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1 Apr 2014

Lukashenko: International criteria for assessing effectiveness of Belarusian scientists

Lukashenko: International criteria for assessing effectiveness of Belarusian scientists

MINSK, 1 April (BelTA) - The effectiveness of Belarusian scientists will be assessed in line with international criteria. This was stated by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the 31 March meeting with the leading scientists to discuss science development prospects in the country, BelTA learned from the press service of the head of state.

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that budget funding will remain only with respect to those areas where famous scholar schools have been established, such as optics, laser physics, thermal physics, bioorganic chemistry and materials science. "However, we will assess the effectiveness of your work in this area on the basis of international criteria," said the President.

A system of determining the level of research has been developed and is widely used in the world. It is based on tracking scientists' citation indices, their participation in major international forums and membership of the editorial boards of international magazines. "These very figures should be the basis of the objective evaluation of the results of your work," said the President addressing the scientists.

"You can develop any other areas, everything you see fit. But you should do this using the opportunities of international cooperation," added the President.

Alexander Lukashenko believes that it is necessary to think about involving world-famous foreign researchers in Belarusian projects and integrating Belarusian scholar schools into the international community thanks to Belarusian scientists who have already won recognition abroad.

"But we should not forget about the "vacuum cleaner effect" when the so-called international research projects lead to brain drain from the country. We have already faced some examples of it. We need to create our own system to prevent it and at the same time attract advanced ideas and technologies," noted the President adding that the government and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus should address these issues.

The Head of State also stressed that fundamental sciences in Belarus are primarily considered a means of maintaining the intellectual level of society and a basis for higher education.

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