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Higher education as soft power in the Eastern Partnership: the case of Belarus

Polglase, Giles (2013) Higher education as soft power in the Eastern Partnership: the case of Belarus. Eastern Journal of European Studies, 4 (2). pp. 111-121. ISSN 2068-6633. (KAR id:39004)

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Abstract

The use of higher education (HE) as ‘soft power’ has a long history in Europe.

In the contemporary policy framework, the European Union (EU) has utilised

the transformative power of HE in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) via initiatives

such as Erasmus Mundus, Marie Curie and Tempus to create active teaching

and research partnerships with non-member states; and by doing so, it reiterates

the EU’s commitment to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the

Bologna Process. Although laudable, these polices have had a limited effect in

Belarus which has remained a laggard in its engagement with EHEA. Belarus

remains a non-signatory to the Bologna Process, has limited introduction of the

Bologna structure and has only partially engaged in the European Credit

Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Student mobility from Belarus

within the EHEA is poor and non-governmental HE initiatives, such as the

European Humanities University (EHU), have succumbed to internal politics

resulting in the formation of a ‘university in exile’. This paper explores how

effective EU HE policies have been in Belarus and offers examples of initiatives

with the potential to develop HE as a transformative power in the country.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Eastern Partnership, European Higher Education, Bologna Process, Belarus
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Giles Polglase
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2014 13:17 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/39004 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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