MINSK, October 1 (BelTA) – The Belarusian State University (BSU) has been nominated as part of the GCRF COMPASS project participants for the nomination of the International Collaboration of the Year for the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2021, BelTA learned from the University press service.
“In the UK he is unofficially referred to as the Oscar in higher education. Even being shortlisted is a sign of the quality of the international activities of the universities participating in joint projects, ”said the press service.
The main university of the project is the University of Kent (UK), partners are the University of Cambridge, ADA University (Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Azerbaijan), Belarusian State University (Belarus), Tajik National University (Tajikistan) and the University for World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan).
The COMPASS initiative has been running since 2018 and aims to develop sustainable educational and research capacities in the face of external influences. The project helps improve international academic collaboration by bringing together policy makers and leading academics from Central Eurasia, the UK and Europe. Since COMPASS was launched, participants have published nine monographs and anthologies, six special editions of peer-reviewed journals, and more than 100 journal articles and analytical reviews. The materials are published in English and Russian and cover topics such as international relations, political science, sociology, migration, sustainability, cultural diplomacy and regional security. Belarusian State University’s COMPASS participants have helped organize important international forums and conferences, schools for young researchers, as well as academic programs and disciplines. With the help of the project, a new subject “Regional Studies” was opened this year at the Historical Institute of the Belarusian State University.
THE Awards 2021 comprise a total of 20 nominations. In addition to the COMPASS project participants, the International Cooperation of the Year category includes five other nominees. The 2021 THE Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 25th.
THE Awards have been presented in various categories by the London magazine Times Higher for 17 years. These include University of the Year, International Cooperation of the Year, Business School of the Year, Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Outstanding Student Support and Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year. Previously, the award was established among UK universities. This year universities from Ireland have joined.