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VILNIUS – Officials are hopeful about an uptick in Americans attending university in Belarus, following a three-day education workshop.

The event, which took place earlier this month, brought together educators from Belarus and the U.S., who discussed increasing opportunities to engage American students.

The Head of the International Relations Department at Mogilev State University, Sergey Machekin, was among the attendees.

“One of the objectives of the conference is to attract American students for internships on the basis of Belarusian universities," he said.

Representatives from the Belarusian Embassy in Lithuania, the Ministry of Education of Belarus, and the U.S. Embassy in Minsk were all in attendance and engaged in the conversations about future cooperation.

The workshop, organized by the Vilnius office of American Councils, was funded by a grant from the Department of State's Study Abroad Branch.

Kevin Reiling, regional director for American Councils, said he was pleased at the number of attendees both from American universities and higher education institutes of Belarus.

“There is a great deal of untapped potential in Belarus for American students,” he said. “They have an excellent education system and excellent study and research opportunities.”
“We look forward to the next steps,” he added.