By Lyudmila Vierovskaya
“Modern highly qualified engineering staff are the basis for solving the most complicated issues defining the development of any state,” believes BNTU Rector Boris Khrustalev, an academician, doctor of technical sciences and professor. “In this respect, one of the BNTU’s most important tasks is the realisation of staff potential, meeting global political, economic and technological standards. The establishment of scientific-training centres, jointly with leading universities in the SAR, Germany and other states, will help us train our students using the latest developments and scientific achievements.”
The BNTU liaises with over 100 universities from 32 countries. Having preserved its academic school, Belarus’ major technical university reacts promptly to economic challenges, offering three new specialities annually (there are 85 in total at present). The latest — such as geodesy, ship building and nuclear physics — are proving popular with applicants. It is also the only Belarusian university to train military economists and sports engineering specialists.
The BNTU has been regularly taking part in the Hannover Fair and, for the past five years, has been organising the national sci-tech trade fair, under the order of the Belarusian State Committee for Science and Technology, the Education Ministry and the National Academy of Sciences. It has taken an active part in establishing the Belarusian-Chinese Technopark in Changchun, while supporting international educational and scientific programmes (conducted by UNESCO, UNIDO and the DAAD Information Bureau of the German Academic Exchange Service). It is a fully-fledged member of the European University Association (EUA), the International University Association (IAU) and the European Society for Engineering Education.
At present, over 1,000 students from 30 states, from the CIS and beyond, study at the BNTU, which is among the highest figures for Belarusian universities.