The International Relations Department was created in 1997. The main activities of the Department are:
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: Kazakh National Academy of Choreography (Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan), Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory (Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan), Sattorov National Conservatory (Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan), Vaganova Ballet Academy (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation), Belgorod State University of Culture and Arts (Belgorod, Russian Federation), Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Moscow, Russian Federation), Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire (Petrozavodsk, Russian Federation), Russian State Specialized Academy of Arts (Moscow, Russian Federation), National University of Music Bucharest (Bucharest, Romania), Turkish Music State Conservatory Istanbul Technical University, (Istanbul, Republic of Turkey). There are more than 80 Conservatories, Academies of music and other higher educational partner 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), European Piano Teachers’ Association (ЕРТА), International Musicological Society (IMS) and Central European Music Academies Network (CEMAN), Association of Schools of Music.
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), Programs of Common State.
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.
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 Avanesian, the Department staff include leading specialist Maria Mikhailova, specialists Veronika Lukashevich and Alexandra Pyanina.