Alexander Lukashenko instructed the Minister of Education Alexander Radkov to begin the process of accession to the Bologna process. Belarus, the only European country not covered by the common standards in the field of higher education, in fact decided to jump into the last car. What will it give Belarus?
Minister Rad'kov, who in 2008 publicly said that Belarus is in no hurry to enter the Bologna process, remaining faithful to the traditions of the Soviet school is now forced to drastically change their beliefs and to obey the orders of the head of state.
Meanwhile, in the Bologna Declaration, adopted in 1999, clearly stated goal — by 2010 to create a European Higher Education. And now everyone is looking for a new concept of higher education, European and world, which is to replace the Bologna process, the analyst believes Vladimir Mackiewicz:
"In this sense, Belarus jumps into the last car and almost can not do anything to get closer to European standards of education. To Radkova Minister with his views now here is the order of the President, so to speak, is quite safe. Were no significant changes in the Belarusian educational system is not worth it expected. Secondly, the frames and the views that prevail today in the Ministry of Education and administration of the university, they are still Soviet. because they now realize that we need some kind of action, at least superficially, cosmetics that do not affect the essence of the education system . So do not think there is so much rely on the fact that the process as the saying goes, gone ".
The former rector of the European Humanities University, Professor Vladimir Dounaev Statement A. Lukashenko's accession to the Bologna Process says considered positive:
"Thank God that this decision was made. And there is hope, although to architecture education will somehow change … But the problem is that the Bologna process has been going on 11 years, and compared with the Bologna Declaration in 1999 European countries have advanced considerably, and it will be very difficult to catch up with them. "
According to Mr. Dunaeva, even if it is purely a formal copy, it will be a good idea. But fill out this reform is the appropriate sense in the current environment is very difficult. And another important point — in the case of Belarus, no one understands the importance of liberalization of education.
"And this — the basis of the Bologna process. But the most important thing — it's the imperatives of academic life. Principles of university autonomy and academic freedom."
But this in Belarusian universities is just not enough. Belarusian universities, in contrast to Europe and North America, fully controlled by the Ministry of Education. Neither law nor the reality so far do not indicate a desire for change.
Chairman of the Committee on Science, Education and Culture in the House of Representatives Vladimir Zdanowicz believes that Belarus before moving in the direction of the Bologna process: a two-tier system is, the mobility is, and so on. As for the recognition of diplomas and job opportunities in the entire European Union, it is relatively quite, says Zdanowicz:
"Because all countries Europe require the owners of diplomas that they show not only knowledge, but also the ability to work. Therefore, they introduced or special test or special training for up to two years. Therefore, we, in fact, are in the Bologna process. it is only necessary to make it a more formal introduction. But, in my opinion, very useful may affect entry into the Bologna process, if we look not to the West and to the East. We have now created a union with Kazakhstan and Russia, and the two countries are already in the Bologna process. And without the mutual recognition of qualifications, without the same requirements for all trades, of course, we can not do. So join the Bologna process will give more gain, looking towards the East. "