An IT university is to be set up in Belarus by the new school year. The news was made public by Belarus’ First Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Turchin on Monday, 14 October.
“Belarus has always been famous for its people, and our education has always had a good reputation in the post-Soviet space.
However, in modern conditions, we need brand-new approaches which will help us preserve and develop this status,” said Aleksandr Turchin during Monday’s report to the president.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko supported the idea of an IT university. The institution is planned to start its work by the new school year.
The founders of the IT university will be the Hi-Tech Park and its resident companies, and leading universities such as BSU and BSUIR.
Its major focus will be on training high-level specialists for the IT industry. A system of grants and scholarships will be developed to support gifted children.
“At the initial stage, we plan to enrol about 180 students. We assume that the training in the university will be fee-paid, without budgetary funding,” said Alexander Turchin.
According to the first vice-premier, the relevant draft legal act that will regulate the activities of this educational institution will soon be submitted to the head of state.
“If we are serious about digitizing the economy, we will need these specialists in every sector,” Alexander Turchin added. “Our task is to create the conditions for our most talented young people to make sure they do not leave the country.”
The president also supported the idea of allowing some schools to enter the HTP to test various experimental programs, and if there is a positive result, apply these ideas to the whole country.
Monday’s meeting was a continuation of the president’s meeting with representatives of the IT industry hosted by the Hi-Tech Park in April this year.