The main goal of the contract was strengthening of the friendship between Belarus and China, development of the cooperation between the universities, and training of specialists necessary for social and economic growth of both states, teaching staff exchanges and development of research activities
In particular, the universities should jointly train Bachelor and Master students, and also continue cooperation within student academic exchanges. The teaching staff of our alma mater would visit CQUT for training for the first time. Besides, the contract allows admission of students to the joint doctorate studies. After the successful completion of study program, graduates will get a higher education diploma, issued by the country where student studied the last 2 years.
As YKSUG authorities told, such contracts grant a variety of benefits to the University. First of all, it’s the opportunity for our alma mater to increase recognition within the world educational area, to become more competitive from the side of quality and the variety of provided educational services, improve University’s positions in world rankings and get to the brand new level of collaboration with foreign organizations and universities.
Moreover, joint training of bachelor, master and doctorate level IT-specialists had been discussed during the visit of Chonqing Univeristy of Technology delegation to YKSUG in November, 2016. During that visit, the delegation of CQUT and YKSUG authorities agreed on the respective contract.
As a result, the Chinese party addressed a letter of gratitude to the Rector, Andrei Korol, and the whole University, in which they admired coherence and consistency of the activities on broadening and widening of the cooperation between two higher education institutions.
Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno and Chongqing University of Technology have been involved into long-time relations, which were developing for the past five years. The official partnership of two universities had begun on February 1st, 2013, when the memorandum of understanding of cooperation in the field of student academic exchanges on a parity basis. In June, 2016 represents of CQUT visited YKSUG, and they got acquainted with the University and agreed on the widening of the fields of cooperation at that time.
In May, 2014, the delegation of YKSUG, headed by the Rector, Andrei Korol, visited Chongqing University of Technology. During the lots of meetings with CQUT authorities, they discussed issues of long-term mutually profitable cooperation, including joint training of specialists.
During five-year partnership, 13 students of YKSUG conducted studying at CQUT. At their turn, students of CQUT were given a possibility to study Russian language at YKSUG as a parity exchange. Some of them continued their education as Master students, and then as doctorate students of YKSUG.
Russian Language Winter School started at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno for the second time. The first week appeared quite eventful for the foreign guests.
Since the first days in Grodno, visitors from Poland, France and Germany continued mastering the knowledge of Russian language. Lecturers of the Belarusian and Foreign Citizens Language Training Department conducted topical classes, where listeners of the Pre-University Training Faculty participate as well.
During next days the guest visited St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, where Canon Jan Kuchynski welcomed them. After the words of one of the RLWS participants, Gwendal Pege, doctoral student in historical sciences from France, he was particularly impressed with architecture of the Cathedral, the famous 21m altar of 18th century, unique sculpture compositions, its frescoes and catholic icons.
– A pleasant discovery it was to me, that the Cathedral had been named after my compatriot, a missionary and great martyr – St. Francis Xavier, – told us the listener from France.
Foreign RLWS listeners attended a lecture on the culture of Belarus by Serhey Donskikh, Head of the Tourism and Cultural Heritage Department, with great pleasure. And the Belarusian cuisine making master class conquered all hearts. Listeners with volunteers and lecturers of the RLWS together were making kutya for the holyday of the Epiphany. Participants of RLWS performed well in “Russian karaoke” selective course, which is being organized for the second year at the department of language training of Belarusian and foreign citizens. During the course foreigners discovered Russian tongue-twisters and sang some songs in Russian, including famous “Katyusha”. And, of course, our guests attended various leisure venues of Grodno together with volunteers.
– We finished the first week of the RLWS with traditional meeting night, which is being organized for the 3rd time at the Faculty of Pre University training of YKSUG, – told Tatsiana Cherkes, senior lecturer of department of language training of Belarusian and foreign citizens. – The event gathered not only foreigners, who came to the RLWS, but also listeners of the faculty and alumni, as well.
Yury Romanovksy, the Dean of the Faculty of Pre-University Training, arranged a game, where guests had to quickly solve mathematical problem. The swiftest one was Liu Xinyue. During the meeting night participants told about themselves, their hobbies and homelands. Besides, there were vocal performances, most of which were sang in Russian language.
Chinese diplomatic mission, with Cui Qiming, the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Belarus, at the head visited Grodno within the celebration of 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belarus and China. Solemn arrangements took place on 21st January, 2017.
During the celebration, the State Song and Dance Theater of Gansu Province performed before the residents of Grodno, while at the New Grodno Castle opened the exhibit of Chinese traditional painting by Marina Elyashevich. The latter had been attended by the listeners of the Faculty of Pre-university Training and students of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno.
– It is a holiday for us, the students from China, as we can hear our native language right here, in Grono. We had an impression we were in little China during the celebration, – shared his impressions Liu Xinyue, listener of the Faculty of Pre-university training. – In addition, it was a pleasure for us to speak and make photos with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Belarus Cui Qiming
University-wide competition of designing the logo of the territory of visa-free entry and exit of foreign citizens "GrodnoVisaFree" and local brand "Avgustov Canal" was announced for the first time. The Department of Sport and Tourism of Grodno Oblast Executive Committee was the co-organizer of the competition.
The jury met In January to evaluate versions submitted by staff, university and college students. They were more than 50. The jury included representatives of Grodno Oblast Executive Committee, Faculty of Art and Design, Information and Analysis Center, Public Relations Center, Education Internationalization Centre, The Belarusian Republican Youth Union and Student Trade Union Committee of the University.
– The main evaluation criteria were the uniqueness, originality, quality of submitted work, adequate content presentation, adaptability, scalability, technical execution, the depth of the topic and creativity, – said the organizers of the competition.
Following the meeting, the jury selected four versions which will soon be presented to Grodno Oblast Executive Committee. Tatiana Ledyaeva the Deputy Head of Department of Sports and Tourism of Grodno Oblast Executive Committee explained that original, easily recognizable logo and brand will be used in promotional activities and in the creation representative production of the Department.
The logo contest of the territory of visa-free entry and exit of foreign citizens "GrodnoVisaFree" and local brand "Avgustov Canal" is aimed at enhancing the innovative creative thinking of young people, involving them in the decision of tasks of socio-economic development of the region, cross-border tourism and promoting tourist heritage.
International game-contest gathered 20 strongest teams from Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. Among them were represents of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno.
Our students got to the finals according to the results of distant stage, where YKSUG students were opposed by 66 teams form leading universities of abovementioned states.
– Students of the Faculty of Law resulted 91 out of 100 points in the first stage. That ranked them the 5th and provided participation in finals,– said Natalia Gabets, senior lecturer of the International Law department, team coach as well.
The contest was organized as a competitive demonstration by both teams and particular participants of knowledge of World Trade Organization Law and practical application of the latter for solution of situational cases, concerning either possible or real activities of WTO bodies and/or WTO member states.
In the next part the teams were to represent a “state” opposing the other “state” in disputable situation, or in the interpretation of certain legal norms of WTO. The task for each of teams was to orally state their positions, determine legal acts and paragraphs, which were the basis for the team’s position, as well, as prove the correctness of it and, vice versa, prove the opponent’s wrong. The jury consisting of leading specialists in WTO law evaluated the preciseness of the situation analysis and the value of references to the international legal documents and Dispute resolution body of WTO practice, as well, as arguments’ logics and accuracy of the conclusion.
– Our team got 8th place as a result of this part. It is a god result, having in mind, that our students were the only members who didn’t study “WTO Law” as a separate discipline, - said Natalia Gabets.
The team of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno resulted better, than teams from Russian Foreign Trade Academy, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Kazan (Volga region) Federal University, Saint Petersburg State University and other leading universities. The winner was the team from Higher School of Economics if Saint Petersburg.
More news from the Faculty of Law here.
Celebration took place on several faculties of YKSUG, at the campus and in “Pyshki” park
Associates of the sport club arranged a competition at the Faculty of the Physical Education. Students and lecturers together competed in ski race and played mini-football on the snow.
At the Faculty of Engineering and Construction there was a “Snow Fantasy” photo-contest announced.
– The contest was dedicated to the season loved by everyone. Snowbound streets, snow glowing in the sun, frozen ponds – the kind of beauty one can see only in winter, - told the contest organizers. – Both students and lecturers participated in the contest. The jury picked winners in 5 nominations: “Most professional”, “In love with…”, “Snowbound Grodno”, “Winter joy”, and “Surprised by snow”.
The Faculty of Arts and Design celebrated the day in their own way. Students and staff made snowmen, threw snowballs and simply cheered because of winter time.
Celebration of World Snow Day had already become a tradition for YKSUG. Students, lecturers and staff of our alma mater arrange a variety of contests in photos, essays, snow figures and sport events, as well.
World Snow Day, or International Day of Winter Sports, is being celebrated since 2012 after the initiative of International Ski Federation. The holiday is aimed to raise interest in winter sports and involve youth into healthy modus vivendi. The motto of the holiday is “Enjoy, discover, try!”
The delegation, headed by Executive Vice-President of the Chinese Red Cross, Henan province Hye Chuanjun, visited Grodno on January 11 and met with representatives of Grodno Oblast Executive Committee and Grodno Oblast organization of Belarusian Red Cross Society. Among the participants – a member of the Presidium of Grodno Oblast organization of Belarusian Red Cross Society Andrei Karol, the rector of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno.
During the meeting parties signed Memorandum of cooperation between the regional organization of the Belarusian Red Cross Society and the regional organization of the Red Cross China's Henan province. The head of the international department of the secretariat of the Belarusian Red Cross Society Ekaterina Leleka noticed that, Grodno was chosen as the venue not by chance: the Grodno regional organization of the Belarusian Red Cross society is the most active and developed. The signed Memorandum is an additional opportunity to interact in the humanitarian sphere.
Romania Skomoroshko, the Chairman of the regional organization of the Belarusian Red Cross Society, said: “In particular, we plan the exchange of volunteers and experience on the development of the system of public education and volunteer skills in first aid, volunteer development in the field of health and social care and palliative care to children and adult population. Other issues related to possible areas of cooperation are agreed.”
According to Executive Vice-President of the regional Chinese Red Cross, Henan province Hye Chuanjun, the meeting was productive, informative and very interesting. The organizations of the Red Cross in Belarus and China are similar in approaches to the work, in events and also in medical and educational fields.
There will be representatives of three countries this year – Germany, France and Poland. They all have already been to Russian Language Summer School, which worked at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno in August 2016.
For two weeks from 15th to 29th January 2017, foreigners will improve knowledge of the Russian language, and will continue the acquaintance with Belarusian culture.
Traditionally, the organizers prepared intensive program for participants of Russian Language Winter School. So, foreigners in the framework of the excursion will visit the capital of Belarus Minsk and The National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Belarus, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, one of the enterprises of Grodno, Museum of Fire Service History in our town, the leisure park " Korobchitskiy olimp" and the agro-tourist complex "Garadzenski maentak", will walk in the forest park "Pyshki" and also will ride on horses.
In addition, participants will take part in workshops on cooking dishes of Belarusian cuisine on the feast of the Epiphany and on traditional folk art, will attend lectures on the culture and history of Belarus and will sing karaoke in Russian.
At the end of Russian Language Winter School, each participant will receive a certificate.
Congratulations with the New Year from Andrei Karol, Rector of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno
From the bottom of my heart I wish You Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!
The old year was challenging, dynamic, full of events and our achievements. University kept the name of Ministry Award in the field of quality laureate and status of scientific organization, university employees were given prestigious awards. In 2016 we created new basis for future development: we approved new Mission and Vision, as well, as Strategy of University development for the coming years, and also made first but important steps to carry it out, and there are results.
Due to practical-oriented education system, the University became a co-founder of the first Innovative media cluster in Belarus. The agreement on creation of Regional educational cluster has also been signed. We continued strengthen our cooperation with the representatives of personnel customers, activities of the Stuff Training Coordination Boards have been organized at new level of quality.
For the first time, in 2016, there were defended 4 doctoral papers and 19 ones of PhD’s. The first electronic magazine “University of Educational Innovations” has been issued, which aim was to improve education quality through application of innovative technologies to the study process.
The enrollment campaign was a success, as well. We began training on “Customs affairs” specialty and opened 4 new practical-oriented specialties of the 2nd degree of higher education. The number of the 2nd degree students has increased significantly, now we have more than 5 hundred of them.
During the year, more than once we cheered on the success of our colleagues and students in the scientific and educational spheres, we felt pride for victories of YKSUG students in various creative contests, festivals and sport competitions.
We kept on improving material and technical basis of the University: reading room of the scientific library has been modernized, accommodation conditions at one of the dorms for the students have been also improved.
On the holidays’ eve I would like to express great gratitude and appreciation to the whole University staff. Thanks to our work, professional skills and responsibility we managed to keep and strengthen the high positions our University holds in the educational area of Belarus and abroad.
Dear colleagues, I wish New Year would fill Your lives with bright ideas, new professional goals, I wish it would be stable, successful and creative!
I wish students, who bring the glory to the University with their scientific, creative and sport achievements, luck for the coming exams and self-realization!
On New Year’s eve I wish everyone happiness, love, comfort at home and relations, to be patient and tolerant, to be in good mood, be joyful, live in peace and wealth, and to be a success in new year!
Associates of the Education Internationalization Center gathered on 30 December, 2016 at conference-hall of YKSUG to share their holiday spirit. Listeners of the Faculty of Pre-university training, dressed as Father Frost and Snow Maiden, sang songs and wished a Happy New Year to all associates of Education Internationalization Center.
Yury Bialykh, Vice-rector for Academic Affairs, congratulated all associates with the coming New Year and wished to go through it as consolidated team.