Warsaw University opens doors to Belarusian students

"Our academic community is on the side of all who want freedom, democracy, civic society and the rule of law in Belarus," said Pałys in a press release detailing the programme. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Warsaw University will accept students expelled from Belarusian colleges amidst the mass social protests underway in the country, the rector of the university Marcin Pałys announced on Friday.

Pałys said the decision was dictated by the current situation in Belarus, where mass protests are underway since the country's recent presidential election. The demonstrations broke out after the vote gave a 6th term of office to to-date president Alexander Lukashenko. Protesters claim the elections were rigged.

Belarusian police are using violence, including tear gas and stun grenades, to quell the riots, and thousands of protesters have been arrested.

"Our academic community is on the side of all who want freedom, democracy, civic society and the rule of law in Belarus," said Pałys in a press release detailing the programme.

Warsaw University will offer Belarusian college expelleesfull scholarships and 12-month study tours under a government programme run by its Centre for East European Studies. Applications will be accepted from August 31.