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Belarusian Trade and Economics University of Consumer Cooperatives


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Belarusian Trade and Economics University of Consumer Cooperatives is the only cooperative higher education institution of Belcoopsoyuz in the Republic of Belarus, and training qualified specialists for consumer cooperatives and other spheres of the national economy.
Now BTEU is a research and educational center. Structure of the University (since November 2014) includes three faculties of day and correspondence forms of training (including 13 departments), Faculty of Qualification Improvement and Personnel Retraining (including one department), Department of Postgraduate Course, Department of Distance Learning Technologies and Innovations, Department of Career Guidance of Youth, Department of Coordination of Scientific Projects and Programs, Department of International Relations, etc.
Since 2010 the University functions according to the certified Quality Management System of education meeting the requirements of STB ISO 9001-2009. In November 2015, the University successfully passed inspection control of the certified Quality Management System by audit team of Educational institution "Belarusian State Institute of Qualification Improvement and Personnel Retraining for Standardization, Metrology, and Quality Management". In September 2016, the University moved to the new version of STB ISO 9001-2015, and, as well, the actualization of the quality management system documents was made (order of the Rector of 09.09.2016 № 340п).
One of the competitive advantages of cooperative education and factors of the improvement of quality of training of specialists at Belarusian Trade and Economics University of Consumer Cooperatives is the integration of secondary vocational and higher education. This integrated system, effective from specialized training, and reduced the timing of receiving education, approved itself, and is actively used in consumer cooperation. The University builds a relationship with establishments of secondary vocational education based on agreements on specialists' continuous training. The educational program of Postgraduate course providing conferring of scientific qualification "Researcher" is implemented at the University in 5 specialties. The educational program of retraining of high-level personnel and specialists having a higher education is offered in 25 specialties. The educational program of high-level retraining personnel and specialists having secondary vocational education is offered in 2 specialties.
Applicants are offered to complete the educational program's training for admission to higher education institutions of the Republic of Belarus in the form of training courses on studying subjects and particular disciplines for the training of listeners for the centralized testing and entrance tests graduates of colleges.
I am starting from 2014 implementation of an educational program of additional education of children and youth (in the form of the association on interests (club) – "English (1, 2, 3 levels) on educational-methodical complex "Fairy Land," and associations on interests (club) "Linguistic camp for school pupils" is being complemented (from 9 years).
The total number of employees at the University in November 2016 was 638 persons, including leading personnel - 87 persons, specialists (including academic staff) - 349 persons. The educational process is provided by 198 persons, including staff with scientific degrees and ranks -106 persons (53.5%), including Doctors of Science - 7 persons, Ph.D. - 99 persons, Professors - 8 persons, Associate Professors - 91 persons. Many of them have graduated from the University.
The staff is continually improving pedagogical and professional skills, uses innovative technologies in the educational process, working closely with organizations and enterprises of consumer cooperatives and other forms of property. Teaching, and respectively, the formation of skills of future specialists, is carried out following modern requirements dictated by the labor market. Innovative technology and interactive teaching methods are actively implemented in the educational process, and distance learning is being actively developed.
The significant role in the strengthening of practical training and active interaction of the University with the organizations is achieved by creating 15 branches of departments, which provide essential integration of education, production, and science.
The University is actively pursuing a policy of integration into the world's educational, scientific, and cultural space. For the implementation of the state policy to increase the export of educational services, BTEU considerably increased the contingent of international students in recent years. Thus, in the 2015-2016 academic year, foreign citizens from Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Russia, Moldova, Nigeria, Syria, and Turkey were trained in various educational programs. Business cooperation with foreign HEIs is being developed by the implementation of the existing cooperation agreements. The most successful and dynamic partnership is conducted with countries of the former Soviet Union – Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Permanent partners from far-abroad countries are HEIs from Sweden, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, and Portugal. Recently there appeared new partnership skills with HEIs from Belgium and Great Britain. The University has 62 bilateral agreements with higher education institutions from 16 countries. For further attraction for foreign citizens' training and improvement of the contents and technologies of educational activity at the University, the teaching of particular subjects has been conducted in English since 2013.
The University initiated the establishment of Network University "Cooperation" and coordinated the development of statutory documents. In September 2016, based on Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz (Republic of Kazakhstan) XVI Meeting of members of International Public Organization, "Council of Heads of cooperative educational institutions" took place. During the meeting, Declaration of the collaboration of cooperative educational institutions of the CIS countries on the establishment of the Network University "Cooperation" and a consortium agreement on the establishment of Network University were signed.
The University has two academic buildings with a total area about 15 thousand sq.m for the organization of educational process there are, as well, more than 100 auditoriums and lecture halls, including ones, equipped with stationary multimedia complexes, small assembly hall, 21 computer classes of general and special purposes with the total amount of about 240 personal computers, computer laboratory for independent work of students, the class for computer-based testing, an electronic reading-room, a class of automation of trade, classes for webinars, etc.
The Library of BTEU has one of the best in the Gomel region fund of economic literature and contains about one million national and foreign volumes. In the functioning of the University, the automated information library system (AILS) is used.
BTEU has five well-equipped dormitories accommodating 2.265 persons. Every nonresident student of the University is provided with accommodation at the dormitory. The sports base of the University consists of the sports campus with a total area of 3,3 thousand sq.m for 2 600 persons with the full range of necessary sports and fitness halls, four sports grounds, a stadium with a football pitch for mini-soccer, a basketball court, a racetrack and sector for long jumps.
BTEU has a modern editorial-and-publishing base, including private polygraphy. The scientific and practical magazine "Consumer cooperatives" in the list of scientific publications of Higher Attestation Commission of the Republic of Belarus is issued based on the University.The student's club has a big assembly hall for 800 persons, eight rehearsal rooms, and a dance floor.
The state always appreciated the University's long-term activity in preparation of highly qualified personnel for the national economy. In 2005 and 2014, the University was awarded by Certificates of honor of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus. According to the results of 2014, the University was declared the winner in the nomination "The best higher education institution" in Gomel and Gomel region.
The President of the Republic of Belarus adopted some Decrees concerning the university's activity, thereby BTEU and its graduates have privileges similar to the privileges provided to graduates and HEIs of the state form of ownership.
The wealth of experience gained over 50 years allows to hope for the further perspective development of the University based on active use of innovative educational technologies, every possible development of scientific potential, international cooperation, close interaction with the organizations of consumer cooperatives and government institutions and aimed at well-being and success.

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