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23 Jan 2014

Alferov: Belarus is among post-Soviet leaders due to science

Alferov: Belarus is among post-Soviet leaders due to science

MINSK, 23 January (BelTA) – Belarus became one of the leaders among the post-Soviet nations due to its efforts to promote science and high-tech industries, Nobel Physics Prize Winner, Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Rector of the Saint Petersburg Academic University Zhores Alferov said on 23 January at a plenary session of the international conference timed to the 85th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the Day of the Belarusian Science, BelTA has learnt.

According to Zhores Alferov, he has always thought highly of the Belarusian science and viewed himself as part of it. The academician noted that Belarus and its science have been coping well with the challenges that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The major goal of the Saint Petersburg Academic University is to train scientists in the most promising and breakthrough areas. Zhores Alferov confirmed his readiness to take part in the establishment of a similar training institution in Belarus. “One should never set traditional higher learning against academic education, because they pursue different goals. The establishment of an academic university in Belarus would allow focusing on breakthrough scientific areas where Belarusians can make a difference,” the Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

In his view, at present the breakthrough technologies are at the intersection of biology, medicine, diagnostics and information technologies. “We do it at our university. Belarusians also can and should do it quite successfully. We will collaborate. Belarusian solutions in physics and biology have enormous potential,” Zhores Alferov said. He noted that Belarus has made substantial progress in quantum optics and a number of other areas. “We could learn from you and also share our own expertise and knowledge with you,” the academician said.

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