In February 1922, the Lithuanian Government decided to establish the University of Lithuania in Kaunas. On June 7, 1930, the university was named Vytautas Magnus University. The university was closed during the Soviet occupation. The act of re-establishing Vytautas Magnus University was proclaimed on April 28, 1989. During the university’s first decade the number of students and teachers grew more than twenty times. It has become the centre for academic work in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Political Science and Law, Fine Arts and Theology. Modern curricula have been expanded in all faculties. In 2001 the university’s enrolment was more than 6000 students: approximately 4400 in Bachelor studies, over 1400 in Master studies and 200 in Doctoral studies. Vytautas Magnus University is one of the universities having the biggest number of doctoral degree students in Lithuania. Teachers and researchers working in the university constituted 275 full-time positions; among them were 40 professors and 110 associate professors. There are also a number of foreign professors visiting the university and giving special courses to Master degree students mainly.
Vytautas Magnus University offers courses mostly conducted in Lithuanian language but every semester there are some courses taught in English, French and German. A programme of Baltic studies, initiated at the university in 1998, proposes courses in English for foreign students mostly.
Vytautas Magnus University has international contacts in the framework of Tempus, Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Phare, Culture 2000, 5TH FP especially at departmental and institute level, also between individual lecturers and their colleagues abroad. One of the most important international programmes in higher education in Lithuania and also at VMU is Socrates /Erasmus.
Center for Quality Assurance of Studies and Research carries out research, counseling and educational activities, participate in national and international projects related to educational quality assurance issues. The Center is developing research on quality assurance problems in general, vocational and higher education, especially stressing QA issues in vocational and general teacher education. Special attention is paid for research targeted to quality assurance (quality assessment and quality management) of study programmes, employability skills of university graduates and curriculum improvement regarding the received data, assessment of VET and general education teachers’ didactical competencies. CQASR is coordinating and participating in different national and international project activities. Co-workers of the center have big managerial experience of international projects’ coordination in Leonardo da Vinci, European Training Foundation, Phare, Socrates/Grundwig, Socrates/Erazmus and other programmes. In the center are working one professor, two associated professors (PhD), three doctoral students and seven master students engage in different research and project activities.
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