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Belarus, China sign agreement on mutual recognition of education certificates

Society 23.05.2019 | 18:04
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MINSK, 23 May (BelTA) – Belarus and China concluded an agreement on mutual recognition of education documents and academic degrees in Minsk on 23 May, BelTA has learned.

The document was signed by Belarus' Education Minister Igor Karpenko and China's Vice Education Minister Tian Xuejun.

“Our countries established diplomatic relations over 25 years ago. We have already signed several agreement on mutual recognition of education certificates. But time flies, situation is changing, relations are evolving, including those in education. The year 2019 has been declared the Year of Education of the Republic of Belarus in China. Universities of the two countries have also been actively cooperating with each other. The agreement on mutual recognition of education documents and academic degrees will boost academic exchange not only of students but also teaching staff,” Igor Karpenko said.

On 24 May Brest will host the fifth session of the commission on cooperation in education of the Belarusian-Chinese Intergovernmental Committee for Cooperation. “We will discuss a wide range of issues and our further interaction. I would like to emphasize that thanks to active work with China the number of Chinese students in Belarus doubled in the past year alone. Currently their number stands at over 2,000. I think that this is not the limit and the number of students will increase,” the minister noted.

Igor Karpenko recalled that 2019 has been declared the Year of Education of Belarus in China. “We maintain active ties. Today, our universities will sign a number of agreements. In Brest, a number of agreements will be inked between the regional and Chinese universities. The Confucius institutes and classes have been growing. The centers to study Belarus, the Belarusian language and culture have opened at Chinese universities,” he said.

China's Vice Education Minister Tian Xuejun, for his part, said that the purpose of his visit to Belarus is to promote cooperation in the field of education, which will deepen and contribute to the development of the Chinese-Belarusian relations in general. “The Year of Education in China is a landmark event in the history of the bilateral relations. I am sure that the intensification of cooperation in the field of education between China and Belarus will work for the benefit and will stimulate the development of the economy and social sector of our countries,” he noted.

A memorandum of understanding on academic exchange was signed between Belarusian State University and the Communication University of China. The memorandum provides for the exchange of faculty and students, scientific publications, organization of scientific conferences and visits.

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