MISTI has suspended the MIT-Russia Program due to the war in Ukraine

MISTI has suspended the MIT-Russia Program due to the war in Ukraine

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), MIT’s hub for global experiences, has suspended its MIT-Russia Program. MIT-Russia was launched in 2011 to develop connections between Russia and MIT through student programs and faculty seed funds.

“The MIT-Russia Program condemns the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine who are being invaded and occupied in this unjustified war of aggression. We are suspending our MIT-Russia Program and will not be sending students, staff, or faculty to Russia. When the right time comes, we will continue our mission to work closely with selected Russian hosts and colleagues as a vehicle for building bridges and trust,” the MIT-Russia Program faculty directors, Elizabeth Wood and David Gamarnik, have said.

MIT students interested in practicing their Russian language skills or having an internship in the region, are invited to consider opportunities through the rapidly developing MISTI MIT-Eurasia Program. In addition, students are invited to inquire about internships with Russia’s independent and critical media outside of Russia.

Read MIT President Rafael Reif’s response to the tragedy in Ukraine.

Photo: Moscow metro. Credit: Tim Miller