The Vilnius University (VU), the largest Lithuanian scientific institution, has deservedly earned the status of a leader in science and research in Lithuania. European university traditions, academic freedom and diversity of opinions, the ability to deal with new challenges in the constantly changing world, and social responsibility are the fundamental values of the University. Established in 1579, the University comprises 12 faculties, 7 institutes, 2 university hospitals, 4 interfaculty centres of study and research, the oldest library in Lithuania (which includes a modern scientific communication and information centre, an astronomical observatory, a botanical garden, and the Church of the St. Johns. The student body of the University includes >21,000 students. Year after year listed by QS World University Rankings among the top four per cent of the best universities in the world, VU attracts the best and most talented secondary school graduates of the country. The studies that are offered by the University are based on international level research. The university’s staff is involved in many national and international initiatives that are geared towards implementation of the Bologna Process and meet the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, while the quality issues of various activities are in the forefront of the institution’s strategy. Over 160 bilateral cooperation agreements and 836 Erasmus+ cooperation agreements have been signed to enhance academic exchange and international collaboration and partnership in research and education. More than 700 exchange students from all over the world have been hosted and more than 766 students have been accepted for degree studies in the 2018-2019 academic year at Vilnius University. In terms of Erasmus + exchanges, the university has the biggest number of incoming and outgoing students in Lithuania. Active and qualitative participation in Erasmus Mundus Action2 enabled VU to extend international academic cooperation beyond the EU and to continue it under the Erasmus + ICM programme. An increasing number of degree programs in English enables VU to offer studies in medicine, and dentistry, business and languages, IT, mathematics and financial mathematics, and the other study programs. Through international engagement, VU enhances the accumulation of the comprehensive knowledge for high quality education, spreading internationalization within the University, and seeks to strengthen the University’s academic reputation.
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