Universities open doors to Belarusian students

Around 50 Polish universities are to open their doors to Belarusian students who were kicked out of their schools after violent protests following the presidential elections.

Minister for Science and Higher Education, Barbara Kudrycka told Polish Radio that a similar situation arose four years ago after presidential elections in Poland's eastern neighbour prompted 244 students to come to Poland to continue their studies.

However, Kudrycka estimates that the number of Belarusian students seeking further education in Poland may be higher after this year's elections, which saw bloody riots and police beatings.

Apart from students, a number of lecturers and academic staff from Belarus may also be hired by Polish universities, although the conditions of employment, including wages, are still unclear, according to the minister.

Talking to Polish Radio, Minister Kudrycka also assured that Belarusian students could count on financial aid.


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