Vytautas Magnus University Lithuania

Vytautas Magnus University Lithuania

Vytautas Magnus University has set itself the task of putting people and their personal dignity first, which entails recognition of their achievements and individuality; showing openness to, and toleration of, various cultures and worldviews; achieving leadership positions in research and teaching of the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and biomedicine; developing international networks and intercultural communications; fostering international studies in the Lithuanian language; becoming relevant to challenges facing world universities; and promoting innovative research and modern teaching.

The University is proud of its creative and enthusiastic community these are students and academics who feel free to communicate as equals, cooperate and not only share what they know but also generate new knowledge.

International or foreign students are offered 3 BA and 15 MA full time degree studies. Most of VMU’s faculties also offer hundreds of part time BA or MA level courses. More information about international studies at the university can be found on the website of the VMU International Office.

As of 2012, studies at VMU are offered by 9 faculties ( Arts, Catholic Theology, Economics and Management, Humanities, Informatics, Law, Natural Sciences, Political Science and Diplomacy, Social Sciences) and the Music Academy. Aside from the impressive 18 BA and MA full-time degree programs in English, together they offer over 90 degree programs, as well as integrated studies of law and postgraduate and doctoral programs.

VMU Facilities

Library

The VMU library aims to create and develop favorable informational environment for studies and research, granting effective high quality services to the members of the university community. The library collects, organizes and stores information resources in accordance to the profile of the university. The library organizes convenient and user friendly information infrastructure based on new technologies. VMU library contributes significantly to the development of its users’ information literacy and performs analysis of their needs, seeking to ensure successful results of their learning, research activities and vocational development.

The library also facilitates and promotes vocational development of library staff, increases employees’ competences and skills satisfying needs and expectations of the users. Some of the library activities include participation in projects and collaboration with various organizations.

The area of the library takes up 2680 sq. m., with the staff consisting of 48 members. All processes of library activities are automated integral library information system ALEPH 500 ( ExLibris, Israel; from 1996 to 1999 library system CICERO from Dantek, Denmark was used ) is operating here since 1999.

Information Resources

The library information resources are acquired according to the needs of the academic community, university study programs and research fields.

The library holds over 260 000 printed and other kinds of documents, about 15 000 – 20 000 of which are newly acquired every year. Over a half of the documents in the library are available at the open shelves in the reading rooms.

The university community has access to 43 licensed databases which provide over 60 000 electronic documents, comprised of ebooks and fulltext journals, etc.

Services

The library’s services are provided to more than 11 000 users in 3 lending departments and 11 reading rooms with 437 workplaces (71 of them computerised). Resources and services are provided not only in physical space, but in virtual environment too.

The electronic resources and services as a whole can be described as an electronic library, which comprises of library information system, electronic catalogs and databases created in its environment, information retrieval system, library website, licensed, trial and open access databases, digitalization of university students’ and researchers’ works, internet links sorted according to research and study fields, information literacy of the users, virtual exhibitions, usage of new information technologies, etc.
Participation

The library also participates in the activities of organizations, programs, projects. This helps to deal with the issues of maintenance and development of the library information system, apply information technologies, improve and expand library services, increase the tangibles of the library and acquire electronic resources at lower prices, improve the qualification of the employees, etc.

VMU Faculties

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Catholic Theology
  • Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Informatics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Music Academy

BA, MA, PhD Studies at VMU

After the re establishment of Vytautas Magnus University in 1989, it was the first university in Lithuania to introduce three levels of studies. After finishing them, one gains a BA or MA qualification or a Ph.D. degree. BA level studies last 4 or 5 years, during which students receive general university education and the professional preparation for a specific field; the graduates receive a BA degree.

Second level studies ( MA ) last for 1.5 or 2 years; their purpose is to deepen or expand the BA graduate’s competences in the chosen field. PhD degree is received after finishing the third level or doctoral studies.

In some cases students may also choose between full-time and part-time studies. The latter are more flexible, as their duration, the time for lectures and consultations, as well as the exam schedule are designed in such a way that the student can successfully combine studies at the university and professional activities.

Foreign students may either choose one of the 3 full-time Bachelor’s Degree or 15 full time Master’s Degree programs offered in English or enroll into part time courses of their choice, taught in English and available in most faculties.

Research

a. Research Priorities

The scientific policies of the last few decades have held science and scientific research to be linked to studies, business, industry and social development. These collaborative formations, devoted to solving scientific, technologic, political, social, business and other kinds of issues, are called clusters. Each of them organizes research according to distinct and diverse priorities, exploring a variety of subjects.

In most cases, scientific research at VMU is carried out by integrating studies and science, combining the workforces of several subdivisions and relying on project work. The clusters declare and present their activities to the public on the website of VMU and informational publications about the university. The subjects of budget work are also formed through the activities of the clusters.

b. Research Priorities Humanities

  • The Church’s Relations with the Government and Society in Lithuania
  • Czesław Miłosz and Lithuania: Theoretical and Applied Study Aspects
  • Research of the Multilingual Competence Development
  • Research Program of War Theory, Lithuanian Army History and War Heritage
  • Disintegration of Communism and Post-Communist Transformations
  • Research of the Identity of Lithuanian Art History and Cultural Heritage
  • Interdisciplinary Research of Lithuanian Cities
  • Connections Between Texts of Literature and Culture Processes
  • Research of Migration and the Diaspora
  • Applied Research of Intercultural Communication and Translation Problems
  • Research of Intercultural Art Exchange in Eastern and Central Europe : Global Contexts and Local Practices
  • Nation and Tradition in the Modern World: Ethnological Studies
  • Digital Research of Text and Voice, Development and Application of Resources and Technologies
  • Research of Human Relationships in Bioethics
  • Interdisciplinary Research of Social Minority Groups

c. Social Sciences

  • Psychosocial Functioning of an Individual and Psychological Posibilities of Its Improvement in Organizations and Institutions of Education and Health
  • Research of Multiculturalism and Language Change in the Context of Globalization
  • European Public Sphere : Politics, Communication, Discourse
  • Research of the Impact of Globalization on the Law
  • The Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning
  • Citizenship and Identity in Modern Society
  • Biomedicine and Physics
  • Biophysics for Bio nanotechnology and Biomedicine ( Biomedtech )
  • The Effect of Anthropogenic Environmental Changes and the Climate to Ecosystems
  • Harmonious Hybrid Energetics
  • Application of Innovation Technologies to the Research of Health Risks Raised by Climate Change and Environmental Pollution
  • Development of Instrumental Analysis Methods and their Application to Molecular Analysis of Biological Objects, Synthetic Products and the Environment
  • Analysis of Systems, Modelling, Management and Optimization
  • Methods of Safety, Reliability and Risk

d. PhD Studies

Vytautas Magnus University has a distinct advantage which is connected to its young, promising doctoral students. PhD studies at VMU open up unique possibilities for academic research and studies, which contribute to the development of a future generation of highly qualified specialists. Graduates of doctoral studies of VMU are capable of conducting independent scientific research and experimental ( social, cultural ) development, not to mention solving hot-button issues of Lithuanian, European and global science.

Students who are seeking a Ph.D degree at the university are provided highly favourable conditions at every step, including studies, improvement of theoretical and methodological knowledge of a particular scientific field at various seminars and doctoral schools, implementation of independent research, participation in international scientific projects or scholarship programmes abroad, giving lectures and seminars at VMU and its partner universities, etc.

PhD studies were launched at Vytautas Magnus University 4 years after its re – establishment in 1989. In the 16 years since then, the university has helped propel almost 400 young and promising Ph.D graduates into successful scientific careers in Lithuania and abroad.

After VMU was granted permission to provide PhD studies in 18 scientific fields in 2011, the education at this level went through a complete overhaul, leading to the establishment of joint and interinstitutional PhD studies. The best scientists of the country ( and, in some cases, from abroad ) were brought to work together in every field and the networks of Ph.D studies in various fields were created. This innovative model of doctoral studies enables consolidation of the best scientific potential, knowledge and experience of the participating institutions, utilisation of all of their resources and infrastructure. It has also helped solve questions of research quality more effectively, led to improved internal and external scientific criticisms, honesty and objectivity while avoiding duplicate topics and researches. Finally, the new model of PhD studies encourages joint coordination of various research projects and assures they are of the highest quality.

Contacts of VMU

Location : Vytautas Magnus, University,Daukanto 28,Kaunas Lt – 3000, Lithuania,
Contact No. : 011+370-7-222739, 011+370-7-203858,
Email : TRS@fc.vdu.lt,
Website : www.vdu.lt/en.