Head of the European Union delegation to Belarus Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin and Head of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency’s (SIDA) Eastern Europe Unit Mirja Peterson met leadership and students of the European Humanities University (EHU) on November 2.
During the visit guests and leadership of the University discussed recent reforms at EHU, underlining importance of the strategic planning process and upcoming anniversary of 10 years operation in Vilnius. Head of SIDA Eastern Europe Unit Mirja Peterson emphasized the importance of discussing ways of EHU’s development in future.
Head of the European Union delegation to Belarus Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin shared own thoughts about EHU: ”I still remember the time, when the University was located in Minsk - back then in 2000-2003 I had been the Deputy Head of the German Embassy to Belarus. The main idea and the mission of the project was very important both for the University itself and for the development of educational system in Belarus”.
“The European Union and SIDA have played important roles in supporting the activities of EHU in Vilnius for the last decade. Continuous support provided by our donors has allowed EHU to fulfil its mission on behalf of Belarus and Eastern Europe through the promotion of the values of an education in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the overall philosophy of the liberal arts” - said EHU Rector Prof. David Pollick.
Ambassador Wiktorin added: “Now after all these years of EHU’s existence in exile in Lithuania, I think, University should build and enhance networking between Belarus and Europe with the help of cooperation with other European institutions. This is crucial because Belarus itself has European roots”.
While meeting students guests discussed advantages of EHU today, compared with institutions in Belarus and why should donors continue supporting this project.
According to EHU student Georgi Baryshnikov (World Politics and Economy, 1st year): “If we compare the way, subjects in Belarusian universities have been teaching, with EHU’s system, we would see huge difference. At EHU you learn how to think critically instead of replicating knowledge”.
Volha Kotava (Cultural Heritage, 4th year) shared own plans after she graduates EHU: “In future I’m going to work in the Ministry of Education in Belarus, because I think, it’s obvious, that belarussian system of education needs to be reformed. I would like to bring my personal EHU experience in it”.
Author: Aliaksandra Makas