China-Belarus youth competition of research, innovation projects receives 200 applications
13 October 2020
MINSK – The China-Belarus youth competition of research and innovation projects has received around 200 applications from all Belarusian universities and Chinese undergraduate and postgraduate students who study in Belarus and at Northeastern University of China, Chairman of the Belarusian State Committee on Science and Technology Aleksandr Shumilin said as he attended the opening ceremony of the competition on 13 October, BelTA learned from the press service of committee.
He stressed the importance of the youth competition as it is aimed at developing innovative ventures of the youth. “Belarus lays great emphasis on the development of innovative ventures of the youth and pins hopes on young, energetic, and creative people who are ready for discoveries and constant search for something new,” Aleksandr Shumilin stressed.
He also noted that the China-Belarus youth competition of research and innovation projects is an excellent addition to activities meant to promote the startup movement in Belarus. Last year, the country hosted more than 400 events centered around startups.
Large-scale annual events featuring Chinese scientists, specialists, students, and young researchers have also become a tradition in Belarus. These events include the Belarus-China youth innovation forum New Horizons, the international competition of translation of scientific and technical texts, the Belarus-China international competition and festival of arts Belt and Road. “Our countries put effort in intensifying cooperation in science, technology, and innovations and commercializing the results of research activity. I believe that the China-Belarus youth competition of research and innovation projects will give a new impetus to our work,” Aleksandr Shumilin noted.
In recent years, the Belarus-China cooperation in science has actively developed. In the past five years, the number of joint projects soared by almost 50%. At present, the countries are implementing projects in microelectronics, optics and laser technology, biotechnology, new materials, and other fields. These projects are carried out with the support of the State Committee on Science and Technology of Belarus and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. More than 30 projects are being implemented within the framework of the cooperation between the Belarusian Republican Foundation for Fundamental Research and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
The China-Belarus youth competition of research and innovation projects is running in the Politekhnik science park under Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU) on 13 October. The competition is set to feature a presentation of more than 100 youth research and innovation projects in several fields: materials and chemical products, mechanical engineering and metallurgy, ecology, sustainable management of natural resources, waste recycling, energy saving, healthcare, sanitation, medical equipment, educational technology, and innovations in economy, culture, and art.
The organizers of the competition are the BNTU, the State Committee on Science and Technology, the BNTU Confucius Institute on Science and Technology, and the Chinese Embassy in Belarus.