Belarusian European Humanities University which was forced to leave Belarus for Vilnius, is preparing the next generation of Belarus, thus giving hope for an open society in the country based on liberal and democratic values. This was stated by Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis at an annual Assembly of the EHU Trust Fund donors on June 5 dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the university.
“We believe that these young people will be able to properly participate in the development of the Belarusian society and will contribute to the country’s openness to the values of the Western world,” said the Foreign Minister of Lithuania.
According to him, it is necessary to continue providing support to the EHU until it could be allowed in Minsk. Audronius Azubalis says the university is based on respect for the traditions of liberal education and combines the best ideas of East and West, as one of the most important transatlantic projects for the European future of Belarus.
“We are engaged in positive changes in Belarus through support of the EHU. This is our solid contribution to the future of the Belarusian society,” said the Minister of Lithuania.
EHU was founded in 1992 in Minsk, but in 2005 it was forced to move into Vilnius under pressure of the country’s authorities. Today, the university has 1.800 students, mostly citizens of Belarus.