From October 4 to October 9, 2021 Minsk hosts the International Educational Forum of the Post-Soviet, CIS and Belorussian Alumni.
The Forum has provided a room for dialogue on boosting the efficiency of alumni associations for maintaining further friendship, sharing best practices and developing academic collaboration.
Within the framework of the Forum the panel discussion embraced the issues of involving foreign alumni into promoting higher education within the CIS region, along with business community and young people into multi-dimensional humanitarian cooperation.
The plenary session opened with the speech delivered by the Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Igor Karpenko, who conveyed greeting notes by the Head of Administration of the President of Belarus, Mr. Igor Petrishenko:
"I wish the Forum to be fruitful upon its conclusion, and all its participants to stay safe and fine!"
Igor Karpenko also pointed out that the Forum has become not just a meeting of old friends, but also a launch pad for joint projects and initiatives in business and humanitarian fields.
"University years are the good times that lays down the basis of further personal development and ties students up with friendship. It is important to keep the connection with alma mater and your like-minded professionals.
Belarus is proud of having raised highly qualified experts who represent its research and academic traditions in many countries. We are glad that foreign alumni tend to keep in touch with their Belorussian universities, no doubts that the idea of uniting the alumni into associations is top relevant today, in these tougher times", – says Igor Karpenko.
FinU was represented by the Deputy Vice Rector for International Cooperation, Mr. Maxim Kotelnikov.
He took the opportunity of the Forum side events to meet the Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Igor Karpenko. During the talks they discussed the necessity of fostering the mutually beneficial cooperation in education, namely in opening joint educational programs with Belorussian universities.
Forum guests have received greetings from heads and representatives of educational authorities of Russia and Belarus, from the CIS alumni associations as well.
The Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation was represented by the acting head of the Department of International Cooperation, Mr. Vladislav Starzhenetskiy.