MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – The delegation of the Republic of Tyva got interested in Belarus' best practices in training IT specialists. This matter was discussed during the visit to the Hi-Tech Park (HTP) of Head of Russia's Republic of Tyva Vladislav Khovalyg, BelTA informs with reference to the park's website. During the meeting, HTP representatives told the delegation about the history, achievements and development prospects of the park.
“Today, the Hi-Tech Park is the flagship of the Belarusian economy. It generates more than 4% of GDP and more than 30% of exports of services of Belarus,” HTP Deputy Director Kirill Zalessky said.
During the meeting, the Russian delegation was told about HTP's biggest resident companies and startups operating in the field of financial and medical technologies, game development, augmented reality and other areas.
“Our medical startups have a strong competitive advantage. They are engaged in the digitization of various aspects of diagnostics. Such technologies can often identify health problems much earlier than they are detected by standard examination methods,” he added.
According to the HTP, the Russian delegation showed great interest in the Belarusian expertise and knowledge in training IT specialists. IT education is an important area of focus of the HTP.
“Today, IT education programs are implemented in Belarus at all levels - from universities to kindergartens. Our companies set up joint laboratories at universities to offer on-the-job training to students wishing to work for these companies. There are elementary school courses introducing kids to information technology by means of the Scratch language. A very interesting project Informatics Unplugged is running in kindergartens for children aged 5+. This program is designed to develop kids' logical thinking and ability to think algorithmically in a playful way,” Kirill Zalessky said.
During the meeting the HTP and the Tyva delegation found common points of interest, which is particularly important for the Russian delegation in the run-up to opening of its own IT park scheduled for next year.