By Irina Reutova
Belarus’ First Deputy Education Minister, Alexander Zhuk, tells us that the decision on Bologna Process accession will be adopted at the next Conference of Ministers Responsible for Higher Education from European countries, which is held every two years. It is next scheduled for April 2012, with a report on Belarus to be presented.
Belarusian higher educational establishments have been preparing to join the Bologna Process for some time, with a two-tier system of training created, alongside a system of education quality assurance — fulfilling all Bologna recommendations.
According to Mr. Zhuk, joining the Bologna Process (a common European space of higher education) will help Belarus ensure its high quality of competitive specialists’ training, while facilitating access to European programmes of academic and scientific co-operation and international intellectual resources. Moreover, Belarus will be able to develop its higher educational system to further national interests, taking into account international experience. “It is very important for us to work in a common space. I hope that Belarus’ accession will be positively resolved in April,” stresses Mr. Zhuk.