On 11 November, a cooperation agreement was signed between Vilnius University (VU) and the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The agreement was ratified by representatives of the institutions, who met in person and signed the document – the Rector of Vilnius University, Professor Rimvydas Petrauskas, and the Chief of Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Mindaugas Steponavičius. The institutions agreed to strengthen and develop their cooperation, to educate and inform the public on the issues of cybersecurity and to foster civil society.
"Close cooperation, sharing of competencies and mutual support are always essential for a country, and especially in the current geopolitical situation. The University welcomes this cooperation agreement and believes that with our knowledge, intellect and technological solutions we can contribute to the strengthening of the security of the state and to the support of our military forces," said Professor Rimvydas Petrauskas, Rector of Vilnius University.
"The agreement confirms what is very important for the institutions we represent. It is in our interests to strengthen and develop the cooperation, to educate and inform the public on the issues of cybersecurity. We are pleased to have such an understanding and such a sense of responsibility for public safety in academia. I believe that by bringing together the expertise of the soldiers and the intellectual capabilities and efforts of the VU community, we will strengthen our ability to safeguard the interests of the state and its citizens," said Brigadier General Mindaugas Steponavičius, Chief of Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, after the agreement was signed.
The agreement includes cooperation on joint projects, exchange of expert information, cooperation on curriculum development, organization of internships and training, sharing of knowledge and new developments with students, non-regular lectures, discussions and scientific conferences at the University.