The European Humanities University (EHU), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is still forced to remain in exile, noted Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius Ažubalis. Nevertheless, EHU contributes to the preparation of young Belarusians for the future and holds out hope that one day Belarus will be open to liberal and democratic values.
The minister spoke at the annual assembly of donors that support the European Humanities University's Trust Fund.
"We believe that these young people will be able to take their due part in the development of the society of their country towards the openness to the Western values,” Ažubalis said.
According to Ažubalis, the European Humanities University (EHU) is based on respect for liberal education traditions and is a meeting point for the best ideas and practices from both East and West. In this regard, EHU without doubt is one of the most important transatlantic activities, keeping the European future of Belarus alive.
The minister urged donors to continue to support this University in implementing its mission in exile until its return to Minsk.
“When we support EHU, we support positive changes in Belarus. It is our assured investment into the future of this society,” Ažubalis said.
Currently, more than 1,800 students are enrolled in EHU. The vast majority of them are citizens of Belarus.
The EHU Trust Fund is the main channel for donor support to the University. Its purpose is to raise, accept, and make use of funds provided by donors. The EHU Trust Fund was set up at the initiative of the European Commission and by decision of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2008.