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2019.05.08 15:41

Lithuania grants special status for Belarusian university in exile

Saulius Jakučionis, BNS, LRT.lt2019.05.08 15:41

Lithuania's government on Wednesday granted a special status to the Belarusian European Humanities University (EHU), recognised as operating in exile due to political reasons.

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius told the government sitting that this status would allow ensuring the continuity of the university's operation.

The recently adopted amendments in Lithuania allow setting special assessment criteria for universities operating in forced emigration, compared to other higher schools.

The EHU was under threat of closure due to a negative assessment, but Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius issued a new permit for the university to continue operating in early April. The latest conclusion gave a negative grade to several EHU programs.

The EHU is a private university, established in Minsk in 1992, but was later closed down by Belarus' authorities. Reopened in Vilnius in 2004, it enrolls nearly 800 students, including 95 percent from Belarus.

This year, Lithuanian magazine Reitingai ranked EHU the top second private university in the country.

Read more: Top universities in Lithuania

Over 3,000 people have already graduated from this university, including over 2,000 who received their diplomas in Vilnius.

The European Commission, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs are the EHU's key financial donors.

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