About Vytautas Magnus University(VMU)

Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), established in 1922 in the center of Europe, is one of the most modern and liberal academic institutions of higher education in Lithuania. VMU is a comprehensive university devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, research, arts and innovation, promoting democratic values, inclusion, openness and integration into the European alliances. It boasts an exciting history and plays a leading role in not just Lithuanian, but also the entire Baltic and European intellectual and cultural sphere.

The university offers the widest range of programs in the country and conducts research in the humanities, social, physical, biomedical, technological and agricultural sciences and the arts.

Ranked in QS World University Rankings 2018 as a leader in the country by its internationality, VMU is the only public higher education institution in Lithuania and one of the few in the region where a wide liberal arts education is imparted. This means that students can change and organize their schedule freely, minor in one field and major in another, travel abroad on international exchange and get ready for those trips by taking some of the available 30 foreign language courses. As a reflection of global academic trends, more and more lectures (separate courses and even whole study programmes) are taught in English, many of them by professors from abroad. It is an international and multilingual institution where the number of foreign lecturers constitutes at least 15% of all university lecturers and at least 15% of all students are from foreign countries.

Many of the research innovations at VMU are born at the confluence of disciplines. The main strength of research at VMU is our ability to respond to an increasingly globalised and competitive landscape by prompting the dynamic formation of new research priorities and facilitating ongoing improvements in research performance at both national and international levels. VMU is currently conducting about 100 projects in the fields of biotechnology, biophysics, technology law, education, sociology, philosophy, computational linguistics, language acquisition and bilingualism, creative industries, and others.

In 2019, VMU will become the second largest university in Lithuania, when Aleksandras Stulginskis University and the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences are integrated into it. Based on the two integrated universities, the VMU academies of agriculture and education will be established. This integration enables the university to develop fields such as innovative pedagogy and education science, bioeconomics, renewable and alternative energy, engineering and technological sciences, IT in agriculture, climate change research, and environmental sciences.

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