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University explores link-up with Belarus

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Photo: Michael Rye (left) with Professor Brian Foxon, director of international affairs at Glyndŵr University

March 11, 2015

Glyndŵr University is in talks to develop closer links with industry and education in the Republic of Belarus.

Academia-industry partnerships between the Wrexham institution and Belarussian companies could develop and hundreds of students from Belarus study in North East Wales under a new agreement.

Officials from the university’s international office discussed ideas with Michael Rye, Wales’ honorary consul for the Republic of Belarus, on a recent visit to North Wales.

Michael said: “I want to take the best bits of Glyndŵr University to Belarus and bring the best bits of Belarus to North East Wales.

“There are many areas which I feel the university could contribute to, such as art and design and engineering, but it’s about making the right connections now so we can work out plans moving forward.

“Education is the most powerful tool we have to develop the next generation of engineers, scientists and artists both in Wales and Belarus so it’s important we don’t miss the opportunity.”

The flow of students from Belarus to Wales is increasing year-on-year, said Mr Rye, and its rural-based economy is helping to make it one of the world’s leading manufacturers for agricultural vehicles.

Mr Rye has been honorary consul to Belarus since 2005, having been associated with the country since 1995 through Rotary International and aid convoys.

Suzanne Riley, head of international business relations at Glyndŵr University, said: “We were delighted to welcome Michael to Glyndŵr University to discuss potential opportunities.

“The university is always looking to expand its overseas partnerships and develop new links with countries and we’re looking forward to working together over the next few months.

“We hope the discussions will eventually lead to us welcoming more Belarussian students to Glyndŵr University in the near future.”

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