Origins of Vytautas Magnus University


The inception of Vytautas Magnus University coincided with the birth of Lithuanian statehood. Having declared the country’s political independence on February 16th in 1918, the key figures of Lithuanian enlightenment considered it a high priority task to establish a University of Lithuania. Four years later, the University of Lithuania was opened and remained the only Lithuanian school of higher education during the interwar period. Since its very first years, it remained a vitally important hotbed for cultural, scientific and modern national ideas. When the 500th anniversary of the death of Grand Duke Vytautas Magnus was commemorated in 1930, the University of Lithuania was renamed to honour his name and the occasion.

This video presents the connection between the personality of Grand Duke Vytautas Magnus and the values promoted in Vytautas Magnus University.

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