VMU Joined the United Nations Academic Impact

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Vytautas Magnus University has become a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). This initiative unites over 1000 higher education institutions in some 120 countries, which are working with the UN to promote global priorities, including peace, human rights and sustainable development.

His Excellency the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained that the initiative aims to generate a global movement of minds to promote a new culture of intellectual social responsibility. “By sharing ideas, across borders and disciplines, we can find solutions to the interconnected problems that cause so much suffering. Climate change is not just an environmental threat; it is closely tied to poverty. Poverty is not just about jobs, it is directly related to food security. Food security has an impact on health. Health affects generations of children. Children hold the key to our future. And education can lead to progress on all these fronts”, noted the UN Secretary-General.

The university was awarded official UNAI certificate signed by the Under-Secretary-General of the UN for Communications and Public Information Peter Launsky Tieffenthal. In a calendar year, each member is expected to carry out at least one activity in support of the UNAI and its ten main principles.

UNAI principles

  • Commitment to the United Nations Charter
  • Human rights
  • Educational opportunity for all
  • Higher education opportunity for every interested individual
  • Capacity-building in higher education systemsebėjimų ugdymas
  • Global citizenship
  • Peace and conflict resolution
  • Addressing poverty
  • Sustainability
  • The “unlearning” of intolerance.

In mid-November 2013, Vytautas Magnus University strengthened its relations with the United Nations: for the first time ever, the university and the Baltic region was visited by His Excellency the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was awarded the VMU Honorary Doctorate.

More information about UNAI

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