On 2 September 2019, the Knowledge Day celebration was held in an open area in front of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. It was attended by undergraduates of the Graduate School of the NAS of Belarus, members of the Bureau of the Presidium of the NAS of Belarus, heads of scientific organizations, well-known scientists of our country.
In his welcoming speech to the udergraduates, Chairman of the NASB Presidium Vladimir Gusakov emphasized that the NAS of Belarus had created necessary conditions for successful research. According to him, all undergraduates and graduate students, as well as young researchers are provided with housing. Various sports and mass cultural events are held annually. In recent years, the Council of Young Scientists has significantly intensified its activities. Currently, the Council unites more than 2500 young scientists of the Academy of Sciences under the age of 35 who are engaged in research activities, and it makes up more than 25% of the total number of researchers. There are opportunities for the active participation of young scientists in various projects and grants, for example the youth competition “100 Talents of the NAS of Belarus” was established. Vladimir Gusakov also assured that talented young researchers would find support in their endeavors. “Today, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus has everything necessary not only for the organization of scientific research, but also for obtaining a high-quality education due to the wide use of modern educational technologies, the development of the material base and innovative projects,” said Vladimir Gusakov.
Words of farewell were addressed to the undergraduates by Andrei Ivanets, Chief Scientific Secretary of the NAS of Belarus, Chairman of the Council of Young Scientists; Petr Vityaz, Head of the NASB apparatus, Academician; Alexander Laskovnev, Academician-Secretary of the Department of Physical and Technical Sciences; Alexander Kovalenya, Academician-Secretary of the Department of Humanities and Arts; Vladimir Agabekov, Director of the Institute of Chemistry of New Materials, Academician.
During the ceremony, Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Academician Vladimir Gusakov handed over a symbolic report card to the undergraduates of the NASB Graduate School. The first classes of undergraduates were held at Yakub Kolas Central Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.
On September 2, 124 undergraduates began their studies in 11 specialties at the Graduate School of the NAS of Belarus. These are graduates of the leading higher educational institutions of our country, namely the Belarusian State University, the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, the Belarusian National Technical University, the Belarusian State Economic University, the Belarusian State Pedagogical University, etc. Such specialties as "Art History", "Economics", "Physics", "Biology", and "Chemistry" were most in demand among the applicants who entered this year. All graduates of full-time budget form are to be distributed mainly to scientific organizations of the National Academy of Sciences. The Graduate School of the NAS of Belarus is training students at the second stage of higher education in master’s degree program since 2007.