Belarusian universities are getting ready to joint the Bologna Process, First Prorector of the Belarusian State University (BSU) Mikhail Zhuravkov told reporters before the opening of the international seminar Erasmus Mundus as a catalyst for internationalisation: sharing best practices and exploring future perspectives. The seminar is taking place in the BSU on 10-12 February, BelTA has learnt.
“I am convinced that Belarus will join the Bologna Process in 2015. The country has been getting ready for it for a long time already. No doubt, all our students are looking forward to it. In order to join the Bologna Process, our universities have to comply with certain requirements, like teaching disciplines in English, new courses for foreign students, etc. Now we have plans to introduce new inter-discipline courses in English,” Mikhail Zhuravkov said.
The Belarusian State University regularly takes part in various contests organized within the framework of international educational programs. In 2013 alone, 15 new educational projects were implemented at the university. The purpose of the projects is the academic exchange of students, teachers and scientists between the universities of the CIS and the European Union. Apart from that, the BSU has tremendous experience in training foreign nationals. At present about 3,000 foreigners from 42 worldwide study here.
Licia Proserpio, Coordinator of WEBB Project from the International Relations Division of the University of Bologna, noted that Belarus’ accession to the Bologna Process is very important for all the countries. “We assume an obligation to help Belarus join the process. So far, one of the biggest obstacles is incompatibility of Belarusian and European grades. It would be regrettable if the student mobility program got stalled in Belarus, because students coming from Belarus are well-trained and are very smart academically,” Licia Proserpio noted.
The international seminar Erasmus Mundus as a catalyst for internationalisation: sharing best practices and exploring future perspectives is organized by the Belarusian State University, the universities of Turku, Bologna, Granada and Iasi. Erasmus Mundus is an international educational program aimed at expanding international cooperation and enhancing the quality of higher learning in the universities of the European Union and the CIS member states. The seminar incorporates three sections where participants discuss post-graduate education in compliance with the EU higher learning standards, facilitation of academic mobility and recognition of diplomas abroad. Speaking at the conference will be international experts in the field of higher learning internationalization. Taking part in the seminar are about 100 scientists and educators from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey.