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19 Oct 2018

Belarus president backs online university idea

Belarus president backs online university idea

GRODNO, 19 October (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is ready to back the idea of creating and developing an online university, which would teach students remotely using information technologies. The head of state made the statement as he talked to students of Grodno universities on 19 October, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said: “I am ready to support it. We are participants of the CIS online university. I think two Belarusian universities participate in it for now.”

Online universities are designed to teach students remotely using resources of several universities.

In his words, pooling resources of several universities of the CIS states has been done before. “We already have experience like that. It is a return of the past after the ties were broken. There is nothing wrong with it,” noted the Belarusian leader.

Speaking about the remote education of students in such a university, Alexander Lukashenko noted it is unavoidable. “We are now heavily investing in IT. We are switching everything to digital technologies. Why can’t we talk and get education remotely in some other university? I don’t see problems with that,” said the president.

During the meeting it was noted that such practice had already been implemented in Belarus. For instance, the Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno has signed an online education agreement with a higher education institution in Baranovichi. Remote education methods are being mastered among other things.

“If you need it, you will always get support,” said the head of state.

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