Thermo Fisher Scientific Nominal Scholarship Competition 2021-2022

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“Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics” UAB in cooperation with Vilnius University invites prospective 1-year masters students from VU Life Sciences Center, Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics to prepare Master final thesis at the Company.

Favorite students selected to prepare Master final thesis at the Company will receive Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics nominal scholarship of 1.800 Eur per single academic year. VU students who prepare the final thesis at the Company for two academic years and if study results do not worsen, are entitled for a second-year scholarship, therefore total scholarship would amount to 3.600 Eur.

Applicants’ Bachelor final thesis (or exams) and Main study field subjects weighted average grades must be no less than 8 to qualify for the Scholarship competition.

This nominal scholarship does not impact students’ chances to receive other scholarships from the State, Vilnius University, “Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics” or other

First year Master students must submit applications for the competition by September 27, 2021

Students must submit following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV);
  • Motivational letter, also indicating preferred research areas;
  • Copy of Bachelor studies diploma and its supplement;
  • Copy of Secondary school graduation diploma;
  • Copy of other achievements, such as scientific and/or social activities (e.g. participations in scientific competitions, tournaments and other);
  • Recommendation from VU Faculty or Employer would be additional benefit.    

Application documents should be submitted to VU Study administration department via e-mail: and “Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics” UAB via e-mail: titled “Thermo Fisher Scientific nominal scholarship”.

Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to “Thermo Fisher Scientific” representative – Saulius Burbulis , tel. +370 640 68532 or VU representative – Jurgita Alonderyte-Venckiene e-mail: .



The VU freshmen integration program

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The VU freshmen integration program, which will take place throughout September, is a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the entire VU community in a short time.

Students will have the opportunity to take part in excursions organized by VU Museum and VU Library throughout the month, visit an Integration Space located at VU Central Library, and Scientific Communication and Information Center. Students will also be able to find out more about separate departments, such as VU Library, Culture Center, Sports, and Health Center, VU Student Representation, VU Student services, and career department, and to discover interesting people, inspiring places, and much more.

Student integration #StudentAUK will begin on August 31st. 10 a.m. in the Grand Courtyard of VU.

Here the freshmen will be greeted by a full-day integration event:
10.00 - 12.00 Integration of foreign students
13.00 - 16.00 Discussion festival "Ad Astra"
16.00 - 18.00 Contact fair of VU student clubs and activities
19.00 - 20.00 Baltic Balcan concert and performance of VU Culture Center groups

Following the requirements established by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, all participants of the event must have an Opportunity Passport; registration:

#StudentAUK program and key links:

"Student Life Guidebook":
VUSA discussion festival Ad astra:
Registration to #FindVU tours:
Freshman Video Guide: VU video guide - orientationweek



Information for freshmen: first steps

Congratulations for joining the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (MIF) of Vilnius University (VU). An interesting period is in front of you - the beginning of studies. Prospective students often ask where to look for exact information about their studies, how everything will start in the first few weeks. Here are the key steps to successfully prepare for the new academic year.


Significant Growth of State-Funded Student Places at Vilnius University

2021 3 04 VU Didysis kiemas380x250At the end of the main stage of general admission to higher education institutions, Vilnius University (VU) received 28,673 applications from students, of which 5,978 were submitted as the first priority. After the first stage, 4,247 persons were invited to study, 3,585 of them were invited to state-funded student places. VU Vice-Rector for Studies Associate Professor Valdas Jaskūnas points out that the number of entrants to VU has been growing for the fifth year in a row, but the growth of state-funded student places is even more gratifying.

"Of all Lithuanian higher education institutions, VU attracts the most state-funded places – this year we received 43 percent of the total state funding allocated to universities, while last year we received 37 percent. We are leading in the study groups of mathematics, physics, life and humanities", says Associate Professor Jaskūnas.

According to the VU Vice-Rector for Studies, the results of this year's main admission stage show unchanging tendencies of the most popular study programs – the fields which are most in demand remain as medicine, psychology, law, international business, and creative communication. "It is gratifying that the call to choose pedagogical studies has been heard – VU trains teachers in various forms, and all students can acquire the qualification of a teacher by choosing parallel studies," he says.

However, Associate Professor Jaskūnas draws attention to the declining interest in Scandinavian language and IT study programs, which may lead to a shortage of specialists needed for business development in the future.

According to the Vice-Rector for Studies, the start of VU Šiauliai Academy after the reorganisation of Šiauliai University has been successful. One of the main teacher education centres in Lithuania has seen a high percentage of growth in teacher training and curriculum systems.

"VU Šiauliai Academy Teacher Training Centre has received a lot of trust. The special pedagogy program undoubtedly has the greatest potential in Lithuania. VU has also refined studies that meet the needs of the region. At the moment, we see that there is a great shortage of IT specialists for the development of the region, therefore we are happy to see the growth of students entering the information systems studies. While developing studies in Šiauliai, IT and pedagogical study programs are considered a priority, therefore targeted investments in the quality of studies and the environment are planned,” says Associate Professor Jaskūnas.

At the end of the main admission stage, VU intends to provide most of the proposed programs in the second stage as well. At this stage, it will also be possible to apply to study in state-funded student places. The additional admission stage will run from 13 August to 16 August.


Nord Security and Vilnius University Partner Up to Develop Innovative Solutions

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Vilnius University (VU) and the cyber security solutions developer Nord Security have signed a cooperation agreement. The parties have agreed to strengthen the partnership between tertiary education and business and to develop joint initiatives in the process of designing and improving cybersecurity products and services. In the long run, new partners also aim to enhance and further develop the competencies of software engineering, data analysis, statistics, and mathematics students.

“In order to continue as an attractive establishment of studies and learning for students, we have to make sure that our graduates have the skills to mirror dynamic needs of the labour market. This is particularly relevant when it comes to the IT sector: its progress and integration in other business and industrial segments is very intensive yet always changing and shaping new challenges both: for IT professionals employed by companies like Nord Security and researchers involved in this field. I am therefore very excited that, uniquely diverse in the range of this activity, this partnership with Nord Security will offer excellent value in the quest for new scientific solutions in association with cyber security and big-data researchers and will become significant part of studies driven by applied knowledge,” says VU Rector prof. Rimvydas Petrauskas.

The Head of Nord Security's Business Enablement Department, Ramūnas Markauskas, was happy with the budding partnership and new possibilities opening for business and VU academic society.

"Currently, one of our priorities is for Nord Security to strengthen our partnerships with universities and the academic society. Therefore, we're very excited to have signed this agreement with Vilnius University, the alma mater of many of our executives and employees. This agreement will allow the company and the university's community finding common ground to develop high-level scientific products, innovative solutions. It'll also establish opportunities to nurture and encourage young professionals to make discoveries and further explore cybersecurity and other IT fields. It is no doubt that this partnership will expand our view regarding product development. In turn, we can offer valuable practical knowledge for the academic society about cutting-edge solutions and tech," says R. Markauskas.

Nord Security is one of the world's leading cybersecurity solutions providers, with more than 15 million users worldwide. At present the company's product family includes five advanced cybersecurity solutions that have earned high praise from major tech outlets and cybersec experts: NordVPN, NordVPN Teams, NordPass, NordLocker, and NordWL.

Currently, Nord Security has around 1,000 professionals working in different areas of the company. They're actively engaged in promoting further development of their employees by hosting in-house academies, building partnerships, and providing various trainings for skill development.

From September, Studies at Vilnius University Will be Planned in a Non-Remote Manner

June 22 the Senate of Vilnius University (VU) made a decision, ruling that the study process and its activities will be once again planned in a non-remote manner in the autumn semester of the 2021-2022 academic year. For this reason, the auditoriums, laboratories, libraries, courtyards and campuses will reopen in September.

2021 06 23 VU 380x250Non-remote studies will only take place depending on the situation of mass vaccination in the country to ensure safety.

“I believe our community is actively taking advantage of the opportunity provided by scientific progress. This is vital for our future. I am certain we will return with the experience of remote learning during the pandemic period, evaluate and maintain what could be used to complement or expand teaching and learning opportunities. However, lively teacher-student relationships, emerging human connections, issues arising during face-to-face communication and discussions are the values that set the University apart from all other forms of learning.

Therefore, let us be responsible today: let us get vaccinated ourselves and invite those who are sceptical, not daring or downplaying the effects of the pandemic. This will help us welcome the approaching September safely and start yet another academic year of the extraordinary history of our University”, the Rector of VU prof. Rimvydas Petrauskas said.

All the information about regulations and changes at the University is constantly updated here.


Graduation Ceremony

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We kindly invite you to take part in the solemn graduation ceremony on the 29th  in the Great Courtyard of St. John's Church (Universiteto str. 3, Vilnius)

During the celebration, graduates of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics will be greeted by university and faculty leaders, lecturers, alumni, students.

Graduates will be awarded bachelor's and master's degree diplomas.

9 a.m–10.30 a.m. Diploma award ceremony for graduates of these study programmes:

  • Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (Master)
  • Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (Bachelor)
  • Software Engineering (Master)
  • Software Engineering (Bachelor)

11 a.m.–12.30 p.m. Diploma award ceremony for graduates of these study programmes:  

  • Mathematics (Master)
  • Modeling and Data Analysis (Master)
  • Econometrics (Bachelor)
  • Statistics (Bachelor)
  • Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics (Bachelor)
  • Informatics (Master)
  • Bioinformatics (Bachelor)
  • Information System Engineering (Bachelor)
  • Information Technologies (Bachelor)
  • Informatics (Bachelor)


  • After receiving the diploma, graduates will be required to sign in the diplomas’ registration journal. Graduates must to settle with the University by 25th of June. More information
  • Entrance of graduates and guests to the Great Courtyard will be available only through the gate from St. John Street. At the end of the ceremony, the graduates and guests will be invited to go to the courtyard of M. K. Sarbievijus for the additional greetings and photos. Graduates and guests leaves the university through the gate to the Library courtyard.
  • Each graduate can invite 2 persons to the Graduation Ceremony. Individuals may enter the event area only if accompanied by a graduate. Pre-registration is not required.
  • All the participants of ceremony must wear face masks.
  • The event will take place in the open air, so we recommend arranging appropriate clothing and umbrellas in case of rain.

Ceremony will be filmed and broadcasted live at Vilnius University Facebook account. For those who cannot take part at the live ceremony, we kindly invite you to watch the broadcast!

We invite you to celebrate together with the graduates!

Record-High VU Position: University Makes it to the Top 400 World Universities

2021 06 09 VU QS 400 EN 380x250In the latest QS World University Rankings 2022, Vilnius University (VU) took a record high position and for the first time, ranked 400th in this ranking.

This is also the highest rating ever achieved by Lithuanian universities in the global ranking of QS universities; therefore, this position is significant not only for the history of higher education at VU but also for the whole of Lithuanian higher education.

“Being among the 400 best universities in the world is a significant achievement for all Lithuanian higher education, testifying to the fact that our country has all the prerequisites for the highest level of international science and studies.

I am certain that we are strong enough to establish ourselves among the best universities in the world and to adhere to the highest standards as they are understood in the international scientific community. However, this requires constant constructive dialogue with the public authorities so that the funding of science and studies allows for the planning of a long-term perspective.

We prove that we can achieve and exceed the set goals, the state must prove that it considers education a priority,” VU Rector Prof. Rimvydas Petrauskas said.

VU has been ranked in the global QS rankings among more than one and a half thousand other higher education institutions for almost a decade, and this time has risen by more than 200 positions in total. First evaluated in 2014, VU ranked 601-650. Currently, being in the 400th position, VU represents Lithuania by shaping high scientific standards, which increasingly contribute to attracting international researchers and becomes a serious competitor to prestigious European universities.

“We are proud of the academic community of Vilnius University. Its efforts strengthen not only the global image of the university but also the image of the city. This time, by being among the top 400, VU has once again proved that it has the energy to grow and create breakthrough ideas,” Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius said.

This year, VU ranked especially high - 135 position - in terms of teaching quality. According to the criterion of academic reputation, rising by 27 positions compared to last year, this year VU ranks 400th, and 434th in terms of employee evaluation.

When compiling QS world university rankings, higher education institutions are evaluated according to a total of six criteria: Academic Reputation, rating of the best institutions in terms of research, Employer Reputation, rating of the best professional training institutions, Citations per Faculty, the ratio of the number of students and lecturers in the departments (Faculty Student), the share of foreign lecturers (International Faculty) and the number of foreign students (International Students).


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