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Near 200 applications received for China-Belarus Youth Contest of R&D Projects

Near 200 applications received for China-Belarus Youth Contest of R&D Projects

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Near 200 applications received for China-Belarus Youth Contest of R&D Projects

Near 200 applications were received from all Belarusian universities, as well as from Chinese students, undergraduates and postgraduates studying in Belarus and at the Northeastern University of China, for the China-Belarus Youth Contest of R&D Projects. This was announced today at the opening of the competition by the Chairman of the State Committee for Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Shumilin. In his words, the idea to hold a youth contest is very valuable, since it is aimed at developing innovative entrepreneurship among young people. “The state pays a lot of attention to the development of innovative youth entrepreneurship and places the highest hopes on young, energetic and creative people, those who are eager for discoveries and constant search for something new,” stressed Alexander Shumilin. He also noted that the China-Belarus Youth Contest for R&D Projects is in alignment with the set of measures to stimulate the start-up movement in Belarus. Last year, the country hosted over 400 events with a focus on startups.

In Belarus, annual large-scale events with the participation of Chinese scientists, specialists, students and young scientists have already become traditional - the Belarus-China Youth Innovation Forum "New Horizons", the International competition for scientific and technical translation, the Belarus-China international art festival "Belt and Road Initiative". “Our countries are constantly working together to deepen scientific, technical and innovation cooperation, as well as commercialize the results of scientific and technical activities. I am sure that the China-Belarus Youth Contest of R&D Projects will give a new impetus to our work,” said Alexander Shumilin, Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology.

In recent years, relations between Belarus and China in the field of science have been dynamically developing. Both the number and the scale of joint scientific and technical projects are growing. Over the past 5 years, the number of Belarusian-Chinese projects has increased by more than 50%, and at present, with the support of the State Committee for Science and Technology and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the PRC, projects in the field of microelectronics, optical and laser technologies, biotechnologies, new materials and others are being successfully implemented. Also, more than 30 projects are being implemented through cooperation of the Belarusian Republican Foundation for Fundamental Research with the Beijing Institute of Technology and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

The China-Belarus Youth Contest for R&D projects is held on October 13 at the BNTU Polytechnic Science and Technology Park. Within the framework of the contest, more than 100 youth R&D projects will be presented in the following areas: materials and chemical products; mechanical engineering and metallurgy; ecology, rational nature management, waste processing, energy saving; medicine, sanitation, medical technology; educational technologies, innovations in economics, culture and art.

The event was organized by the BNTU, the State Committee on Science and Technology, the Confucius Institute for Science and Technology, BNTU, together with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Belarus.