I sincerely congratulate you on the Knowledge Day. Every year, on the first day of autumn, Belarus celebrates the holiday of those who learn the ropes of various sciences and master their chosen profession. And this holiday remains with us forever.
The student time is one of the best periods when we constantly enrich our bundle of knowledge in order to carry it through the whole life. Knowledge makes us smarter and wiser, helps to comprehend the truth and secrets of the universe, to make scientific discoveries.
The new academic year starts on September 1. I am convinced that the teaching staff and students of the Belarusian State Medical University managed to set oneself up for serious and businesslike rhythm of the upcoming working days.
Especially I would like to appeal to the freshmen. Dear guys, a new stage of your life begins. From now you will devote the whole your life to difficult, but at the same time very reputable professions of a doctor and pharmacist. I am sure that you have made this choice consciously, so you will be happy to study and work.
However, knowledge and abilities, strong will and energy are not enough. An important component of medical activity is empathy and mercy, kindness and generosity, the desire to come to the rescue, perhaps even to the detriment of personal well-being. It is you who will guard the most precious thing - health! It is you who will be asked for help, people will rely on you.
We live in a fast-paced world: science is developing, methods are being improved, the content of education is being updated. But even the most modern information technologies will never replace live communication with teachers who lead their students to the heights of knowledge, shape their professional identity.
Excellent teachers and medical professionals work at the Belarusian State Medical University, which honor and observe all medical traditions. Thank you, colleagues, for your high professionalism, devotion to duty and vocation.
May the new academic year be successful for both students and teachers and bring many interesting discoveries, as well as all kinds of achievements. Let every day be bright, memorable, fruitful.
I wish you useful and interesting lessons and excellent grades, be success in everything, bring everything to the end, always strive for success. I also wish the parents – spiritual strength and faith in their own children.
Remember, knowledge is the light that will help you walk confidently through life. I wish you solid knowledge, good health, true friendship!
Rector of the Belarusian State Medical University
Translation: Varvara Boika