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Number of foreign students continues to rise steadily

According to Victor Yakzhik, Belarus’ Deputy Education Minister, who took part in the opening of the 10th Joy of Easter International Exhibition, at the Belarusian National Technical University, the 2011-2012 academic year will see the number of foreign students in Belarus rise by over 2,000. Over 12,000 students from 88 countries currently study in Belarus.

The annual Joy of Easter exhibition at the BNTU is already a tradition, with the university honouring the traditions of hospitable Belarus. The holiday is celebrated by students from Georgia, Syria, Latin America and elsewhere.

As 2012 is the Year of Book in Belarus, the jubilee event is dedicated to books as a source of spiritual, moral and cultural enlightenment. This year’s event includes the ‘Road of Good Charity’ campaign — an auction which raises funds to provide assistance to students with oncological diseases. The event aims to enable these students to believe in themselves and feel the care of friends and colleagues, while supporting families facing difficulties.

This year, the Easter exhibition displays works from church parishes, as well as Orthodox collections from Georgia, Syria and Latin America. Moreover, a personal exhibition by the Dean of the BNTU’s Architecture Department, A. Sardarov, is being held, entitled Christian Churches of Armenia and Belarus. Books and works by teachers and students from the Architecture Department are on show, in addition to an exhibition of 18th-19th century icons and books from Minsk’s Theological Academy and a photo exhibition by John Kunstatar (of the USA), entitled Light as a Measure of Faith.

The event is being organised by the International Association of University Graduates, the Belarusian National Technical University and the Belarusian Exarchate — with support from the Education Ministry.

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