The European Humanities University (EHU) is pleased to announce it has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Centre for Transition Studies (CTS)—a London-headquartered non-profit organization established by Western-educated Belarusians. CTS is dedicated to analysis and advocacy with regard to the challenges Belarus faces in a transition to a market economy and the rule of law.
The newly signed agreement will facilitate cooperation in promoting Belarus-focused research, teaching, and civic engagement.
“This is a strategic step for EHU that demonstrates our commitment to Belarusian studies and to strengthening cooperation with respected Belarusian scholars and experts around the world,” says EHU’s Vice-Rector for Communications and Development Dr. Darius Udrys.
Among CTS’s major activities are the publication of Belarus Digest and the Journal of Belarusian Studies.
“The European Humanities University is uniquely positioned to serve as a hub for Belarusian studies. We will work together to strengthen EHU’s contribution in this area and its international competitiveness,” emphasized Director of CTS Dr. Yaraslau Kryvoi.
Cooperation will focus on high-quality teaching and research in historical and contemporary studies focused on Belarus; new in-residence programs focused on Belarus for scholars, experts, and other notable persons; development of research networks and groups of scholars interested in Belarus; and other areas.
One of the first joint activities will be the showcasing of EHU’s “Unknown Belarusian National Republic” exhibition at the Kastus Kalinouski Conference, supported by CTS, in London on March 28.
EHU is a Belarusian university-in-exile based in Vilnius, Lithuania that provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the humanities and social sciences to approximately 1,500 students, mostly from Belarus. Founded in Minsk in 1992, it was forcibly closed by Belarusian authorities in 2004 and subsequently relocated to Vilnius, Lithuania.