Research Overview

Innovations that are born at the confluence of disciplines

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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.

We have been engaged as a partner and coordinator in various Horizon 2020, Jean Monnet, COST, Erasmus+ and NordPlus programmes, as well as research projects within the Global Grant and Smart Specialisation programmes conducted by the National Research Council and the European Structural Fund.

On a national level, our research has received the highest evaluation scores among higher education institutions in Lithuania. We are a leading university in the fields of Humanities, Arts, Social and Biomedical Sciences.

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.

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.

Research areas

SOCIAL SCIENCES

  • Psychology
  • Education and innovation
  • Sociology
  • Demography
  • Political science
  • Public administration
  • Communication
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Creative Industries

HUMANITIES AND ARTS

  • History
  • Philosophy, phenomenology and social critique
  • Ethnology and cultural studies
  • Linguistics
  • Comparative literature
  • Arts
  • Theology

PHYSICAL SCIENCES

  • Informatics
  • Mathematics

NATURAL SCIENCES

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Neurotechnology
  • Environmental science and Ecology
  • Physics

Research priorities

Research at the university is performed by clusters, i.e. groups of researchers and research centres.

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.

The following are the main research themes or priority areas in which VMU has competitive advantages and actively fosters further development.

  1. Art History, Theory and Criticism
  2. Artificial Intelligence and Computational Linguistics
  3. Biotechnology and Biophysics
  4. Economics and Management
  5. Education
  6. Environment and Life
  7. History, Migration and Diaspora Studies
  8. International Relations and Politics
  9. Language Acquisition, Translation and Multilingualism
  10. Law and Ethics
  11. Personality and Social Behavior
  12. Risk and Reliability Analysis Methods
  13. Social Critique and Communication
  14. Societies and Cultures

Research projects

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.

Doctoral studies

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 eight years already doctoral studies have been inter-institutional.

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 700 young and perspective doctors of science have joined the ranks of Lithuanian and world researchers.

Fine Arts

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.

Publishing

At present, 18 research journals are published at VMU. 18 research journals are included in international databases. 4 journals are published together with other Lithuanian institutions.

Environment

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.

Research and Innovation Department

  • K. Donelaičio g. 52, Room 303, 44244 Kaunas
  • Phone +370 37 327 946, +370 37 209 815
  • E-mail mokslas@vdu.lt