International cooperation is among the top priorities of the University activities having old and well-established traditions of international networking. Dynamic international cooperation is a prerequisite for ensuring the sustainability and quality of teaching and research at the University.
Belarusian State Technological University is an active international university engaged in collaborative projects and partnerships all over the world focusing on the following cooperation strategies: interuniversity cooperation agreements; visit-lecturing; traineeship and internship exchanges of academic staff, PhD and Master’s degree students; joint research projects; joint contributions to reputable science and research journals; student exchange; study programs for international students taught in English and Russian; international conferences and other professional and scientific events; joint double-degree programs; participation in international and EU programs.
The University holds over 150 bilateral cooperation agreements with educational and research institutions from 32 countries worldwide. The strongest partnerships are maintained with the following universities: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania), D. Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology of Russia (Russia), Saint-Petersburg State Chemical and Pharmaceutical Academy (Russia), Saint-Petersburg State Forest Technical University named after S.M. Kirov (Russia), Ural State Forest Engineering University (Russia), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Bialystok University of Technology (Poland), Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland), Kazan National Research Technological University (Russia), Tyumen State Oil and Gas University (Russia), Ukrainian Academy of Printing (Ukraine), National Forest Engineering University of Ukraine (Ukraine), South-Kazakhstan State University named after M.O. Auezov (Kazakhstan), M.Kh. Dulaty Taraz State University (Kazakhstan), Turkmen State Institute of Transport and Communication (Turkmenistan), International Oil and Gas University (Turkmenistan), Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), University of Montpellier-II (France), Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín (Slovakia), Tokyo University of Science (Japan), Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Bangladesh), Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Germany), Dresden Technical University (Germany), University of Freiburg (Germany), Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development (Germany), Swedish Forest Agency (Sweden), Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic), Huh Hoto Professional Institute (China), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (China), Chongqing University of Technology (China), International Association for Research and Technical Cooperation with CIS countries (China), etc.
The University houses a number of international research and innovation centres, i.e. UNESCO-Associated Centre for Chemical Sciences and Education, International Biopharmaceutical Centre, International IT Centre, International Centre for Advanced Materials and Technology.
BSTU is a full member of several international organizations and networks, i.e. International Centre for Forestry and Forest Industry (ICFFI), European Forest Institute (EFI), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Northern Dimension Institute (NDI), European Real Estate Society (ERES), Society of Property Researchers (SPR), Real Estate Laboratory (RE Lab), International Association of Research Organizations for the Information, Media and Graphic Arts Industries (IARIGAI), Baltic University Programme (BUP), etc.
Academic staff, reseachers, students, PhD and Master's degree students are active participants of international projects within Erasmus+, Horizon 2020, Baltic Sea Region, SI, DAAD and other programs which prove to be valuable experience as well as a source of professional contacts and professional development.
Academic staff, researchers, students, PhD and Master’s degree students are successful grant and fellowship holders thus being able to do short- and long-term internships at reputable educational and research institutions, i.e. Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Lulea University of Technology (Sweden), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway), University of Cagliari (Italy), Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), Zurich University (Switzerland), Goettingen University (Germany), D. Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology of Russia (Russia), Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), Chongqing University of Technology (China), etc.
Over the years of 2013-2015 the University took part in a trilateral educational environmental project “Summer Academy” implemented by a number of partner organizations from Poland, Belarus and Germany. Bialystok University of Technology (Poland), Belarusian State Technological University (Belarus), Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development (Germany), Bialowieski Park Narodowy (Poland), Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park (Belarus) and Lower Oder Valley National Park (Germany) joined their efforts to implement the project. The venues of the project activities were national parks which invited students from the three partner universities to gather knowledge and experience in the fields of forest ecology, forest ecosystems conservation, sustainable tourism, national and regional socioeconomic development as well as management strategies of protected nature areas.
The University runs a distance learning Master’s degree program provided jointly with Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania). The Russian- and English-taught program has a strong focus on international experience of the real estate industry and grants a double degree in Real Estate Management.
The international student community of BSTU annually totals over 350 students coming from such countries as Turkmenistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Nigeria, China, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Finland, Czech republic, Mexico, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, etc. They are offered a variety of degree programs to include: over 50 Russian- and English-taught graduate programs, 37 Master’s degree programs, 35 PhD programs. International applicants can choose to pursue a career in a wide range of industries and services, i.e. forest and woodworking industry, forestry, chemistry and petrochemistry, pharmaceutical and pulp-and-paper industries, building materials, landscape architecture, electrochemical industry, power engineering, printing and publishing, perfumery and cosmetics, tourism and travel, biotechnology and bioecology, environmental protection and industrial ecology, IT industry, etc.
Apart from the above degree programs, the international students can attend Russian language and pre-university courses as well as join the professional development programs available at BSTU. They are welcome to take part in summer language schools, mobility programs and other University events.
At the current stage of its development the University supports the following key strategic initiatives on internationalization: to implement and advance the university-wide internationalization strategy; to support BSTU academic staff and researchers in the initiation of long-term international partnerships; to enhance the appeal of Belarusian State Technological University as destination of choice for international applicants, doctoral students, renowned professors from abroad; to increase the international visibility of Belarusian State Technological University and its academic staff; to position Belarusian State Technological University as an innovative force in international discourses on current topics of higher engineering education.
Internationalization is an important component of Belarusian State Technological University's strategy, enabling academic staff and students of the university to be globally active and well prepared for future challenges.