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  1. 1. LITHUANIA Lecturer Violeta Urbaite v [email_address] Kaunas College , 2009 The presentation is designed to familiarize with the important tourism destinations of Lithuania. Moreover, one will be introduced Kaunas College.
  2. 2. <ul><li>The basic facts about Lithuania </li></ul><ul><li>The most important destinations </li></ul><ul><li>“ Welcome to Kaunas ”–at College! </li></ul><ul><li>“ Fligt over Lithuania” - a V ideo ! </li></ul>The presentation plan :
  3. 3. The basic facts about Lithuania : <ul><li>Lithuania is located at the W estern end of the East European Plain, on the shores of the Baltic Sea . </li></ul><ul><li>In the N orth it borders with Latvia; in the E ast and S outh with Belorussia; in the S outhwest with Poland and with the Kaliningrad district of the Russian Federation . </li></ul><ul><li>The state flag of the Republic of Lithuania is cloth consisting of three horizontal stripes. The colors in the flag symbolize the following: Yellow – the sun, wealth, bravery and honesty; Green – beautiful nature, lakes, meadow s , life and hope; Red – the blood for the m otherland. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Total Lithuania’s population is 3.43 million people. </li></ul><ul><li>In all, 83 . 5% of the population are ethnic Lithuanians. The most numerous ethnic groups are Polish (6.7%) and Russians (6.3% of the total population). At present about one million Lithuanians live abroad. The biggest communit ies are in the USA , Great Britain, Ireland. </li></ul><ul><li>The s tate language is Lithuanian. It belong s to the Baltic group of Indo-European languages. The history of the written language starts in the middle of the 16th century . </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>There are four main regions in Lithuania, commonly called ethnographic regions: Auk s taitija, Dz u kija, Suvalkija, Z emaitija . </li></ul><ul><li>The climate is part ly continental. The prevailing W estern winds bring warm humid air from the Baltic Sea. The average annual temperature is +6 . 2 ˚ C. In summer +18 ˚ C, in winter-6 ˚ C . </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Lithuania covers 65 300 square km; the country landscape is diverse, consisting of gently rolling plains and extensive forests which cover about 32% of teritory . The highest point is 293 . 8 m etre Aukstojo h ill . </li></ul><ul><li>There are over 4 000 lakes and 758 rivers. The largest river is the Nemunas – 937 km long. </li></ul>- 2 -
  7. 7. Do you know that? According to the French National Geographical Institute, the center of Europe lies at 51 ˚ 51’N and 25 ˚1 9’ E: that is, about 20 km N orth of Vilnius. This point is marked by a special stone.
  8. 9. S tatistic data of t he tourism in Lithuania : Inbound visitors to Lithuania, 2007 ( Increase d by 18.6% compared to 2006) Germany 17% Poland 15.4% Belorussia 11.7% Russia 10 . 2% Latvia 5.7% UK 3.7% Finland 3 . 2% Estonia 3 . 2% France 2.8% Italy 2.8% other countres 24 . 3 % The results are based on accommodation data in Lithuania.
  9. 10. Visiting some important destinations The capital of Lithuania – Vilnius Lithuania’s port - Klaipeda Gr uto park The Hill of Crosses ” Welcome to Kaunas ”– a t College! Health Resorts in Lithuania
  10. 11. <ul><li>The capital of the Republic of Lithuania is VILNIUS. Naturally, it is the largest city in the country: according to 2001 data, the population of Vilnius is 600 000 . </li></ul>Vilnius <ul><li>Although the site of the city was probably settled earlier, the traditional founding date of Vilnius is set at 1323, when Grand Duke Gediminas chose it as the capital of the principality of Lithuania . </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>The city's university, founded in 1579 as a Jesuit academy, is the oldest in Lithuania. The old section of the city contains the ruins of a 14th-century castle and numerous churches dating from the 16th and 17th centuries </li></ul>
  12. 13. Do you know that? Dressed up Vilnius’ TV towel was recorded as the highest Christmas tree in the Guinness record book! 326.7m.
  13. 14. Do you know that? In 2009 Lithuania is celebrating 1000 aniversary of statehood. <ul><li>In 1009 Lithuania was mentioned in written documents for the first time. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2009 Vilnius is the capital of Europe culture. </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Shipbuilding in Klaipeda began in the 16th century . </li></ul><ul><li>There is a complex of museums consisting of: Maritime Museum and Aquarium (located in the 19th century Kopgalis fort); Curonian Spit Nature Museum; Dolphinarium . </li></ul>Klaip eda
  15. 16. Kursiu Nerija National Park <ul><li>The National Park (Curonian Spit) was formally established only in 1991, although its delicate landscape was protected from human exploitation in the pre-war period . </li></ul><ul><li>In the year 2000 UNESCO declared the Curonian Spit a World Heritage Site . </li></ul><ul><li>The biggest settlements are Nida, Juodkrante, Preila and Pervalka . </li></ul>
  16. 17. Health Resorts in Lithuania Druskininkai Birstonas Palanga Likenai The best - known The biggest The quietest The smallest
  17. 18. The Exposition of Soviet Sculptures  in Gr u tas Park <ul><ul><li>In 1999, demonstrated soviet time sculptures from Lithuanian cities were brought to Grutas (Druskininkai, South Lithuania). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The number of ideological sculptures in one exposition is very rare and unique even in world context. It is heritage of several decades of Lithuanian monumental art, despite it's ideological content. These symbols of Lithuanian nation tragical time period enclose truth about soviet occupation times . </li></ul>
  18. 19. The Hill of Crosses <ul><li>The Hill of Crosses located 12 kilometers N orth of the small industrial city of S iauliai is the Lithuanian national pilgrimage center. Standing upon a small hill are many hundreds of thousands of crosses that represent Christian devotion and a memorial to Lithuanian national identity . </li></ul><ul><li>Pope John Paul II visited the Hill of Crosses in September of 1993 . </li></ul>
  19. 20. Welcome to Kaunas At KAUNAS COLLEGE
  20. 21. The main facts <ul><li>After the Higher Education Law has come into force in Lithuania in year 2000, the binary system of higher education has been introduced. </li></ul><ul><li>According to it the non-university higher education institution- Kaunas College- was established incorporating 7 former higher professional schools. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 8 2 00 students and 621 teachers at present; </li></ul><ul><li>Studies are organized in 8 academic divisions </li></ul><ul><li>Studies oriented towards PRACTICAL ACTIVITY ; </li></ul><ul><li>Studies last from 3 to 4 years (120 national credits, </li></ul><ul><li>180 ECTS) ; </li></ul><ul><li>Graduates obtain PROFESSIONAL BACHELOR degree; </li></ul><ul><li>Provide higher professional education in the areas of s ocial s ciences, health care, social work, t echnologies, h umanities and arts who would meet social and economic requirements of Kaunas region and the state; </li></ul>
  21. 22. Study programs Kaunas college is currently providing 42 study programs in 5 study areas :
  22. 23. Institutional accreditation <ul><li>Kaunas College was accredited and the p ermanent status was received in March, 2005 ; </li></ul>
  23. 24. Applied research <ul><li>Kaunas college has set priority directions of applied scientific research; </li></ul><ul><li>T he Centre of Applied Scientific Reasearch has been established, The </li></ul><ul><li>Board of Scientific Reserach has been organized and the Order of The </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsorhip of Scientific Research has been formulated. </li></ul><ul><li>RESEARCH PRIORITIES : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technological research ; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Labour market research ; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Educational research . </li></ul></ul></ul>
  24. 25. There are 8 263 students at Kaunas college: Number of students at faculties
  25. 26. Faculty of Business Management <ul><li>Business Management </li></ul><ul><li>Trade Management </li></ul><ul><li>Food I ndustry M anagement </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism and Hotel Management </li></ul><ul><li>(in Kaunas and Druskininkai) </li></ul>
  26. 27. Tourism and Hotel Management study program <ul><li>Is implemented in Tourism and Hotel Management Department, Business Management Faculty of Kaunas College. </li></ul><ul><li>The students have a possibility to study in Kaunas and </li></ul><ul><li>Druskininkai (the spa resort city) where Kaunas College has it’s branch. </li></ul>
  27. 28. Tourism and Hotel Management <ul><li>The program was started in 1993. </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism and Hotel Management higher education study program was implemented in Kaunas College in 2000. </li></ul>
  28. 29. Tourism and Hotel Management study program <ul><li>T here are 2 specializations: </li></ul><ul><li>- Tourism Management </li></ul><ul><li>- Hotel Management. </li></ul><ul><li>Graduates obtain PROFESSIONAL BACHELOR degree in the Tourism and Hotel Management </li></ul><ul><li>Graduates acquire skills to work as hotel managers, travel operators , travel agents and guides in tour companies and travel agencies, in tourism information centres, airline companies, etc </li></ul>
  29. 30. Tourism and Hotel Management study program <ul><li>Number of students – 485 </li></ul><ul><li>Full time students – 296 ( 99 students in Druskininkai) </li></ul><ul><li>Part time students – 189 </li></ul>
  30. 31. Structure of Study Program 100 180 Total: 5 9 Final work 16,7 30 Professional internships 8,3 15 Subjects of Professional Specialization 45 81 Subjects for Acquisition of Professional Qualification 25 45 General subjects % Number of ECTS credits Tourism and Hotel Management
  31. 32. <ul><li>Students acquire and develop professional competencies during their studies and traineeships; </li></ul><ul><li>by studying abroad under Erasmus program; </li></ul><ul><li>by accomplishing traineeship abroad according to bilateral agreements in summer; </li></ul><ul><li>by participating and giving presentations in conferences, </li></ul><ul><li>by working in the exhibitions: e.g., STUDIES 2008, VIVATTUR’08, </li></ul><ul><li>by organizing and participating in various events: Competition of Young Entrepreneurs, Events for the World Tourism Day, conferences, etc. </li></ul>Development of student competence
  32. 33. Cooperation with Social Partners <ul><li>Membership in Lithuanian Tourism Association; </li></ul><ul><li>Membership in Lithuanian Hotel and Restaurant Association; </li></ul><ul><li>Membership in Kaunas Chamber of Industry, Commerce and Crafts. </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous cooperation with other higher education institutions and universities in Lithuania and abroad, business enterprises and municipalities (Kaunas, Kelmė, Druskininkai). </li></ul>
  33. 34. International Relations <ul><li>Kaunas college actively cooperates with more than 100 partner institutions ( 70 - under Socrates/Erasmus program) from EU countries, Turkey, Canada, Belarus, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russian Federation , etc. </li></ul><ul><li>College actively participates in 28 international projects under various international programs (EU Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates/Erasmus, MInerva, Grundtvig, Comenius). </li></ul><ul><li>Each year more than 100 College students s pend their study period (3-9 months) in one of College i nternational partners’ higher education institutions or business e nterprise. </li></ul><ul><li>The number of incoming students is growing every year. At present there are 20 students from 4 countries studing under Erasmus program at the college. </li></ul>
  34. 36. International cooperation <ul><li>Kaunas College is the member of : </li></ul><ul><li>European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE), </li></ul><ul><li>European Association for International Education (EAIE), </li></ul><ul><li>a Network for the Development of Business Education Programmes (Businet), </li></ul><ul><li>Baltic Sea Sustainable Development Network , </li></ul><ul><li>European Association of ERASMUS Coordinators (EAEC) </li></ul><ul><li>European Association of Farmacy Faculties , </li></ul><ul><li>New Youth Monitoring Program to Highlight European Abilities (NYMPHEA). </li></ul>
  35. 37. Contacts <ul><li>Department of International Relations K aunas College Pramones pr. 20 LT-50468 Kaunas Lithuania E-mail: [email_address] [email_address] [email_address] </li></ul>
  36. 38. Thank You for Your attention