Students from Belarusian institutions of higher education complete the practical element of their training outside the country as well as in placements at home. The development of foreign partnerships for this purpose is encouraged within our universities and colleges. The Belarusian State Medical University, for example, co-operates with various foreign education establishments and research organisations. Each year more than twenty medical students undergo practical training in Poland, Germany and Russia following an international exchange agreement.
The students have to work hard to achieve the goal of a foreign placement, they are required to have high examination results, a bank of experience in the medical sphere and be able to demonstrate their active participation in the university’s public and scientific life. Final year medical student Tatiana Naumenok considers herself lucky to have obtained a place this summer under I.M. Sechenov at the First Moscow State Medical University, one of the most authoritative medical institutions in the CIS, and perhaps in Europe. Tatiana however, has made her own good fortune and has earned this privilege, telling us, “I have good average grades, and I am active in university life so I decided there was no harm in applying for training in Russia. I was very pleased when I had a call from the Dean’s office offering me the chance to go to Moscow in July. Of course, I immediately agreed. I have already had training in hospitals in Minsk, we assisted doctors during surgeries, examined patients and helped with diagnosis. I am sure that this experience will be useful for me, both in practice in Moscow, and in my future work.”
In Belarus almost every fifth young person is a student. While each generation has its own identity, the problems they face are basically unchanged. They worry about how to pass exams and where to buy a cheap lunch, as well as how to find work and juggle their busy timetables in a day that never has more than 24 hours in it.
By Kristina Khilko