Belarusian universities provide various opportunities for foreign students, Deputy Education Minister Viktor Yakzhik said at a roundtable, High Technologies in Education, hosted by BelTA’s press center on 8 April, BelTA has learnt.
According to Viktor Yakzhik, in Belarus there is a flexible enrolment system for foreigners, which fully meets their interests and needs. For non-Russian speaking people there is an opportunity to undergo preparation courses. Over the past ten years the number of foreign students soared almost three times to exceed 16,000 people from 98 countries. The most popular majors among foreigners are medicine, engineering and general science.
According to Viktor Yakzhik, the 1st international forum European Quality Education (EQE Forum) which is taking place in Belarus these days will help heads of Belarusian universities, companies, educational organizations unite the efforts of higher learning institutions, postgraduate and extended education institutions of Belarus, the CIS, the European Union and the United Kingdom to improve the quality of education.
In his words, the recognized academic mobility practice has been steadily expanding in Belarus. The country has established close cooperation with international organizations such as UNESCO, UNICEF, DAAD, and the European Training Foundation. Belarusian universities take part in projects implemented by the European Union, Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, Baltic Sea Region, Poland-Belarus-Ukraine, Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus. The Council of Europe’s information center and the Tempus program office were opened in Minsk with a view to develop cooperation with international organizations.
Speaking about the opportunities that open before Belarusian students in national universities, Viktor Yakzhik said that Belarus is a member of the 1997 Lisbon Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region and is busy with joining the Bologna Agreement, which formal criteria are met today by the Belarusian high school: the first stage of higher education (4-5 years) stipulates the training of degreed specialists for the real sector of the economy and budgetary sphere. At this stage foreign graduates get an internationally recognized diploma; the second stage is Master’s degree program (1-2 years) forms research and innovation activity skills.