Structure and Management of VMU
Vytautas Magnus University is managed by two collegial bodies, the Council and the Senate, and the separate managerial body of the Rector. The Rector’s advisory institution is the Rector’s Council.
The Council is a collegial management body which affirms the university’s vision and mission, and the strategy presented by the Rector. It is also concerned with discussions and approval of the restructuring plans proposed by the Rector, the determination of the procedure of the Rector’s public election, the election, appointment and removal of the Rector. The Council handles the procedure of management, utilisation and disposal of university funds (including staff salaries) and property, etc. The VMU Council is elected for a five-year term and consists of eleven members.
The Senate is a collegial body managing academic affairs of the University. Its members, 45 to 60 scientists, recognised artists and students, are selected every five years. The current Senate consists of 55 scientists and students.
The Rector is the highest academic official of VMU who heads the university, functions in its name and represents it. He is elected in a public competition for a five year term and serves no more than two terms in a row. The Rector is elected, assigned and removed from office by the University Council. The Rector’s responsibilities include ensuring that university’s activities are in accordance with the law, the university statute and other legal acts. He also issues orders, supports employees and students, oversees financial activities of the university, proper handling, use and disposition of its properties, takes care of the level of the higher education, scientific research and cultural activities at the university, etc. On 2015 the Council has elected prof. Juozas Augutis as the Rector.
The Rector’s Council is the Rector’s advisory institution, which consists of the Rector, vice rectors, faculty deans and heads of academic divisions with equal status, the President of the Students’ Representative Council and heads of other academic divisions appointed by the Rector. The Rector’s Council prepares university development perspective plans, discusses issues of studies, science and the economy, prepares the university’s annual report, pedagogical workload and other norms, coordinates and manages work of faculties and other autonomous bodies, coordinates the university’s relations with institutions of research, studies, business, industry and other kinds in Lithuania and abroad, etc. The Secretariat of the Rector’s Council helps the office organize its activities.
The list of all members of the Rector’s Council is available here.
- 12 academic divisions: 10 faculties, VMU Botanical Garden, Institute of Foreign Languages and Innovative Studies Institute
- departments and other subdivisions
- Students’ Representative Council
- 7 public enterprises founded by VMU
- 17 buildings in Kaunas
- 3 representative offices in Vilnius (Lithuania), Kharkov (Ukraine) and Washington D.C. (USA).