Ministry Funds Exiled Belarusian University

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allocate 12,780 euros for the European Humanities University, a school founded in Minsk and re-located to Vilnius in 2005 after it was closed by Belarusian authorities.

The university accepts students who cannot study in Belarus due to their political convictions.

Estonia must support the development of civil society in Belarus, said Foreign Minister Urmas Paet. "It is vital that cooperation between Estonian and Belarusian universities continues," he said.

In the future, the Estonian government plans to increase aid through the Center of Eastern Partnership, an Estonian institution launched in January to support Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.

Founded in 1992, the European Humanities University is a private school for Belarusian students that offers undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. It was granted the status of a Lithuanian university in 2006 and claims to be "the only Belarusian university committed to academic freedom and the process of integrating a European higher education."

Ingrid Teesalu


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