Education in Crisis: Venezuela and Ukraine

March 23, 2022

Free Webinar | 2:00-3:15 pm ET

The crisis in Venezuela has its origins in hyperinflation brought on by price controls initiated by former President Hugo Chavez, and spiraling debt. Sanctions imposed in response to increasingly autocratic rule by Chavez's successor, Nicolas Maduro, and plunging oil prices have led to the current humanitarian crisis, which has been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been difficult to obtain and verify academic records of the many Venezuelans who fled the country.

The armed conflict in Ukraine first erupted in 2014 and transitioned to a long stalemate with Russia centered around Russian- and Ukrainian-controlled border regions in the east. Russia launched a full-scale military invasion into Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and fighting has caused civilian casualties and pushed tens of thousands of Ukrainians to flee to neighboring countries.

How do each of these crises affect those enrolled in higher education? What impact do they have on access to and verification of records for the many Venezuelans and Ukrainians who have fled or are fleeing their country, as well as those who remain?




Julia Funaki portrait

Julia Funaki

Director, International, AACRAO


Headshot of David Mihalyi.

David Mihalyi

Associate Director, International, AACRAO

Photo of Ana Villavicencio.

Ana Villavicencio

EducationUSA REAC South America – Andean Region

Headshot of Tatiana McKenna.

Tatiana McKenna

Evaluator, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc (ECE)

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