12.06.2012 / 09:29

Education Minister Considers Blocking Belarus Bologna Process Joining Bid Politically Biased

Bologna Follow-Up Group recommended not considering Belarus candidacy due to the lack of academic freedom.

Belarusian Education Minister Siarhiej Maskievich has accused the Bologna Follow-Up Group of pursuing a political agenda over its decision to block the countrys Bologna Process joining bid.

The Bologna Follow-Up Group recommended ministers of higher educations council that the ministers should reject the countrys bid over concerns about its commitment to academic freedom.

Mr. Maskievich said that he hoped that the countrys bid would be given less politically biased consideration next time.

We will be developing our education system in accordance with a strategy that we have chosen, said Mr. Maskievich, commenting on the ministrys further plans. It is really very close to what the Bologna Process member states declare.

He added that the Belarusian ministry also expected integration processes in the sphere of education to intensify in the post-Soviet region.

Today, Belarus remains the only European country excluded from the club of 47 nations that aim to create the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

In order to join the EHEA, a country must be party to the European Cultural Convention and make a commitment to implement the area`s main objectives and policies.

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