Daryna Zavhorodnia: Unissued Diplomas: The price of war in Ukraine

Daryna Zavhorodnia: Unissued Diplomas: The price of war in Ukraine Podcast

Never graduated, eternally honoured. This is the guiding notion behind the ‘Unissued Diplomas’ project, set up by the Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union (SUSK) and a group of volunteers with different backgrounds. The purpose of the initiative is to put the spotlight on a group of 36 Ukrainian higher education students who will never receive their diplomas because their lives were ended too soon by the ongoing war between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

This powerful exhibition has travelled to more than 45 higher education institutions worldwide, with over 70 showings in 22 different countries. The EAIE is honoured to welcome the Unissued Diplomas project to Rotterdam in September 2023, as part of this year’s EAIE Conference and Exhibition.

In this podcast episode, host Laura Rumbley talks to Daryna Zavhorodnia, project manager for the Unissued Diplomas project. We hear how the idea for this exhibition came about, the importance of partnerships and donations to the project, and how others can provide their support to Ukraine. Be sure to tune in to this EAIE podcast episode to learn more about this remarkable project.

About Daryna Zavhorodnia

Daryna Zavhorodnia is a fourth-year sociology student at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine), and the project manager of "Unissued Diplomas". She was an exchange student at the University of Toronto between September 2022 and April 2023.

Additional Resources

For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:

→ Unissued Diplomas website & social media channels:




→ United24 – official fundraising platform for Ukraine

→ EAIE Ukraine support and resources page

→ Karina Bilokon - One Ukrainian student’s story

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