan dreamed of a free Ukraine and happy people around him, of his own business and a car. He studied languages and became interested in cycling. Then he died in an air raid to protect those he saw happy in his dreams.” That is just one of the 30+ stories featured in the exhibition.
Anastasia has been studying International Business at SRH University Heidelberg since October 2022, thanks to an SRH Scholarship for Ukrainian students. She is organising the exhibition in her new home country with other students from Ukraine. Anastasia comes from Odesa, and has also lost friends in the war. “Their deaths have influenced my thoughts and my way of life considerably,” she stated. By organising the exhibition, the students wish to inform all university members and Heidelberg residents about the current situation in Ukraine. “We want to honour the students of our country who have perished in the war,” remarked the 20-year-old student.