VMU Senate Discussed Annual Report of 2010 and Approved New Activities

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In the meeting of the Vytautas Magnus University Senate on March 9, new members of the Senate were presented, Deans offered by the Rector were appointed, changes to the most important documents of the university were approved and the annual report of the university’s activities in 2010 was presented.

Indrė Sekevičienė, i.sekeviciene@vkt.vdu.lt
Martynas Gedvila, m.gedvila@vkt.vdu.lt

On the recommendation of the Vytautas Magnus University Rector Prof. Zigmas Lydeka, the Deans of the VMU Faculty of Catholic Theology and the Music Academy were approved. The former interim Dean of the Faculty of Catholic Theology, Assoc. Prof. Benas Ulevičius, has been appointed the Dean of the faculty, while Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saulius Gerulis has been appointed the Dean of the Music Academy, which has been established with the affirmation of the VMU Council in January. The Dean of the Music Academy, along with the art director and chief conductor of the Kaunas State Choir, Prof. Petras Bingelis, and the chief conductor of Kaunas State Musical Theatre, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Julius Geniušas, were presented during the Senate meeting as the newly appointed members of the Vytautas Magnus University Senate.

The annual report of the university’s activities in 2010 and the informational publication "Vytautas Magnus University 2010. To Kaunas, Lithuania and the World" (available in English and Lithuanian) were also presented in the meeting. Online version of the latter publication is also available on the English pages of the VMU website, in the "About VMU" section Information Publications and Books.

Commissions for the awarding of titles of VMU Honorary Professor and VMU Honorary Doctor were also established. The title of VMU Honorary Doctor is intended to be awarded to the researcher of emigrant literature, member of the VMU Senate and longtime Professor at the VMU Dept. of German and French Philology, Viktorija Skrupskelytė. Likewise, the title of VMU Honorary Doctor is to be awarded to Prof. Rein Raud, member of various educational and scientific institutions, councils and management in Estonia and abroad, recipient of highest national awards in Estonia, Lithuania and Belgium and member of the VMU Council, appointed by the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania.

Documents of regulations for three permanent committees of the Senate – on Studies, Research and Quality Control – were approved during the meeting of the VMU Senate, as well as the regulations of the Commission on Dispute Analysis, the documents of the assessment of VMU lecturers and research fellows and the organizational procedures for holding the positions of lecturers and researchers. The revisions of the VMU Academic Code of Ethics were discussed and approved; the Academic Code of Ethics (in Lithuanian) will be available for viewing on the VMU website, in the Lithuanian section Svarbiausi VDU dokumentai.

During the meeting, the Senate also approved the documents indicating the minimum qualification requirements for the VMU lecturers and research fellows working in the areas of biomedicine and physics, the humanities, social sciences and arts.

Aside from the aforementioned matters, the meeting of the Senate also devoted time to establishing the procedure for the payouts to the members of the VMU Council. According to the Law on Science and Studies of the Republic of Lithuania and the Statute of Vytautas Magnus University, for their involvement in the Council’s activities its members receive payment annually, at the end of each artificial year, in the form of one-time payout from the special funds of the university.   

New Master’s degree studies programme, Marketing and Sales (head of preparation of the programme – prof. A. Bakanauskas), was approved during the meeting. The programme seeks to prepare marketing specialists of highest qualification, able to engage in complex activities in the areas of marketing and sales. The programme is one of 8 Master’s degree study programmes at VMU available for studying in English (more information on the website of the VMU International Office). The VMU Senate also approved the regulations for the awarding of VMU scholarships – more details are to follow in the news section of the VMU website.

The next meetings of the VMU Senate are scheduled for May 4 and June 29.

More information on the regulations, laws and matters discussed during the meeting, as well as all important documents of the university can be found in the Lithuanian section of the website, on the page Svarbiausi VDU dokumentai. Some documents, such as the university’s strategic plan for 2007-2011, are available in English in the section Important Documents.

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