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Vilnius university

  1. 1. Welcome to Vilnius University
  2. 2. Vilnius University Established in 1579 <ul><li>The oldest and largest Lithuanian higher education institution is an active participant in international scientific and academic activities. IMI is incorporated in VU just 2010 . </li></ul>Vilnius University
  3. 3. <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><li>To maintain freedom of thought and diversity of opinions </li></ul><ul><li>To develop a unity of research and studies </li></ul><ul><li>To conduct a broad spectrum of fundamental and applied research </li></ul><ul><li>To persue international excellence in the interdisciplinary research </li></ul>Vilnius University
  4. 4. Short History of Vilnius University <ul><li>1570: a Jesuit college is established in the city of Vilnius. </li></ul><ul><li>1579: On April 1, King Stephen Bathory issues a charter, proclaiming the transformation of the college into an establishment of higher education. On October 30, Pope Gregory XIII issues a papal bull confirming the transformation. </li></ul><ul><li>1641: The Faculty of Law is established. </li></ul><ul><li>1753: The Astronomical Observatory is set up. </li></ul><ul><li>1773: The Jesuit Order is dissolved in Europe and the University is put under the secular authority. </li></ul><ul><li>1781: the Faculty of Medicine is founded. </li></ul><ul><li>1803: The University is named Imperial. </li></ul><ul><li>1832: The University is closed down by order of tsar Nicholas I. </li></ul><ul><li>1919: The University reopens and is soon taken over by the Polish government after the annexation of the Vilnius region by Poland. </li></ul><ul><li>1939: The University is brought back under the control of Lithuania. </li></ul><ul><li>1940: The University is reorganised according to the model of higher schools of the Soviet Union. </li></ul><ul><li>1943: On March 17 the University is closed down by the Nazis. </li></ul><ul><li>1944: In autumn the University resumes its work. </li></ul><ul><li>1979: The 400th anniversary of the University is celebrated. </li></ul><ul><li>1990: Lithuania having restored its independence, the University regains autonomy and its statute is adopted. </li></ul>Vilnius University
  5. 5. Vilnius University Today <ul><li>2010 IMI was joined to VU . Currently, the U niversity has 12 faculties, 9 institutes, 3 university hospitals, the oldest Library in Lithuania (established 1570), Astronomical Observatory, B otanical G arden, St Johns’ Church. </li></ul>Vilnius University
  6. 6. University C ampuses <ul><li>There are five academic campuses, scattered all over the city of Vilnius </li></ul><ul><li>The Faculty of Humanities in Kaunas is the only faculty of Vilnius University established in a different city other than the main campuses </li></ul><ul><li>The Old Campus extends over a whole block of the Old Town. At present the Rector’s Office, the Library, the Institute of Foreign Languages, the Faculties of Philology, Philosophy and History, as well as some interdisciplinary centres are situated in the old town. </li></ul>Vilnius University
  7. 7. Personnel (200 9 - 01 -01) Statistics (full-time equivalent) <ul><li>Total 2 941 Proffessors 197 </li></ul><ul><li>Docents 545 </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Staff 1 309 </li></ul><ul><li>Research Fellows 219 </li></ul><ul><li>Student Numbers (2009-01-01) </li></ul><ul><li>Total 22 588 </li></ul><ul><li>Women 15 281 </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate 18 163 </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate 4 425 </li></ul><ul><li>Doctoral Students 710 </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Doctors in Residency 612 </li></ul>Vilnius University
  8. 8. Studies at Vilnius University Vilnius University
  9. 9. International Cooperation <ul><li>Bilateral Agreements – 101 (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Erasmus Agreements – 428 (2008) with 264 universities </li></ul><ul><li>European educational programmes: </li></ul><ul><li>Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, </li></ul><ul><li>Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window. </li></ul><ul><li>Networks: </li></ul><ul><li>12 Thematic networks under ERASMUS </li></ul><ul><li>UTRECHT ; MAUI, AEN; </li></ul><ul><li>BSRUN </li></ul><ul><li>CREPUQ </li></ul><ul><li>UNICA </li></ul><ul><li>Member of EUA, IAU </li></ul><ul><li>Signatory of Magna Carta </li></ul>Vilnius University
  10. 10. Studies in Foreign Languages <ul><li>2007/2008: 314 courses in English, German, French, Russian </li></ul><ul><li>2008/2009: 404 courses </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>A vailable for international and Lithuanian students </li></ul><ul><li>Master programmes in English: </li></ul><ul><li>International Business Economics and Management </li></ul><ul><li>Eastern and Central European Studies </li></ul><ul><li>War and Peace Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Internation Tourism Management </li></ul><ul><li>English Studies (Literature, Linguistics, Culture) </li></ul><ul><li>Erasmus Mundus Master Course: </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Regional Health Systems </li></ul>Vilnius University
  11. 11. Research <ul><li>Vilnius University has over 1,508 teaching and research staff (72 percent holding scientific degrees). </li></ul>Vilnius University Social Sciences 20% Biomedical Sciences 25% Physical and Technological Sciences 25% Humanities 30%
  12. 12. Research Priorities and Acknowledged Achievements <ul><li>Biochemistry, Genomics and Biotechnology </li></ul><ul><li>Laser Physics and Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Physics of Semiconductors and Non-crystalline Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Baltic Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Research on History, Philosophy, Book Science of Lithuania, Lithuanian language and Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Cardiovascular system reconstruction and development of new treatment methods </li></ul>Vilnius University
  13. 13. New Focus Areas of Research <ul><li>New functional materials, structures and technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Lithuanian studies and their development in terms of globalisation </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Economy Development and Establishment of Knowledge Society in Lithuania </li></ul><ul><li>Human Organs Reconstruction and Development of Treatment Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Research on Bioactive Materials </li></ul>Vilnius University
  14. 14. Internationalisation of Research at Vilnius University <ul><li>I ncreas ed engage ment in international research projects ( F P , COST, EUREKA, CERN, NATO, VISBY, Public Health, AsiaLink, AGIS, Interreg IIIB, Daphne II, etc.) . </li></ul><ul><li>Participation in FP6 : 30 projects </li></ul><ul><li>Participation in FP7 (since 2008 June): 8 projects already started </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome of participation in international programmes - two centres of excellence already established and one to be established. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased number of research contracts with companies from Europe, USA and Japan </li></ul><ul><li>VU is one of 500 best rated in the world universities 2010 </li></ul>Vilnius University
  15. 15. Scientific P ublications <ul><li>Annually, University researchers publish: </li></ul><ul><li>~ 30 monographs; </li></ul><ul><li>20-30 textbooks and teaching manuals; </li></ul><ul><li>over 1500 articles in national, interna- </li></ul><ul><li>tional or foreign research journals. </li></ul>Vilnius University