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Staff and students of Physico-technical Faculty visited University of Leuven, Belgium within Erasmus+ Physics


Staff and students of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno took part in science & technology training in Belgium.

Besides YKSUG guests there were also participants from Belarusian State University, Belarusian State Technological University and Francisk Skorina Gomel State University.

– The training program included not only getting acquainted with the study process and scientific work of the Engineering Technologies Faculty of the Belgian university. We, as well, attended classes and presentations on solar energy, wind energy, fuel cells, optics, lasers and optical fibers, materials properties and electromagnetic compatibility  – told us Vitaly Stiepuro, leading researcher of the R&D department. – Moreover, we were proposed to do laboratory works with optical fibers, bio-diesel synthesis, materials properties study and wind velocity measuring and its impact on dunes.

More news from Physico-Technical Faculty here.


YKSUG is in the top three among Belarusian universities in Webometrics

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In the updated ranking of Webometrics, published in early February of 2017, Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno is in the top 3 among Belarusian higher educational institutions.

Belarusian State University is still first in the national ranking of Webometrics, second place belongs to Belarusian National Technical University, our alma mater ranked third.

Moreover, Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno traditionally maintained its leading position among higher educational institutions of Grodno. So, Grodno State Medical University is in 7th place rating among the universities of Belarus, Grodno State Agrarian University occupies the 30th position.

According to the version of Webometrics in the top 10 Belarusian universities are:

1. Belarusian State University;

2. Belarusian National Technical University;

3. Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno;

4. Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics;

5. Francisk Skorina Gomel State University;

6. Belarusian State Technological University;

7. Grodno State Medical University;

8. Vitebsk State Technological University;

9. Maxim Tank Belarusian State Pedagogical University;

10. Vitebsk State University named after P.M. Masherov.

It is also worth noting that in the ranking of institutional repositories Ranking Web of Repositories (Webometrics) electronic library "Works of scientists of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno" ranked fourth among digital libraries of universities in the country (800 in the world rankings). In the first place in the ranking is traditionally the electronic library of BSU (135), in the second – repository of BNTU (470), in the third – BSEU (751).

Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics Ranking of World Universities) was created in 2004 and during 12 years is calculated by research group Cybermetrics, part of the National Research Council of Spain. It assesses the representation and citation of the Internet not only universities, but also medical institutions, business schools, research centres and libraries belonging to the universities. The main rating criteria are considered to be the occupancy rate, the degree of support and popularity of the websites of the universities.


The first contract on joint training of IT-specialists signed by YKSUG and Chongqing University of Technology

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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.


First week of the Russian Language Winter School – 2017 at YKSUG: excursions, cooking master class and traditional meeting night

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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.

International students and listeners of YKSUG took part in arrangements, dedicated to 25th anniversary of Belarusian-Chinese diplomatic relations


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

The logo for "GrodnoVisaFree" and tourism brand "Avgustov Canal" were designed in Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno

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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.


Students from the Faculty of Law left behind a number of rivals from Russia during “WTO Model-2016” international contest


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.

YKSUG students, staff and lecturers celebrated World Snow Day

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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!”

Andrei Karol, the rector of YKSUG, participated in a meeting with a delegation of Chinese Red Cross, Henan province

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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.


Russian Language Winter School opens for the second time at YKSUG


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.

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