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INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

Being a top university in Belarusian higher education system BSU is acting as a national center of international cooperation in education and science with a special focus on innovations, quality enhancement and internationalization of university activity. 25-30 international projects within such programmes as Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, Jean Monnet, EU Cross-Border Cooperation, DAAD, FPB-Belarus, CIMO and many others are implemented at the University annually. Academic exchanges, joint researches and joint educational programs are implemented in the framework of more than 250 international agreements with institutions from Europe, Asia and America.

In 2013 over 30 international educational programs are either implemented or to be implemented by BSU. As of the end of 2013 calls for proposals 15 new educational projects with BSU engaged have been awarded with grants. These figures significantly exceed targets set by BSU Perspective Development Program for 2011-2015 (see Chart 1).

 

 
2010
2011
2012
2013
Implemented
16
17
21
33
Scheduled
15
17
18
19

 

 

The majority of projects are funded by international funds and institutions: the European Union tools (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Jean Monnet, TAIEX, Youth in Action, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus Cross-border Cooperation Programme), UNESCO, Visegrad Fund, Council of Europe, IFESCCO. Some projects are implemented with financial support of foreign funds governed by European countries (SIDA (Sweden), Baltic University Programme (Sweden), CIMO (Finland), DAAD (Germany), Support Program for Belarus by the German Federal Government etc.) (see Chart 2).

  

No.
International Technical Assistance Donors /Programmes/Tools
Number of projects
1.       Tempus Programme
9
2.       Erasmus Mundus Programme
7
3.       DAAD
3
4.       Jean Monnet Programme
2
5.       Visegrad Fund
2
6.       Baltic University Programme
1
7.       CBC Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus
1
8.       CIMO
1
9.       European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights
1
10.                        FPB-Belarus
1
11.                        SIDA
1
12.                        TAIEX
1
13.                        UNESCO
1
14.                        Council of Europe
1
15.                        King Sejong Institute
1
Total
33

 

The largest number of international educational programs implemented in BSU is aimed at improvement of university curriculum through development of advanced training courses and programs, career enhancement of academic staff and development of teaching aids (10 projects). The purpose of some other projects currently implemented in BSU is academic mobility, students and staff exchanges (9 projects), short-term educational activities (conferences, seminars, summer schools, training courses, workshops etc.) (8 projects), creation and support of centers, information and contact points, chairs and other affiliates within BSU (4 projects). 2 major international projects within TEMPUS Programme are aimed at internationalization and informatization of university management.

BSU actively participates in calls for proposals held by international funds and institutions (see Chart 3). Teams of grant writers have been emerged in BSU faculties and institutes capable to develop and submit independently their own project proposals to international funds. Thus, during 2012-2013 calls for proposals BSU staff members had been developing project proposals for Jean Monnet Programme (Faculty of International Relations, Department of International Relations), Visegrad Fund (Faculty of International Relations), Tempus Programme (Law Faculty, Faculty of History, Faculty of Physics), DAAD (Department of International Relations) and others.

  

Fund / Programme
2009-2010
2010-2011
2011-2012
2012 -2013
Includingawarded in2013
Tempus
9
14
24
38
5
Erasmus Mundus Action 2
1
2
5
6
2
Erasmus Mundus Action 2    
1
No Call for Proposals
 
Jean Monnet      
3
2
EU CBC programs
2
2
1
No Call for Proposals
 
Europe Aid      
1
 
TAIEX      
1
1
Youth in Action      
1
1
Council of Europe
1
1
1
1
1
Visby  
1
     
CEI Cooperation Fund
1
1
1
   
CEI UniNet  
1
1
No Call for Proposals
 
DAAD    
2
1
1
CIMO    
1
2
Results will be announced in 2014
FPB-Belarus    
2
No Call for Proposals
 
Visegrad Fund    
1
3
(for 2 projects the results will be announced in 2014)
UNESCO
1
1
 
1
1
Total
15
23
40
58
10

 

Visegrad Fund project “V4 Experience of European Integration for Post-Soviet Integration”, “Teaching of Green Chemistry in BSU”; Jean Monnet project “Jean Monnet Center for European Studies in Belarusian State University: Development of Research in the Field of European Law and European Studies”, Tempus projects: “Development of Training Network for Improving Energy Efficiency Education”, “Applied Informatics in Science and Technology”, “Alternative Conflict Resolution as an Approach Assuring Human Rights”, “New Model of the Third Level Technical Education in Line with the Bologna Process in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine” could be listed among successful cases of BSU activity toward modernization of educational process through participation in international programs and projects.

One more project activity area is strong involvement of BSU in international projects aimed at student and staff exchanges. Currently BSU is engaged in 9 projects supporting exchange visits and study abroad for BSU postgraduate and master students, PhDs and academic staff. Thus, up to date over 35 European HEIs from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden and Finland are opened for exchange visits funded by International Technical Assistance Donors. Moreover, these projects provide BSU with an opportunity to engage highly qualified