Posted: 01.02.2023 17:31:00

BSU signed six memorandums with universities in Zimbabwe

A wide range of scientific and innovative co-operation was presented by the Belarusian State University (BSU) in Zimbabwe, with the university delegation working on the sites of this country as part of the state visit of the President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko – as reported by the BSU press service

The BSU delegation headed by Rector Andrei Korol took part in the 2nd Belarusian-Zimbabwean business forum, entitled Expanding Horizons: Dynamic Solutions for Economic Development, as well as a number of events in education and science. In particular, Andrei Korol held talks with the leadership of the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, leading universities in Zimbabwe during round tables, meetings and visits. The National University of Science and Technology, the Harare Institute of Technology, the Chinhoyi University of Technology, the University of Zimbabwe, and the Lupane State University were presented with BSU proposals for co-operation. They concern the areas of medicine, pharmaceuticals, water management, water purification, geology, exploration of mineral deposits, biotechnology, ecology, soil science, etc.

In particular, colleagues from an African country were told about the production of medicines, ultrasonic gas meters, services for solving applied problems in the mining industry, and purification of polluted waters. In the field of agriculture, joint projects to study the impact of soil salinisation on plants and crops, the impact of climate change on the environment, etc. can become promising. Interaction in the area of education is seen, from the position of the Belarusian State University, in the training of citizens of Zimbabwe at the Institute of Additional Education, teaching in English in the magistracy, postgraduate studies, adult education programmes. The African side was offered the development and implementation of joint educational programmes, participation in scientific conferences, organisation of guest lectures, internships for teachers and students from Zimbabwe. In total, the BSU initiated over twenty proposals.

BSU is currently liaising with Zimbabwe within the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed in 2019 with the Chinhoyi Technological University of Zimbabwe. It is expected that collaboration between the countries will intensify in the near future, enabling to fill this document with concrete content and reach new agreements in the field of education and science.

The first result for BSU was the signing of six memorandums of understanding with the University of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Open University, the Lupane State University, the National University of Science and Technology, the Harare Institute of Technology, and the Chinhoyi University of Technology. The documents envisage the general provisions and conditions for inter-university co-operation in the field of education, science and the implementation of joint projects across various areas. It is planned to develop the academic exchange of students and specialists, take part in research and educational projects, exchange materials, plans, publications and other relevant information.