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Facts and Figures
- The university uses computer-assisted language learning lab SANAKO LAB 300.
- Disabled-friendly studying environment: university spaces are adapted for use by people with disabilities.
- 95% of VMU locations are free Wi-Fi zones.
- The university has 9 dormitories in Kaunas, Vilnius and Akademija.
VMU Academic Subdivisions
- Studies are organized by 10 faculties:
- Catholic Theology
- Economics and Management
- Music Academy
- Natural Sciences
- Political Science and Diplomacy
- Social Sciences
- and 2 academies:
- Agriculture Academy
- Education Academy
- About 10,000 BA and MA degree students
- More than 700 scholars and researchers
- Over 35,000 graduates (since 1989).
- 60 BA programmes
- 76 MA programmes
- 16 bachelor degree programmes, 28 master degree programmes and over 500 courses in English
- Integrated Law Studies
- 16 postgraduate programmes
- Complementary studies for college graduates
- Doctoral studies in 23 science fields.
- VMU is the leading Baltic university in internationalisation of academic staff (QS Rankings)
- Full member of the European University Association (EUA)
- Member of the European Association for International Education (EAIE)
- Member of the Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN)
- Member of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), etc.
Collaborations and International Studies
- Over 200 bilateral cooperation agreements with universities in 42 countries
- Over 330 Erasmus+ partners from 50 countries
- Over 400 VMU students and 170 staff participate in exchange programmes each year
- 30 (number depends on semester) intensive foreign language courses
- VMU is a member of many international associations such as EUA, EAIE, ECOLAS, EUF, EDEN, AABS, BSRUN, GreenLight, garagErasmus, European Language Council (CEL/ELC)
History and Mission
The history of Vytautas Magnus University is traced back to 1922, when the Program of Higher Studies was reorganized and a new school was founded under the name of the University of Lithuania.
When Lithuania lost its historical capital Vilnius in 1919, it fell upon the second-largest city Kaunas to serve as the provisional capital and the country’s political, economic and cultural centre for the next twenty years. Likewise, this university was the only higher education school in Lithuania at the time and became a vitally important breeding ground for cultural, scientific and modern national ideas. When the 500th death anniversary of ancient Lithuania’s most popular leader Grand Duke Vytautas Magnus (Vytautas the Great) was commemorated in 1930, the University of Lithuania was renamed to honour his name and occasion.
In 1950, the university was shut down by the Soviet government, but its academic tradition was kept alive by the emigrants for many years until restoration of independence. In 1989, the university was re-established in a collective effort of Lithuanian and emigrant scientists. At the time, it was the first autonomous school of higher education in the country.
VMU is actively implementing the goals set by local and foreign intellectuals who founded the university. Learn more
The primary mission of Alma Mater is to uphold humanist culture, avoiding limitations of narrow, highly specialized studies, and remain the hotbed for intellectual sophistication and civil consciousness.
VMU is a community-oriented institution of science and studies which provides liberal conditions of education, develops partnerships, actively participates in the city life and contributes to the development of culture and science worldwide.
Re-established in 1989, Vytautas Magnus University has shown that it always aims to serve the nation and be open to the world. Thus, following these principles of freedom, independence and openness, the university is a place where students become independent creative thinkers. Learn more
A list of contacts of university divisions and faculties can be found here.