Representatives of the Belarusian Ministry of Education, the Council of Europe and the Bologna Follow Up Group gathered in Minsk earlier today for a seminar to discuss implementation of the European Higher Education Area principles. The seminar was organized with support from Belarusian State University. The event provided representatives of Belarusian universities, the European Students Union and other organisations with an opportunity to discuss the Bologna process and perspective development of the Belarusian system of education.
|Sjur Bergan, Head of the Education Department of the Council of Europe|
Participants of the seminar focused on some aspects of developing modern education, in particular on the demand for specialists on the international labour markets, internalisation of education and academic exchanges between students, researchers and teachers.
The event also took time to discuss student participation in university governance and autonomy of higher educational institutions in shaping up curricula and organising educational process.
|Mikhail Zhuraukou, Belarusian Education Minister|
As noted by Belarusian Education Minister Mikhail Zhuraukou, today training of qualified specialists is one of priorities in the Belarusian public policy. According to him, Belarus is interested in offering a range of educational opportunities both to Belarusian and foreign students.
During the seminar Deputy Education Minister Vadzim Bohush expressed his gratitude to the Office for a Democratic Belarus for having organised the first Belarusian visit of Observatory Magna Charta Universitatum last November and noted that several Belarusian universities already applied to join the organisation.
Members of the Bologna Follow Up Group reported that as soon as on March 24-25 Riga (Latvia) will host a meeting of BFUG where Belarus' application to become a member of the European Higher Education Area will be considered. After that BFUG will provide recommendations to European Ministers of Education on Belarus joining the Bologna process. Belarus' application will be formally voted on in May 2015 in Yerevan (Armenia).