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Lukashenko wants universities to train multidisciplinary specialists with IT skills

MINSK (BelTA) – We need to think of the education of the future, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with prominent Belarusian pedagogues on 29 June, BelTA has learned.

According to the head of state, the country has achieved a lot in the development of education. The education system has been improved gradually and thoughtfully. “It was important for us not to reduce education to the service sector, not to seek profits only. We have retained the opportunity for all applicants to receive higher education for free on a competitive basis and I consider this one of our biggest achievements,” the president noted.

Nevertheless, there are things to strive for, Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “Today we need to find an answer to the question what kind of education we want see in the future. Many people talk about it, offer new models. Often they reduce it to the banal information technology. I believe in a simple idea: no IT workers, even the most advanced and talented ones, will be able to feed people, to provide them with footwear and clothes. Indeed, modern technologies can bring both agriculture and manufacturing to a new level of development. I always say that IT majors are progressive but should be at the intersection of real industries. We need multidisciplinary specialists with IT skills,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

The president noted that the IT-majors coupled with other majors such as biological, chemical, economic and even law majors educate a modern-day man. “But we have to think about other industry modules, look into the future. Let's say chemistry coupled with physics, biology with mechanics or physics. Please discuss what else is needed to be done and come up with proposals,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state noted that young people also want to have a choice of the modules and elements of the curriculum programs. “We need to satisfy their request. We need to hear them and keep up with life, build on its needs,” he added.