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Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus needs to improve training of highly qualified scientific personnel

The training of highly qualified scientific personnel is to be improved, said the President of Belarus meeting with the Chairman of the Higher Attestation Commission.

The main topic of the meeting was the training of highly qualified scientific personnel in the context of the tasks that were set at the 5th All-Belarusian People's Congress on the innovative development of the state.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
We have chosen the evolutionary path of the development of our country, our economy. Of our country in general. Naturally, without scientific support (and scientific support means staff), without educated, highly skilled, trained personnel it is impossible. And just in the midst of this work is our Higher Attestation Commission - HAC. How are things going in this sector, what is being done in this direction? We certainly do not deny the role of venerable scientists. But sooner or later, life is such, they pass away and the young replace them. What is with the rejuvenation of scientific personnel? In the Academy of Sciences, in education, and in the real economy? Scientists work everywhere. Are there any imbalances? What can we do today to make sure that a scientist has an appropriate position and status?

Gennady Palchik, Chairman of the Higher Attestation Commission of the Republic of Belarus:
I would like to inform you that recently we have held a meeting of heads of the Higher Attestation Commissions of the CIS member states in Moscow. And our approach, the approach of the organization of state certification of highly qualified scientific workers was rated as perhaps one of the most optimal, independent, professional, because, as you know, some countries have tried to introduce other mechanisms. And to be honest, the quality of works causes great doubts among scientists.

There is no statistical data as to how many scientific works bring economic effect to Belarus. In 2015, the most active fighters for academic degrees were Ministry of Education specialists. Scientists from the Academy of Sciences are in second place. 

The Ministry of Health is third. Achievements of domestic medicine are well known abroad. Foreigners, those of VIP status, come to Belarus when doctors from America or Europe cannot help. Farmers in the list of the scientific elite are only in fifth place.

Belarus now has nearly 2,500 doctors of science. Their average age is 67. The President asked how young people are supported in science.

Gennady Palchik, Chairman of the Higher Attestation Commission of the Republic of Belarus:
Scholarships are allocated annually within the framework of the Special Fund of the President supporting young scientists. And I reported to the head of state that it is not just a scholarship. Young scientists, according to the decree, are able to get a soft loan for housing construction. Such social support for young people - without a degree up to 30 years and candidates of sciences under 35 years old, is a systematic and effective tool that will continue to evolve.

President meets with chairman of Higher Attestation Commission of Belarus