Campus Europae Representatives Discussed New Initiatives at VMU
On February 7-8, representatives of the Campus Europae (CE) secretariat and universities of Luxembourg, Aveiro, Hamburg, Eastern Finland, Saint Petersburg, Alcala and Vienna gathered together at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), where they discussed the questions of students’ mobility, network development and other issues.
The main organizer of the event was Prof. Margarita Teresevičienė, who detailed the benefit of the Teacher Training Subject Committee meetings: discussions about mobility of the educology students, network development, foreign language learning and courses’ equivalences. Representatives from the secretariat of the Campus Europae network also met CE Vice-President Assoc. Prof. Vaidotas Viliūnas, Vice-Rector for Public Communication Prof. Auksė Balčytienė, President of Student Council Donatas Juodpusis, National Representative of ESN Orinta Movsesjan and Director of VMU International Office Zina Baltrėnienė. They reviewed the progress of VMU activities in the network and launched new Campus Europae initiatives.
The academic network Campus Europae has been established in 2001. Currently it consists of 19 member universities from around the world. Vytautas Magnus University has joined the network in 2003 and has become a partner of 11 universities since then. Six of the VMU faculties are actively participating in the network: Economics and Management, Social Sciences, Humanities, Political Science and Diplomacy, Law and Informatics.
Universities of Campus Europae are united by common goals defined by the network: promotion of collaborative activities among the universities in the areas of science and studies, facilitation of students’ mobility, encouragement to learn foreign languages and discover different cultures. The length of Campus Europae studies varies from one to two academic years. Members of the Students’ Council at each of the CE member universities are responsible for students’ social integration and newly started foreign language learning. Campus Europae students are awarded certificates (for one completed academic year) and diplomas (for two completed academic years).
On February 1-18, Vytautas Magnus University is holding a competition offering Lithuanian students a chance to study at one of the Campus Europae universities abroad in 2011-2012.