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Lukashenko suggests revising structure of Belarus’ science

MINSK, 24 November (BelTA) – The President of Belarus suggested revising the structure of science in the country as he met with the Belarusian scientific community on 24 November, BelTA has learned.

According to the President, the effective organization of science is top on the country’s agenda.

Alexander Lukashenko asked scientists what needs to be done to get maximum benefits from their labor. “Let us discuss whether we should adhere to traditional forms of organization where the main role is given to the Academy of Sciences with a ramified network of scientific institutions and research centers,” the head of state said.

As an alternative, the President suggested considering the practice of Western countries where fundamental research is performed by universities and applied research by corporations.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that he would like to listen to young scientists who went abroad several times and can compare local and foreign practices. “On whom should we count today: on academic institutions or universities, research institutes or small high-tech companies? I think we should focus on this problem, too,” the head of state said.