As part of the visit to the Republic of Belarus to establish and develop relations in the trade, economic, humanitarian and educational spheres, the opening of the office of the Honorary Consul of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in the Republic of Belarus, Belarusian State Medical University was visited on January 13 by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to Russia, as well as Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan concurrently, Professor Janita Abeyvikrema Liyanage, Honorary Consul of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in the Republic of Belarus, Professor Dzmitry Ruzanau, Minister Plenipotentiary, Advisor on Administration, Finance, Education and Trade of Sri Lanka Chamila Jayaratna.
The main purpose of the visit was to discuss a wide range of issues related to the education of Sri Lankan citizens and to identify the main areas of mutual cooperation in the field of education, health and science between the states.
The distinguished guests were received by the Rector of Belarusian State Medical University, Corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Sergey Rubnikovich. The meeting was also attended by Vice-Rector for International Relations, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Vasili Roudenok, head of Milemir company, Deputy head of the International Association of University Graduates Dr. Rama Shankar Sah, the best Sri Lankan students of a leading medical institution of higher education.
During the conversation, Professor Sergey Rubnikovich told about the history, structure and organization of the educational process at the leading medical university of Belarus. In addition, it was noted that BSMU had a highly qualified teaching staff, modern clinical facilities and comfortable living conditions for students. The university attaches the greatest importance to improving the quality of training of medical specialists, provided by the introduction of innovative forms of education, improvement of curricula and programs, and advanced training of teaching staff. Special attention is paid to the practice-oriented education of future doctors and pharmacists.
Belarus and Sri Lanka have close relations in the educational sphere. Belarusian State Medical University has successfully passed the accreditation process and received recognition from the Sri Lanka Medical Council - Sri Lanka Medical Council, which allowed a significant number of Sri Lankan citizens to be trained at the medical faculty of foreign students. Currently, among more than 2,000 foreign students of the university there are 98 Sri Lankan citizens who master the educational programs of the first stage of higher education.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Belarus noted that the quality of training of medical specialists at Belarusian State Medical University is at a very high level and obtaining accreditation was a logical continuation of the work that is already being carried out at the university on an ongoing basis. The Ambassador stressed that BSMU can count on the support of the Sri Lankan Embassy in establishing mutually beneficial cooperation with Sri Lankan universities in the academic and scientific fields, including the organization of internships for teaching staff, clinical practice of students, joint scientific and practical events.
Rector Sergey Rubnikovich thanked Professor Janita Abeyvikrem Liyanage for the visit, stressing that Belarusian State Medical University is always open to Sri Lankan partners and mutually beneficial contacts.
At the end of the meeting, the parties exchanged souvenirs, expressing hope for the development of fruitful cooperation in the future.
Authors: Nadezhda Kolyago, methodologist of BSMU Department of International Relations
Photo by Dmitry Zelenkovsky
Translation: Nadezhda Kolyago