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Facts and Figures
- VMU is located in 17 buildings in various locations of Kaunas. The university also has representations in Vilnius and Washington D.C.
- VMU Library holds over 270,000 books and other publications and texts.
- 3 lending departments and 10 reading rooms with 465 workplaces are available.
- The university uses computer-assisted language learning lab SANAKO LAB 300.
- Disabled-friendly studying environment: university spaces are adapted for use by people with disabilities.
- 95% of VMU locations are free Wi-Fi zones.
- The university has 3 dormitories, which can accommodate more than 800 people.
- Studies are organized by 10 faculties:
- Catholic Theology
- Economics and Management
- Music Academy
- Natural Sciences
- Political Science and Diplomacy
- Social Sciences
- About 10,000 BA and MA degree students
- More than 550 scholars and researchers
- Over 24,000 graduates (since 1989).
- 51 BA programmes
- 58 MA programmes
- Integrated Legal Studies
- 16 postgraduate programmes
- Complementary studies for college graduates
- Doctoral studies in 18 scientific areas.
- In the QS World University Rankings 2012 / 2013, VMU was ranked among the top 700 universities of the world
- In the national context, VMU received the second best rating from the weekly magazine Veidas. The university was particularly successful in the following categories: variety of study programmes; research and art activities; activities by academic staff and alumni; students‘ opinion about the university
- Full member of the European University Association (EUA)
- Member of the European Association for International Education (EAIE)
- Member of the Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN)
- Member of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), etc.
COLLABORATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
- VMU collaborates with 312 universities around the world
- The university’s partners include 14 colleges and more than 60 schools and gymnasiums
- Member of Campus Europae network, which unites 19 universities
- 5 bachelor degree programmes, 22 master degree programmes and over 500 courses in English
- 30 (number depends on semester) intensive foreign language courses
- 250 LLP / Erasmus partners from 29 countries
- Every year, about 250 students and 150 employees of VMU participate in the LLP / Erasmus exchange programme, while the university welcomes about 300 incoming students from abroad
History and Mission
The history of Vytautas Magnus University is traced back to 1922, when the Program of Higher Studies was reorganized and a new school was founded under the name of the University of Lithuania.
When Lithuania lost its historical capital Vilnius in 1919, it fell upon the second-largest city Kaunas to serve as the provisional capital and the country’s political, economic and cultural centre for the next twenty years. Likewise, this university was the only higher education school in Lithuania at the time and became a vitally important breeding ground for cultural, scientific and modern national ideas. When the 500th death anniversary of ancient Lithuania’s most popular leader Grand Duke Vytautas Magnus (Vytautas the Great) was commemorated in 1930, the University of Lithuania was renamed to honour his name and occasion.
In 1950, the university was shut down by the Soviet government, but its academic tradition was kept alive by the emigrants for many years until restoration of independence. In 1989, the university was re-established in a collective effort of Lithuanian and emigrant scientists. At the time, it was the first autonomous school of higher education in the country.
VMU is actively implementing the goals set by local and foreign intellectuals who founded the university. Learn more
The primary mission of Alma Mater is to uphold humanist culture, avoiding limitations of narrow, highly specialized studies, and remain the hotbed for intellectual sophistication and civil consciousness.
VMU is a community-oriented institution of science and studies which provides liberal conditions of education, develops partnerships, actively participates in the city life and contributes to the development of culture and science worldwide.
Re-established in 1989, Vytautas Magnus University has shown that it always aims to serve the nation and be open to the world. Thus, following these principles of freedom, independence and openness, the university is a place where students become independent creative thinkers. Learn more
A list of contacts of university divisions and faculties can be found here.