Comprehensive University

Coping with complexity – equally applicable to science, entrepreneurship, or the public sphere

  • Multifaceted and competent in different fields
  • An inspirer igniting passion and self-discovery
  • Visionary, innovative, open-minded and free-spirited
  • Understanding the historical and social context of our complex and rapidly changing world.

Ranked among the TOP 800 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings) and following in the tradition of its 96-year-old progenitor University of Lithuania, Vytautas Magnus University is one of the few in the region where a wide liberal arts education is imparted.

Mission and vision

VMU is oriented towards humanist culture. Broadly themed subjects ensure that the studies offered are not narrow or restricted to specialty subjects. The university strives to remain the hotbed for intellectual sophistication and civil consciousness, rigidly adhere to its set of values and actively participate in the life of universities around the world.

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Our approach to liberal arts education

VMU is known for offering wide-spanning general university education and not just awarding the graduates with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees but also raising active members of the society able to think independently and creatively. Many VMU alumni do not shy away from learning and improving for all of their lives. The university follows liberal study policy, which lets students themselves plan their studies, decided when and what subjects to take, they also have the possibility to move from one study programme to another and change the form of studies. Alongside a Bachelor’s degree diploma of their major specialty, VMU graduates can also get a certificate of minor studies and later apply for Master’s degree programme of another study field.

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Since our reestablishment, learning from the experience of Western universities has been key to the development of VMU. Following the example of universities such as Harvard and Yale, we have implemented a more modern approach to studies, affording students the freedom to explore and design their own personalised path of study.

Education 360°

VMU has a reputation as a university with a globally oriented, free-spirited, liberal mindset. The time spent at VMU is a formative step in the lives of our students, facilitating not only career opportunities but also personal growth, strength of character and a sense of self-fulfilment. Studying at VMU means obtaining an all-round education conveying core competencies and abilities such as a broader understanding of global issues and society, the capacity for problem analysis and critical thinking, a spirit of inquisitiveness enabling one to adapt to new knowledge and promoting an attitude of lifelong learning, all of which empower one to make informed judgements as an individual and act confidently as a leader.

The 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 which never interfere with the specialty subjects.

As a reflection of global academic trends, more and more lectures (seperate courses and even whole study programmes) are taught in English, many of them by professors from abroad.

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Research

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 prompting the dynamic formation of new research priorities and facilitating ongoing improvements in research performance both at a national and an international level. 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.

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A Globally Oriented University

VMU works with many universities and scientists around the globe, implementing projects, student and employee exchanges, and improving our study and research system. It is an international and multilingual institution that continuously develops international networks and intercultural dialogues, participates in international scientific, academic and social projects, encourages lecturer and student mobility, and promotes dialogue and tolerance. VMU avoids restrictions posed by political, ideological and economic interests, treating everyone with respect and appreciation and providing the opportunity to attend courses of 30 modern and classic languages.

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