One hundred undergraduates from China started their studies at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno
The training is carried out within the framework of the Agreement of cooperation between Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno and the Fund for support of training and development of talented students of the People's Republic of China.
The launch of the educational program was announced during the official meeting of representatives of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno and the Fund for support of training and development of talented students of the People's Republic of China. The meeting was held via video conference. In the near future, the first classes for undergraduates from China will be held online, due to the difficult epidemic situation.
"Despite the fact that we are separated by thousands of kilometers, I still want to say you: "Welcome to Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno!" said Rector Iryna Kiturka in her welcoming speech. "One hundred people today joined the ranks of Kupala students. These are undergraduates from the People's Republic of China, who will be trained in the fields of "Educational management", "Economics" and "Finance."
Iryna Kiturka noted that more than 900 foreign students from 28 countries, including 112 Chinese citizens, are currently studying at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno. The launch of the new educational program has increased the number of Chinese citizens studying at Kupala University by almost a half.
During the online meeting, Tian Di, a representative of the Fund for support of training and development of talented students of the People's Republic of China, congratulated the undergraduates on passing the entrance exams and wished them an interesting and fruitful study. Tian Di recalled that the main goal of the Fund, which he represents, – is to develop talents at the international level.
"Let me express my gratitude to the administration and teachers of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno for their help and efforts in the implementation of the project "Development of talents," said Tian Di, representative of the Fund for support of training and development of talented students of the People's Republic of China. "Belarus is one of the main partners of China, in the sphere of education as well. And today we are starting a new stage of cooperation between our countries."
Iryna Kiturka, Rector of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, also drew attention to the active development of partnership with China. She noted that at the moment there are 7 agreements between Kupala University and higher education institutions of China, thanks to which not only academic mobility programs are successfully implemented, but also joint training programs, including educational programs, which participants receive dual diplomas.
"The attractiveness of Belarusian education is growing. This is also noticeable in the number of foreign students who come to study here," Iryna Kiturka said. "As for Kupala University, we were the first in the Republic of Belarus among higher education institutions to adopt an internationalization strategy. We have been working hard to develop the competitive advantages of our University. A few years ago, we launched the "English-Speaking University" program. We are constantly working to improve the level of foreign language proficiency of our teachers. Now at the University the second level training on 16 specialties is conducted in English."
Undergraduates from China will also study in English. It is planned, that this month will start classes for Chinese citizens in three more specialties of Master's degrees – "Psychology", "Law" and "Literary Studies".
Undergraduates from China were told about the prospects of studying at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno during the online meeting. In particular, the Head of the Education Internationalization Centre Alena Belakoz demonstrated in the form of presentation why Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno can become a University for each of the students to realize their capabilities. In his turn, one of the Master's students Cao Xu expressed a wish to start classes in the traditional, face-to-face format as soon as possible, or, in any case, to come to Grodno at least for the solemn ceremony of awarding the Master's diploma.
By the way, the projects of the Fund for support of training and development of talented students of the People's Republic of China are supported at the level of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus. Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno signed the Agreement of cooperation with the Fund in February 2020. The document is a legal basis for conducting joint scientific research, students, undergraduates and postgraduates students exchange for their education, exchange of scientific materials, publications and information on relevant specialties, and also exchange of scientists and teachers for lectures and consultations.