The role that EHU graduates will play in the democratic transformation of Belarus will be "irreplaceable,” says the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Petr Nečas. Nečas visited EHU's campus and addressed EHU students, faculty, and leadership with a speech on "The Value of Democratic Solidarity" during his official visit to Lithuania.
“I appreciate the readiness of EHU to accept students who have been denied the opportunity to study in Belarus,” said the Prime Minister and added that EHU together with other initiatives such as Belsat TV and Euroradio play a key role for the future of Belarus.
In his speech, Nečas reaffirmed the Czech Republic’s commitment to democratization, stating that it was one of the country's main foreign policy priorities.
Nečas emphasized the importance of liberalizing the EU's visa policy so that Belarusians, particularly young people, could travel more freely and expand their horizons. The Prime Minister also stressed that the existence of independent media is a “prerequisite for a functioning democratic system” and that the Czech Republic will continue to support Belarusian civil society and independent media.
When asked by a student about the importance of humanities education, Nečas stated that real humanities education can only exist in a free society.
“Humanities are under strong pressure if you are living in a not free society,” said the Prime Minister.
On behalf of the students, EHU’s Rector Anatoli Mikhailov thanked the Czech Republic for the support it provides to the University.
The European Humanities University is a private, nonprofit liberal arts university founded in Minsk in 1992. The university has been headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania, since authorities expelled it from Belarus in 2004. It serves over 1,600 mostly Belarusian students, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs and promoting research in the humanities and social sciences.