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14 November 2018 г.

Visit of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to the Republic of Belarus Alon Shoham.

Visit of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to the Republic of Belarus

On November 8, 2018 the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to the Republic of Belarus Alon Shoham visited the Belarusian State Medical University.

The main purpose of the visit of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to the Republic of Belarus Alon Shoham was to familiarize with the educational process as well as to discuss the issues of Belarusian-Israeli cooperation in education, prospects for inter-university cooperation in the framework of the agreements that were signed this year.

The Ambassador was received by the Rector of university Anatol V. Sikorski. The meeting was also attended by Vice-Rector for International Relations Vasili V. Roudenok, Dean of the Medical Faculty for Foreign Students Oleg S. Ishutin, Head of the Department of International Relations Varvara V. Boika, Head of the Belarusian-Israeli joint project Yulia A. Danovich.

This year the cooperation between the Belarusian State Medical University and the State of Israel is developing very fast: Memorandum of Understanding between the Belarusian State Medical University and the Hadassah Medical Center has been signed; the four-year English-program in General Medicine for citizens of the State of Israel has been launched; the number of Israeli citizens studying at the university has increased, etc.

During the meeting the parties discussed issues related to the process of training of Israeli students, their academic performance, motivation to study as well as the issues related to awareness-raising work in the sphere of the joint history of the Belarusian and the Jewish people.

The Rector of university Anatol V. Sikorski expressed his deep gratitude to Mr. Alon Shoham for his visit to the Belarusian State Medical University. The Rector noted that bilateral cooperation is flourishing not only in the field of education and medicine but also in the socio-cultural sphere. This means that bilateral relations are built not only on the basis of mutually beneficial cooperation, but also on the basis of common culture and history. It is not surprising that our university is always open for Israeli enrollees because for many years Israeli high school graduates have demonstrated the high level of academic performance, discipline and self-organization.

At the moment more than 40 Israeli students are studying at the university, and it is planned that the number of students from the State of Israel will be increasing during the next academic year.

The increase in the number of Israeli students is stipulated by the launch of the four-year English-program in General Medicine for the citizens of the State of Israel. The program provides Israeli citizens with higher education in related medical specialties the right to continue their education from the 3rd year. This program is based on educational experience in training medical specialists in universities of Israel, the United States of America and Canada.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to the Republic of Belarus Alon Shoham highly evaluated the quality of training of medical specialists at the Belarusian State Medical University. The Ambassador stressed that Israeli enrollees choose our university for several reasons - high quality education, its affordability, flexible rewards for academic performance and social activities, the opportunity to organize national cultural events, stable socio-economic situation in the Republic of Belarus as a whole. Mr. Alon Shoham noted that the combination of all these factors makes our university attractive in the training of specialists for practical healthcare of the State of Israel.

Head of the Belarusian-Israeli joint project Yulia A. Danovich mentioned that the four-year English-program in General Medicine is in great demand among English-speaking Israeli enrollees with higher education in related medical specialties.

Mr. Alon Shoham stressed that the organization of such educational projects is beneficial for both parties, and this means that the project has every chance of being successful.

The Rector of university Anatol V. Sikorski noted that the Belarusian State Medical University pays great attention not only to the professional training of medical specialists, but also to educational and awareness-raising work. The rector suggested organizing joint visits of Belarusian and Israeli students to historical sites, in particular, memorials dedicated to the Great Patriotic War and victims of the Holocaust.

Mr. Alon Shoham appreciated the rector’s initiative and noted that the history of the Great Patriotic War is a common history for the Belarusian and the Jewish people.

At the end of the meeting Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to the Republic of Belarus Alon Shoham emphasized the importance of partnership with the Belarusian State Medical University and expressed hope for the development of fruitful cooperation in future.

The Rector of university Anatol V. Sikorski also thanked Mr. Alon Shoham for the visit stressing that the doors of the Belarusian State Medical University are always open for Israeli partners.

After the official meeting with the Rector of university Anatol V. Sikorski Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to the Republic of Belarus Alon Shoham met with Israeli students who are studying at the BSMU Medical Faculty for Foreign Students and the Faculty of Career Guidance and pre-University Training.

Author: Varvara Boika, Head of the Department of International Relations
Photo: Dmitry Zelenkovsky
Translation: Varvara Boika


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