Dr. Gregory Minenkov: First — the restoration of academic freedom

Znatkevich: Sovereign Minenkov, like you briefly explained to those who wish to get a higher education finds itself or a place of learning for their own kids — why you should choose the European Institute for the Humanities?
Minenkov: If those who want to get an education — and ancestors, and their kids — think about their own future, that they live in a very exciting, very extraordinary world that is very rapidly changing and we can not predict what it will be in 10 — 15 years — those who think about it, it is better to choose an education in our institution because we are trying to learn to live in this unknown world.
Znatkevich: Whether it is possible at the moment to find a job in Belarus with your diploma?
Minenkov: In today’s own state institution is only two years. Because we have only two courses of bachelors, and they still did not go into the labor market. But I will note that it is clear, perhaps, our graduates went out and brought in until work our country with all this mode. But everything changes, and the time will come when they will have the best prospects for employment.
I will add: we have not only bachelor applets, and Masters, and our masters — this second cycle of higher education — find themselves working in Belarus. With some difficulty, but find.
"I have not heard of anyone regretting that he studied at the Yerevan State University …"
Znatkevich: As you said, in the current state institution exists two years. But earlier it was registered in Belarus. Those who graduated from YSU in the 90s — can you think of any good examples of what these people were able to make car» career in Belarus?
Minenkov: At this point, I think I will not mention names, but I know many students who found work for themselves, because they had a very good education, with 2 foreign languages. Because they found jobs for themselves and in law firms, and in advertising, and in science and in different personal settings. Naturally, it was hard and tough and can at the moment, because we are still prepared professionals, so to speak, for the personal sector to a free economy to a free society. But they work in the state. Many living here, working in foreign companies, foreign structures — each finds its place. I have not heard of anyone regretting that he studied at Yerevan State University and has no prospects.
Znatkevich: Sovereign Minenkov what the word "European" in the title of Euro Institute of Humanities? You Europeanness?
Minenkov: For us European — is an outlet of the world, is the ability to engage in dialogue with others, with the other. This ability to show that you can. This ability to be yourself. After all, Europe — is when all are by themselves, and yet they are — in a single political space in the common economic relationship. Because European — it is a cultural, a national, which is open to another.
"I would not say about drugasnasts Belarusian language …"
Znatkevich: On the website of your institute ehu.international.org work of Russian and British versions. More marked Belarusian, German and French, but only marked — these links do not work. There is also a new website in the Lithuanian zone "lt" — there are three language versions — the Russian, British and Lithuanian. Lack of Belarusian language — this is a deliberate position institute?
Minenkov: This is not so. Belarusian language at the institute is very extensive. As for the website — very soon Belarusian version will be open, it is currently being prepared, maybe there is problem with the exact Prof. translations. As for the institute, there are teaching at 2-languages — Belarusian and Russian, also foreign — British, French, German. I will say even more — there are several programs that are in the main Belarusian-language. This political science, history, cultural anthropology. In other programm very many courses in the Belarusian language.
Our policy in this regard is just — really support the Belarusian language Belarusian culture. But again, I note that in this openness, in this cooperation, in collaboration with other cultures. Because what else the website is not made — it is not a symbol that we do not respect the Belarusian language.
Znatkevich: Here the question is not about disrespect, but about pershasnasts and drugasnasts. For example, if in 2005 the newspaper "Nasha Niva" published remark that YSU Rector Anatoli Mikhailov a lecture in Germany Tipo stated that the Belarusian language Belarusian schools — the violence, the press service of Yerevan State University issued a denial, but all the same, in Russian. There just might create memories that "the means of communication is the message." Here you voice — not yet ready to transfer. Means Russian language — always a priority, and Belarusian — something secondary.
Minenkov: No, it’s not quite so. As for what makes an expression attributed to Academician Mikhailov — so it was not quite so. That’s not true, and therefore our press release wrote about it.
I would not say about drugasnasts. Nearly everything is appropriate. Say it comes to teaching, that far not all courses are ready to make their teaching in Belarusian, because, say, there is no translation of philosophical texts.
Different our official papers … I must say that at the Institute official languages are Russian and Lithuanian, and this is due to our stay in Lithuania, where all the same, in the 1-x, the Lithuanian language — municipal and in-2, Lithuanians still understand more Russian language and we have to prepare all the documents in the Russian language. But I think these papers, our press releases will also be in the Belarusian language.
It’s not drugasnasts. I would have said — this situation is not very easy language situation in which we find ourselves. After all, we currently still officially — Lithuanian Institute, and should work so that we understand those who perceive solutions, those who claim our documents, who looks the way we work.
"We worked on Belarus can not always stressing"
Znatkevich: Now is not the language, but rather a political issue. In 2004, the European Institute for the Humanities closed, then was a press release and open letter to the Institute students who are themselves in the 1-x, positioned as kids, and, in-2, there was such a memory, that, these people just figured out what country they live. Before the institution closed, they were in some Tipo vacuum. And at that time were already closed some other schools — at least the same Kolosovsky Lyceum. Is there some truth in that, while YSU is not closed, it was a inadequate awareness of the political situation in Belarus?
Minenkov: You can slightly here and right. But again, it is necessary to look at all extensive. So when we were in Minsk, we positioned ourselves — and that we comply with the law — as an institution beyond politics. Obviously, this was very hard, but we still tried to somehow create conditions so that our institute worked.
Of course, this event probably contributed to our understanding — and not only the students, and many educators — we belong to Belarus, the Belarusian culture, although at the outset we did not work on some empty space, and Belarus, and our task was to our humanitarian science, our special science appeared on the international standard. So we know how Belarusians.
Such an example: we came to a very ornate zabugornyh outstanding scientists, for which we have, by the way, later accused that we — "thoroughfare", as we have many foreign scientists. But what does it mean? This meant that these people coming here beheld Belarus, beheld that the unknown for their country begins to develop in this country there are people who can read the language understood by the world — I mean the language of science. And I think that here we have worke
d for Belarus may not always stressing.
But, of course, this event once more assist us all, and I also understand his Belarusian goal, the goal of Belarus in Europe — as we more become Europeans. And, perhaps, if you look at those or other web sites, you can see the how intensively in recent years there working, write, publish YSU representatives.
Znatkevich: Sovereign Minenkov last question. If you were the Minister of Education — what would you change in the Belarusian higher education system and the education system in general?
Minenkov: First — is the restoration of academic freedom. If there is academic freedom, which is in our institute, will everything else. And, of course, the government should not be in command form. Education — this is not a factory, it’s not a factory, where all can "build", so they strolled systems.
So, here, academic freedom open very rich, it makes a lot of highly creative, for the true work. Naturally, it will be difficult because so many of our teachers and, and students are not used to. Well, previously, of course, and add real autonomy for institutions, such as the one we have in Lithuania, and the teaching of modern disciplines, current knowledge, because, unfortunately, especially in the social and humanitarian sphere, presents knowledge in the best case 30 years ago.

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