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Belarus-Russia Union State might launch academic mobility program

Society 18.07.2019 | 15:30
Igor Zhuk. An archive photo
Igor Zhuk. An archive photo

ST PETERSBURG, 18 July (BelTA) – An idea to launch an academic mobility program in the Belarus-Russia Union State was put forward by Chairman of the Grodno Oblast Council of Deputies Igor Zhuk at the 6th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia on 18 July, BelTA has learned.

Igor Zhuk noted that students, teachers and researchers from Belarus and Russia participate in European academic mobility programs. “It would be great to implement a similar program in the Union State. This would facilitate the exchange of students and young scientists and help encourage leading researchers of the two states to join the educational process,” the head of the Grodno Oblast Council of Deputies said.

He added that there are well-known professors and academicians both in Belarus and Russia who could share their invaluable expertise and knowledge with students.

Inter-university agreements enable academic exchanges, but they are mostly short-term due to limited financial resources of universities. Meanwhile, money for these purposes could be allocated from the Union State budget on a competitive basis. "Grant support would help scale up partnerships at the level of regions, universities, and between the youth," said Igor Zhuk.

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