Special Address by President Zelenskyy

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Hear directly from His Excellency President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, in this special virtual event. 

The ANU Centre for European Studies is honoured to host a special address by His Excellency President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, on Wednesday 3 August 2022. 

President Zelenskyy will speak live via video link from Ukraine to an audience of students and community members across 20 Australian universities including an audience of students and dignitaries gathered at the main event in Llewellyn Hall, Canberra. 

The event will be officially opened by ANU Chancellor The Hon. Julie Bishop and will also feature a Q&A session between students and President Zelenskyy. The Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies, Ms Anne McNaughton, and the Head of the National Security College at ANU, Professor Rory Medcalf AM, will also provide observations and commentary. 

This event is a unique opportunity for students to engage - in real time - with a world leader navigating the confronting realities of war, and to reflect on the importance of upholding and defending the rule of law, democracy and the rules-based international order. 

Nearing six months since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, President Zelenskyy continues to inspire the world through his leadership and service to his country. We are incredibly grateful to have President Zelenskyy share his time and thoughts with our community. 

ANU strongly condemns the invasion of Ukraine and on 3 March 2022 released a statement in support of the Ukrainian people. 

We are proud to be joined by our friends and colleagues from universities and institutions across Australia, who will hold live screenings of the Special Address on their campuses: 

  • Australian Catholic University  
  • Australian Command and Staff Course - Australian War College
  • Bond University 
  • Central Queensland University 
  • Deakin University 
  • Edith Cowan University 
  • Flinders University 
  • Macquarie University 
  • Monash University 
  • QUT 
  • Swinburne University 
  • University of the Sunshine Coast 
  • University of Canberra 
  • University of New England 
  • University of Newcastle 
  • University of Queensland 
  • University of Sydney 
  • University of Western Australia 
  • University of Wollongong 

This event is proudly presented by the ANU Centre for European Studies, the National Security College at ANU and our friends at the Embassy of Ukraine in Australia.

Members of the public can watch the address from the livestream and join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #UnisWithUKR. 


Please note: this event may be cancelled at short notice.

Limited tickets are available for ANU staff and the general public.

Doors open at 4.30pm and attendees are asked to be seated by 4.45pm.



Registration is required for this event.

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This is an in-person, indoor event and ANU requires masks to be worn.

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