New Academic Year Begins with Eventful Week


VMU is starting off the new academic year with the traditional week of introductory events dedicated to all first year students and the entire university community.

On 24 August – 1 September, VMU International Office is also holding the traditional annual Orientation Days for the incoming students. The program, as usual, includes entertaining and informative introductory events at the university. Here is a brief rundown of the week’s highlights.

Today, on 31 August, 6 p.m., philosopher, public intellectual, Professor Leonidas Donskis will hold a lecture entitled Is this the End of the Book? at the VMU Great Hall (28 S. Daukanto Str.). This will be the final event before the official celebration of the start of the new academic year on 1 September.

Tuesday 1 September is not only the day of festivities for the entire university, but also the first day of classes for BA degree students. The international students are welcome to join in the festive parade, which will start at 2.30 p.m. from the Monument to Vytautas the Great (96 Laisvės al.). The meeting point is outside the VMU International Office’s building (27 S. Daukanto g.) at 2.10 p.m. Please do not be late and take your country’s flag if you have it with you.

The final part of the celebration will begin at 3 p.m. in the VMU Great Hall (28 S. Daukanto g.): some of its most anticipated parts will be the VMU Rector’s greetings and the tasting of the big festive cake.

The introductory week began on 24 August. VMU lecturer Assoc. Prof. J. D. Mininger held a lecture in the lobby of VMU Great Hall (28 S. Daukanto g.) about Artes Liberales (Liberal Arts), the time-honoured type of education hailing from the Antiquity which is reflected in VMU’s study system.

On 26 August, cinema fans got to enjoy a movie night in the Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery (12 Nepriklausomybės a.): everyone gathered to watch The Gambler (Lošėjas)A major highlight of the introductory week was the VMU Introduction Party by VMU Students’ Representative Council on 27 August at the Gargaras club (101 Raudondvario plentas). On 28 August, 7 p.m., the community gathered to watch the friendly basketball game (EuroBasket 2015 preparation) between Lithuania and the Netherlands.

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