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Member of the House of Lords of the Parliament of Great Britain Baroness Suttie visited the BSU. A meeting was held with BSU Rector Andrei Karol, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Internationalization of Education Konstantin Kozadaev, Dean of the Faculty of International Relations Viсtor Shadursky, Head of the Department of International Relations Alexander Zhuk, and coordinator of international COMPASS project in Belarus Arsen Nazarenko.

The main topic of the talks was the discussion of the potential of the Belarusian State University as a center for learning the Russian language. The Baroness stressed that many British students would like to learn Russian and, moreover, have the opportunity to receive Russian-language education, however, such an opportunity is presented only in Russia. In turn, the Belarusian colleagues noted that the BSU has many years of experience and a high academic level in the field of teaching Russian as a foreign language. A large number of short-term and long-term educational programs and courses have also been created at the BSU. This allows to organize language internships for students studying Russian language and literature and wishing to improve their communication skills directly in the linguistic environment.

It should be noted that Baroness Suttie’s visit to the BSU is taking place within the framework of the international project COMPASS (Comprehensive Capacity-Building in Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia: research integration, impact governance and sustainable communities). The international initiative involves joint research and exchange of experience in the field of education, effective management in the development of IT technologies, migration processes and regional security. Within a few days, the Baroness Suttie will give a lecture on the Brexit and New Challenges of Global Politics at the Faculty of International Relations and conduct a training session on British parliamentary debates. In addition, a visit to the Faculty of History of the BSU is planned.

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Alison Mary Suttie, Baroness Suttie (born 27 August 1968), is a British Liberal Democrat politician. She was appointed a life peer in the House of Lords in September 2013. A party whip, she is a member of the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs team. She is also a trustee on the board of IPPR.

From 2002 to 2004, she was the Press Secretary and Policy Advisor to the Irish politician and President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox MEP (ELDR Group), and worked in the Central-Eastern European countries in the run up to the 2004 enlargement of the European Union.

From 2006 to 2010, Suttie was Head of the Liberal Democrat Leader's Office where she worked in the House of Commons for Menzies Campbell, Vince Cable and Nick Clegg.

She was Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Adviser (Political Relations) to Nick Clegg, in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister from May 2010 to October 2011.

She is actively involved in raising public awareness about tuberculosis in the UK and abroad, as well as homelessness issues.

Since 2018 Baroness Suttie has been a member of the Expert Council of the COMPASS project.

 

 

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