"Hours of friendship" took place on April 4 in Minsk's universities. Belarusian and Turkmen students participated in the meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Education and the diplomatic corps. The idea of holding such meetings was announced by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during Alexander Lukashenko's visit to that country.
Strong ties in education between the two countries were established long ago, but now a new promising direction has appeared.
Belarusian universities have started preparing staff for the Garlyk minging and processing plant.
Vadim Bogush, Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus:
Of the nearly 9,000 citizens of Turkmenistan who are training in the Republic of Belarus about 8,000 are students of universities. We also plan to develop cooperation in terms of training mid-level staff.
Aiza Kulieva, a student at the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University:
I would highlight the level of education, and secondly the price relatively to other states. There are a lot of our people, Turkmens, and it's easier to live when you are abroad, it's calmer.
This is a quiet country and our parents know we're safe here.
Rustam is one of those who may in the future work at the Garlyk mining and processing plant.
Rustam Achilov, student of geographical faculty of the Belarusian State University:
I came to Belarus for education on the advice of my parents and relatives, friends. I have always planned, always dreamed of working in the field of oil or gas, any minerals. Now, the opportunity opened with the commissioning of the mining and processing plant at the Garlyk field. Of course, I would like to work there.
The Belarusian National Technical University, in turn, is responsible for technical training.
Atajan Makhmudov, student of the Belarusian National Technical University:
My profession is mining engineer; I will be working underground in the mine.I will produce potash.
It is no secret that the diploma of Belarusian universities is highly valued in Turkmenistan. That is why the flow of students from that Asian country increases annually.