On May 19, the European Humanities University (EHU) president Anatoli Mikhailov and the new rector David Pollick discussed the plans of university with its donors.
The University’s leaders discussed the current situation at EHU, its future perspectives with ambassadors and embassy representatives of Austria, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, also with representatives of the European Commission in Lithuania and Belarus, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office.
The University leaders answered the donors’ questions and discussed the possibility to include EHU into wider European inter-university cooperation networks.
“When the university was founded in Minsk more than 20 years ago, not everyone understood the necessity of this initiative for the country. And now, even though Belarus has been independent for almost 25 years, the importance of this project should be acknowledged to an even greater extent. I am sure that without the critical mass of people with liberal education and free way of thinking democracy in Belarus has no future. EHU is one of the few viable projects nurturing democracy in Belarus, and I am grateful that our donors have supported the mission of this only exiled university in Europe,” said Prof. Mikhailov.
EHU rector Prof. Pollick, well known in the United States as a specialist in higher education, confirmed that he is ready to meet the challenges in the development and implementation of a new strategic plan for EHU, to improve the management of the University, and to modernize the quality management system.
According to him, while improving its activities, EHU will strengthen its role in the development of civil society in Belarus. While being in Lithuania, EHU promotes integration of Belarus into European environment.
The European Humanities University was founded in Minsk in 1992. The University has been headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania since it was forcibly closed by Belarusian authorities in 2004. As the only Belarusian university operating in an environment of academic freedom, it serves approximately 1,300 mostly Belarusian students, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs and promoting research in the humanities and social sciences.