The agreement will be signed by Belarus, Magna Carta College Oxford and the representatives of Association of Business Executives (ABE) at the 1st international education forum “European Quality Education” (EQE-Forum) in Minsk in early April. In order to implement mutual recognition of diplomas the representatives of the Belarusian and British education systems will consider the content of school subjects, the volume and correspondence of classroom hours as well as the correspondence of the two education systems. Overall this agreement does not aim to make all Belarusian universities recognized in UK as it might be still far from being feasible due to certain obstacles with the English language medium of instruction.
However, the recognition of diplomas of at least one Belarusian university will be a great stimulus for other Belarusian educational establishments to start offering courses in English, thus making Belarus, a stable, calm and safe country in the centre of Europe, more attractive on the international education services market.
Nowadays it appears that the most efficient way to attract foreign students is to create conditions under which they can get a diploma that would be recognized in as many countries as possible. “Such conditions under which the Belarusian university in partnership with a foreign educational establishment, for instance a British one, will give two diplomas will surely contribute to an increase of the export of education services in Belarus,” noted Vadzim Tsitou.
This agreement between UK and Belarus once again shows the great potential of Eastern European universities in establishing international cooperation with their foreign peers and their aspiration towards bringing the quality of education to global standards.
THE SOURCE: Belarusian Telegraph Agency
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