Professional Integration HUB



A unique internship program for Ukrainian professionals in Austria


24 June 2024

Building a Community: The First Meeting of the Professional Integration HUB

Building a community is one of the most important tools for fostering integration.

On May 18, 2024, this vision took a significant step forward with the inaugural meeting of the Professional Integration HUB community. The event was a milestone, bringing together program participants, their curators, finalists of the selection process, and representatives of institutions and organizations that support and believe in our mission.

Among the distinguished attendees was Dr. Judith Kohlenberger, a representative of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, who specializes in forced migration, human resources, and integration.

Inspiring speeches were delivered by the program organizers: Olena Bekreniova, Olga Olefirova, and Yana Barinova. Their words underscored the importance of building a strong, supportive community to foster professional growth and integration.

One of the key moments of the meeting was the presentation of an exciting video about the HUB, which highlighted the stories and experiences of the guests in attendance. This visual representation brought to life the essence and purpose of our community.

The highlight of the evening was a collaborative painting created by the guests. This artwork symbolized unity and a shared vision for the future, reflecting the collective spirit and dedication of all involved in the HUB.

We are deeply grateful to our guests and supporters. As we embark on this journey, we are committed to forming a vibrant community of Ukrainian professionals in Austria.

Together, we will continue to build bridges and foster professional integration, ensuring a brighter future for all. Stay connected with us for more updates and join us in this exciting venture.

The Professional Integration HUB is initiated by ERSTE Foundation. The project is implemented by the European Centre for Freedom and Independence.