Vytautas Magnus University

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Vytautas Magnus University

In February 1922, the Lithuanian Government decided to establish the University of Lithuania in Kaunas. On June 7, 1930, the university was named Vytautas Magnus University. The university was closed during the Soviet occupation. The act of re-establishing Vytautas Magnus University was proclaimed on April 28, 1989. During the university’s first decade the number of students and teachers grew more than twenty times. It has become the centre for academic work in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Political Science and Law, Fine Arts and Theology. Modern curricula have been expanded in all faculties. In 2004 the university’s enrolment was more than 9000 students: approximately 6749 in Bachelor studies, over 1910 in Master studies and 216 in Doctoral studies. Vytautas Magnus University is one of the universities having the biggest number of doctoral degree students in Lithuania. Teachers and researchers working in the university constituted 388 full-time positions; among them were 64 professors and 218 associate professors. There are also a number of foreign professors visiting the university and giving special courses to Master degree students mainly.

Vytautas Magnus University offers courses mostly conducted in Lithuanian language, though every semester there are some courses being prepared and delivered in English, French or German languages. A programme for Baltic Studies, initiated at the university in 1998, proposes various courses in English mostly for the foreign students.

Vytautas Magnus University has international contacts in the programmes of Tempus, Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Phare, Culture 2000, 5th and 6th Framework generally at the level of departments or institutes, as well as between individual lecturers and their colleagues abroad. One of the most important international mobility programme in Lithuanian higher education institutions and consequently at VMU is Socrates /Erasmus programme.