Research is at the heart of Vytautas Magnus university. The main strength of VMU in the area of research is its ability to be flexible in responding to the rapidly changing research area, the formation of new priorities, the emergence of relevant research topics, and the challenges of international and national programmes.
The priority activities in the area of research and art as laid out in VMU Statute are the following:
- to prepare researchers;
- to strengthen the impact of research and education on the progress of Lithuanian economy and culture and dissemination of a democratic and civil society;
- to develop scientific knowledge of various areas in a sustainable way;
- to perform high level research and experimental (social and cultural) development necessary for the national humanitarian, information and technological culture development and international research and economy cooperation;
- to join the common area of European research, to develop liaisons with the global academic community and disseminate the specificity of Lithuanian culture.
Competence of the researchers
University researchers and teachers are highly-qualified professionals whose competence has been recognised on national and international levels. This is evidenced by membership in the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, the Science Council of Lithuania, honorary titles awarded by foreign universities, memberships in international organisations (European University Association and others; in 2013 an application for the membership in the European Association of Conservatoires was submitted), in work as experts and in the commissions of various competitions. These acts enable the formation of expert groups and development of expert services in different fields of science. The achievements of university researchers have been also awarded with various prizes and scholarships.
One of the objectives of VMU Strategy is to rally groups of researchers in the priority fields of science and art by creating new and developing the existing science/arts clusters, promoting interdisciplinary, inter-field and inter-institutional research and artistic activities engaging young research fellows and artists.
VMU researchers are active participants in international and national research projects. During the last six years, university researchers have been implementing ten projects according to the EU’s 7th Framework Programme, and were active in preparing research proposals according to the programme (over 70 applications).
According to the number of projects funded by the Research Council of Lithuania (RCL hereinafter) VMU researchers conduct the most research in the national research programmes “The State and the Nation: Heritage and Identity” and “Future Energy”. Comparing to other Lithuanian universities VMU is in the third place by to the number of National Research Programme projects.
The organisation of doctoral studies aims at the preparation of young researchers who could sucessfully integrate into the national and international research environment and be able to work in inter-institutional and international research teams. VMU doctoral studies are carried out in 18 fields of science; the university is the leader in 15 doctoral consortiums and a participant in 3 more consortiums as a partner. For five years already doctoral studies have been inter-institutional. The highest number of Lithuanian and foreign partners (five) are in the areas of Economics and Management, Education Science and Biology.
VMU strength is its ability to involve young researchers in various scientific activities, creating favourable conditions for university doctoral students not only to deepen their theoretical and methodological knowledge of a particular field of science but also to conduct scientific research of international significance, to participate in international projects and traineeships abroad, to give lectures and seminars not only in this university but also in partner universities abroad. Since the reestablishment of the university, more than 600 young and perspective doctors of science have joined the ranks of Lithuanian and world researchers.
Fine Art areas have been developing rapidly since the Music Academy joined the university, VMU Theatre, Art Centre, and Gallery 101 were established; these opened new opportunities to expand and develop artistic and creative activities at the university.
At present, 24 research journals are published at VMU: 20 research journals are included in international databases, and 4 other reviewed research journals and selections of scientific papers.
In order to promote research and art, the university also publishes a series of exceptional books “Libri Universitatis Vytauti Magni”. Publications of this series are marked by “Acta Natura”, “Acta Humana” and “Acta Musica” labels. They present works of the most distinguished university researchers and creators, VMU honorary doctors and professors, and works performed by the most talented students of the VMU Music Academy.
Students’ research activities
The student research societies “Modusas”, „Agora“, „Signum“, and the academic club of Law students develop student research activities at the university. The students of these organisations contribute to the research performed at the university.
22 University faculty study and research centres, Multimedia Lab and over 50 other laboratories and computer classes, a Psychology Clinic, Art Gallery “101”, VMU Music Academy Chamber Orchestra, the VMU Theatre, and 6 University centres function to ensure favourable conditions for scientific research and studies.