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Financial Times to write article about IT training in Belarus


According to BelTA the international daily business newspaper, The Financial Times, plans to write an article about the training of IT specialists in the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (BGUIR).

FT technology correspondent Maija Palmer came to Belarus to attend the opening ceremony of the 24th Minsk International Book Fair, which took place in the Belarusian capital on 8-12 February. She also visited the High-Tech Park and saw the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Belarus' leading university that trains IT specialists. The journalist got familiar with the university laboratories for designing computer-aided systems, the educational and scientific center of mobile technologies Android Software Center, the research center BGUIR INTES, and also two research labs set up jointly with Belarusian innovative companies. The FT correspondent praised the high level of laboratory multimedia and software equipment. Maija Palmer interviewed BGUIR Rector Mikhail Batura. The questions she asked pertained to the quality of education in the Belarusian IT sector, government support of the education sector, international programs for students, cooperation of the BGUIR with business customers. She was also interested in the employment of the university leavers and the percentage of those succeeded in business undertakings. The BGUIR rector told the journalist about the cooperation with UK universities. One of the BGUIR's partners in the PICASA project (the EC programme Tempus) is the University of Roehampton, London. The project is aimed at the internalization of higher education, introduction of the best practices of European universities into the system of higher education of Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia. In 2017 the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics was included into two Erasmus+ projects on the development of master's programs (in bioinformatics and logistics). The first project is coordinated by the University of Westminster (London). Among the partners on the second project is the University of Liverpool. The BGUIR takes part in the Regional Network for Education and Training Nuclear Technology STAR-NET, developing cooperation with the University of Manchester. In 2016 the University of Manchester donated a training game on the construction of the main modules of the nuclear power plant to the Belarusian university. This product is used in training specialists for the nuclear power industry. The Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics also develops sci-tech cooperation with the UK scientific organizations. In 2012-2016 the research subdivisions of the Belarusian university performed works on nine contracts with the UK customers. The BGUIR research laboratory Ultrasound Processes and Equipment has teamed up Alphasonics Ltd., the UK to develop a cavitation meter for ultrasonic cleaning and disinfection of surgical instruments. The talks are also underway to expand cooperation in ultrasound physics.

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