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BBC News: The Belarusian University in Exile

BBC News: The Belarusian University in Exile

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The country of Belarus, between Russia and Poland, has been described as Europe's last dictatorship. But there is a university where students can study in a democratic climate - across the border in Lithuania. It sees itself as educating a generation that will be ready to step in when, one day, change comes to Belarus.

At the busy canteen on the ground floor of the European Humanities University all the student staples are on sale - big bars of chocolate, greasy little pies and vats of strong black coffee.

Undergraduates share tables with their teachers. The sound of lively, sometimes heated debates rises above the clatter of cutlery and crockery.

Mariya Sliaptsova, a second year international law student, was at a state university in Minsk, before she crossed the border and came to study in the Lithuanian capital instead.

"In Belarus we had to memorise such vast quantities of information," she says. "But nobody encouraged us to ask questions. Here it is totally different.".... (read more on the BBC web site).




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