MINSK, 27 October (BelTA) – Belarus is setting up platforms to support young people who have ideas, Chairman of the Belarusian State Committee on Science and Technology Aleksandr Shumilin said as he took part in the 9th Forum of Engineering and Technology Universities of the Belarus-Russia Union State hosted by Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU), BelTA has learned.
“This is the ninth forum, and it is very important for us to cooperate with foreign colleagues in training of specialists of the highest qualifications, i.e. technology engineers. In recent years, BNTU has opened a major "Designing and operating nuclear power plants." We are launching a nuclear power plant and, of course, we need specialists of appropriate qualifications. Belarus is actively developing electric transport. This year, BNTU started a major in the design and operation of electric vehicles. The third area is, of course, medicine and medical instrument-making industry. Two majors have been launched in this direction,” Aleksandr Shumilin said.
According to him, Belarus pays a lot of attention to the development of innovative entrepreneurship. "Traditionally, since 2013, the forum has been hosting a competition of start-up projects of students, and we provide our support to the winners at the state level, implement joint new projects. Today, Belarus operates 17 technoparks, the university's Polytechnic technopark being one of the oldest. Such a well-known company as Regula is one of the first residents of the technopark. Today we are creating new platforms to support young people who have ideas. We start from a contest, allocate grants and then we implement major projects, business plans as part of the state program of innovative development,” Aleksandr Shumilin noted.
Over 100 years, BNTU has trained more than 9,000 specialists for more than 90 countries. "This attests to the high level of education in Belarus and the Union State," said Aleksandr Shumilin. “Engineering is one of the most difficult majors. There can be no innovative development without the training of appropriate specialists. Such forums are an opportunity to involve young people in science. Many innovations are born in the students environment. On our part, we should create a platform to nurture business and turn an idea into a product.”
The 9th Forum of Engineering and Technology Universities of the Belarus-Russia Union State is running from 26 to 30 October. This year the event brought together over 200 participants from more than 100 universities of Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Poland, China, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
The forum consists of four sections: Arctic, Development of Engineering Education in the Union State, Youth innovative entrepreneurship and Centenary of Belarusian National Technical University encompassing more than 12 seminars across various areas of science and technology. This year's forum will take place partially online on the Microsoft Teams platform, where each section will have a separate discussion area that anyone can join.
The organizers of the 9th Forum of Engineering and Technology Universities of the Belarus-Russia Union State are Belarusian National Technical University and Alekseev Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University with the support of the Standing Committee of the Union State, the Education Ministry of Belarus and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.