Departments for Educational, Research and Creative Work

International Relations Department

The International Relations Department was created in 1997. The main activities of the Department are:

  • development of mutually beneficial partnerships with education institutions, scientific organizations, institutions and organizations of the cultural sphere in foreign countries;
  • development of cooperation programs in the sphere of art, science and education;
  • ensuring the participation of teachers and students of the Academy in international projects and programs;
  • conducting of international competitions, conferences, symposia and workshops at the Academy;
  • ensuring the participation of foreign specialists in the educational process of the Academy, holding of master-classes, creative meetings, concerts and lectures;
  • organization of academic mobility projects with participation of students and teachers, assignment of teachers and students of the Academy for education and study placement abroad;
  • provision of information and consulting assistance to students and teachers of the Academy in participation in international competitions, educational and creative projects.

International cooperation in the field of Higher education, science and culture operates under terms of international agreements, being concluded by the Belarusian State Academy of Music and foreign scientific and education institutions and organizations. In recent years, international relations of the Academy have widened greatly. Agreements on bilateral cooperation have been concluded with a number of foreign institutions: University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar (Weimar, Federal Republic of Germany), Music Conservatory “Giuseppe Tartini” (Trieste, Italian Republic), Shanghai Conservatory of Music (Shanghai, People’s Republic of China), Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (Zhejiang, People’s Republic of China), Central China Normal University (Wuhan, People’s Republic of China), P.A. Serebryakov Volgograd Conservatory (Volgograd, Russian Federation), P.I. Tchaikovsky South Ural State Institute of Arts (Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation), Ufa State Institute of Arts named after Zagir Ismagilov (Ufa, Russian Federation), Saratov State Conservatory named after L.V. Sobinov (Saratov, Russian Federation) and others.

There are above 60 Partner Institutions, including Conservatories, Academies of Music and other Higher Education Institutions, in cooperation with which the Belarusian State Academy of Music conducts educational and creative projects.
The teaching staff and students of the Academy annually participate in numerous international conferences, competitions, academies, summer schools, which is important for the international recognition of national musicology, performing and professional music education.

The Belarusian State Academy of Music is a member of different international organizations and associations: European Association of Conservatoires, Academies and High Schools of Music (AEC), Cimbalom World Association (CWA), European Piano Teachers’ Association (ЕРТА), International Musicological Society (IMS), Network for International Cooperation in Arts (NICA) and Central European Initiative (CEI).

The Belarusian State Academy of Music takes part in the work of international programs, such as Erasmus+ European Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility Program, aimed at supporting the process of modernization of Higher education in partner countries of the European Union, joint Educational Cooperation Program with the Zhengzhou University “3+2” (Zhengzhou, People’s Republic of China), Eastern Partnership Program “I, CULTURE ORCHESTRA”, Programs of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD and Mevlana Exchange Program of the Çukurova University (Adana, Republic of Turkey).

A large number of joint international educational and creative projects, held at the Belarusian State Academy of Music, are carried out with the active initiative and support of diplomatic missions, embassies and international organizations in the Republic of Belarus, including the Goethe-Institut Belarus and the Polish Institute in Minsk.

The successful experience in organizing and holding of numerous cultural and educational events together with the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Belarus and partner institutions of the Academy in the countries of the near and far abroad made it possible to take this area of work to a new level and launch in academic year 2016/2017 the joint project of the Belarusian State Academy of Music and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus “Cultural Diplomacy: Youth Musical Bridges”, which promotes the activation of international contacts in the field of musical and performing arts and music education. Within the framework of this project, concert performances of creative groups of the Belarusian State Academy of Music have successfully been held in China, France, Spain, Kazakhstan and other countries.

Expansion of the geography of international relations, participation of the Belarusian State Academy of Music in the work of international organizations and programs testify to its growing prestige in the world cultural and educational space.

Over the years, the International Relations Department was headed by L.A.Khmelevskaya (1997–1999), E.M.Gorokhovik (1999–2008), N.G.Ganul (2008–2012) and А.V.Makarova (2012–2013). At present, Head of the Department is Ruzanna G. Avanesian, the Department staff include leading specialists Natalia Chigileichik, Maria Tarasenko and specialist Veronica Lukashevich.

Erasmus+. Quick Guide for Participating Education Institutions in Partner Countries.

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