Corruption in education in Belarus

Author(s) : Yatskevich, Olia

Imprint : Prague, Transparency International Czech Republic; IACC Council, 2001

Collation : 4 p.

This document is Olia Yatskevich's presentation at the Students' Forum "Can we educate the youth without the involvement of corruption?" at the tenth IACC. Corruption, especially bribery, is a widespread phenomenon in Belarusian universities. One must either engage in bribery or have an influential parent to be accepted into the more prestigious faculties (Law, International Relations, Medicine). Bribery is also rife during one's studies; professors may request $5-$100, gifts, or special favors (ex: translation work) in exchange for high marks on exams. The author's research indicates that private universities are less corrupt than public universities in Belarus. Factors that inhibit corruption in this context are as follows: students pay for their education; professors are afraid to lose their high-paid work; and the universities draw professors from other cultures. Perhaps private education provides a model for a solution to the problem of corruption in Belarusian universities.

  • Admission to school / university, Corruption, Bribery, Favoritism, Economic and social development, Educational management, Examinations and diplomas, Parents, Students, University staff, University staff behaviour, University staff wages, Youth, Higher education, Private education
  • Europe
    Belarus