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Belarus, Egypt in talks over educational partnerships

Society 18.06.2019 | 13:06

MINSK, 18 June (BelTA) – Belarus and Egypt are discussing a program to implement educational projects, Belarus' Education Minister Igor Karpenko told reporters on 18 June, BelTA has learned.

“The two countries signed an intergovernmental agreement in education in 1998. This agreement should be updated. We need to analyze what has changed and we are already working on it. Together with our Egyptian partners we have developed a program of implementing educational projects. This program is up for approval. I believe it will be ready for signing in the nearest future. This program is expected to give a fresh impetus to educational partnerships,” he said.

According to the minister, there are eight direct agreements between higher learning institutions of Belarus and Egypt at present. One of Egyptian educational institutions specializing in metalwork would like to establish partnerships with Belarusian National Technical University. “We have launched a joint training program for specialists working in Egypt's furniture industry. Apart from that, we are interested in the Arabic languages studies. Our students and teachers specializing in Arabic studies have gone on their first internships. However, our potential is far from being exhausted. It is pretty big and we need to pay due attention to this matter,” Igor Karpenko underlined.

He noted that merely two dozen students from Egypt study in Belarus. “We can offer a broader choice of majors, including teaching in the Russian and English languages. We can offer post-graduate courses for Egyptian nationals,” Igor Karpenko informed.

“In 2019 Belarus will launch its grant program for foreign nationals in line with the decree of the Belarusian president. This year one grant will be earmarked for a citizen of Egypt who will be able to take a post-graduate course at Belarusian State University,” the minister added.

The parties are considering a possibility to launch joint research projects, including within the framework of international science promotion programs.

Answering a question of a BelTA journalist, Igor Karpenko noted that a possibility to set up joint faculties is also on the agenda. Students of these faculties could study in the territory of Egypt the first two years, and then come here and finish their studies in Belarus. “However, this matter should be discussed in-depth with the Egyptian side,” he said.

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