Success Stories

Alex Khanin (BA, Media and Communication, 2010) was an active participant of the BBC Radio/EHU project during his studies, providing him with the opportunity to improve his professional skills. After graduation, Alex became an accredited journalist of the BelSAT television network in the Baltic States. His professionalism was recognized not just by the network but by the EHU, with an offer to teach a course in radio journalism. Mr Khanin sees this work as one way to raise the level of professionalism of Belarusian journalists, crucial for the democratic processes. At the same time, Khanin uses his knowledge of the Lithuanian language gained at the University in his work as a referee for the Lithuanian Football Referees Association. He states that cross-cultural borders diminish dramatically thanks to the kind of cooperative effort between countries that sport allows.

Alex Fedarau, (BA, History and Theory of Art, 2002-2004). Mr Fedarau studied at EHU in Minsk until its forced closure. He was among the students who transferred to Belarusian state universities during those difficult times. Fedarau became one of the most remarkable and successful art figures in Belarus. His career began with figurative painting then progressed to his own innovative strategies of form and representation. He was first recognized for his unauthorized public performances and nonconformist actions, which were conceptually related to the Moscow Actionism of the 1990s. His pictorial work is primarily influenced by that of Chaim Soutine, Sol LeWitt, Joseph Kosuth, and Joseph Beuys. Fedarau has taken part in more than thirty Belarusian and international exhibitions and arranged more than twenty solo exhibitions and unique performances. He is also the curator of the Independent Agency of Cultural Information, or The Belarusian media has characterized him as a “scandalous, provocative artist, innovator, and patron.”

Olga Karatch (MA, Public Policy, 2012) is one of the most active women politicians in Belarus. Ms Karatch heads the civic organization "Our House" in Vitebsk. She is the founder of the independent newspaper Vitebsky Kurier. One of her recent initiatives was to mark March 7 as an annual day of memory for the women victimized by actions of the Belarusian police.

Uladzimir Puhach (LLB, Law, 1998) is the frontman of J:MORC, one of the most popular rock bands in Belarus. Puhach and his band performed a concert at EHU in 2011. In 2009, he joined the public campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus. Puhach lives in Minsk.




Jan Guardian (LLB, International Law, 2011) is the head of Ease of Access Project, an open-source accessibility map for disabled people. This web-based multimedia platform helps them find accessible services and locations. Jan also cofounded the A Contrario Project, an interactive online research platform specializing in international criminal law and justice, and worked as a translator for both the Human Rights House Foundation and the International Monetary Fund Resident Representative Office in Belarus (Minsk). At EHU, he actively participated in student life, international study visits, seminars, and competitions, including the Human Rights Summer School, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and the HuRiLab Social Innovations Competition, among others. Jan is also a singer and a composer. He lives in Minsk, Belarus.


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