Vilnius University Invites Talented Ukrainians to Study for Free and Receive a Special Scholarship

2023 06 12 VU studentai380x250Vilnius University (VU) offers free studies and financial assistance to the most talented Ukrainian students for the second time. Three years ago, VU established The Grand Duchy of Lithuania Scholarship specifically for Ukrainian students who enroll at VU, aimed at covering their living expenses during the first year of studies.

Ukrainian students applying to VU can choose from bachelor's, integrated, and master's degree programmes. Just like last year, some students from Ukraine will not have to pay any tuition fees for their studies, while the most talented students will receive special monthly scholarships of 300 euros, established by VU, during their first year of studies.

Last year, over 400 Ukrainian students started their studies at VU. All of them received The Grand Duchy of Lithuania Scholarship, and 370 students were exempted from tuition fees at VU through their own means or funds provided by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport. One such student was Mariia Torianyk, a Ukrainian girl who chose to study global advertising at VU's Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

"When choosing my studies, the main factors for me were whether the university provides support for Ukrainian students, the university's position in global rankings, and whether they offer the programme that interests me in English. I was surprised to learn that VU is among the top 400 universities in the world. Because of these reasons, I chose to study at VU, and I am very happy with this decision. My study programme is interesting, and all the professors are professional and kind. In my course, there are 50 students of different nationalities, ages, and experiences, so it's easy for everyone to find like-minded people and friends," says Mariia, expressing her satisfaction with her studies.

This year, the application deadline for Ukrainian applicants has been extended until August 20, 2023. Admission will be conducted through the VU admission system, Ukrainian citizens planning to study in Lithuania must arrive no later than August 25, 2023.

Two years ago, VU established the special "Birthday (later renamed "450th Anniversary") Scholarship", and three years ago, introduced The Grand Duchy of Lithuania Scholarship for Belarusians, later extended to Ukrainians. VU aims to fulfill its social mission and increase access to higher education for everyone. Neither regimes that try to suppress democratic processes through repression nor the social or financial situation of young people's families should hinder them from pursuing higher education.

You can find information about admissions and The Grand Duchy of Lithuania Scholarship for Ukrainian citizens here.


Vilnius University begins cooperation with the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) in the field of quantum technologies

Lithuania's Vilnius University intends to join the IBM Quantum Innovation Center at PSNC, as the institutions declare plans for cooperation in the field of quantum technologies, identifying new areas of R&D work and mutual development of competences in this area. The Letter of Intent starting the cooperation has been signed on May 10, during the Impact'23 in Poznan.

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PSNC, affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, was the first institution in Central Europe to join the IBM Quantum Network in February, 2022 as an IBM Quantum Innovation Center. The Quantum Innovation Center at PSNC aims to strengthen competences in the field of quantum computing and support the development of applications of this modern technology, and has provided cloud access to IBM quantum computers over which computational experiments in various areas of scientific challenges were launched.

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Vilnius University undertakes intensive activities to develop assumptions for new fields of study in the field of programming quantum computers using the knowledge and experience gained by students in the field of computer science and physics. The cooperation and support received from PSNC is an important step towards including this scientific unit important for our region of Central Europe to the group of partners interested in the development and application of quantum technologies.

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Three national institutions have already joined the IBM Quantum Innovation Center at PSNC: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, the Center for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Informatics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IITiS PAN). The Vilnius University is the first foreign research institution to join and explore closer cooperation with PSNC and IBM.


V. Kadzhaia: “IT industry is rapidly developing in Vilnius”

“I liked the fact that there was an opportunity to combine work and study by creating your schedule”, says Volodymyr Kadzhaia who chose Master's studies at Vilnius University (VU). According to V. Kadzhaia, knowledge of Vilnius has a big influence on his choice of university. Lithuania is among the leading countries that have developed the most technologically advanced public e-services.

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VU student V. Kadzhaia is from Ukraine, Kyiv. He was graduated from one of the leading universities in Ukraine – Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Software Engineering. V. Kadzhaia chose to study at Computer Science programme at VU Mathematics and informatics faculty.

Why did you choose to study this programme?

I chose this program because I am interested in the field of Informatics (Computer Science) and in the future, I am going to apply deeper knowledge in my work.

What made you choose a Master's degree at Vilnius University?

Vilnius University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. I also know that the IT industry is rapidly developing in Vilnius.

How did you know about studies?

I have been choosing European universities for a long time. Based on reviews on the Internet, I chose Vilnius University and the program.

What have you enjoyed most about studying at Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (MIF)?

I like the fact that there is an opportunity for individual work and a schedule. I also like that my master's studies start at 4 pm, which makes it possible to work in parallel and gain experience.

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What is your opinion about the teachers/supervisors at MIF?

A high level of teaching, the willingness of teachers to answer questions of interest on the topic, as well as a scientific focus.

Did you combine work with studies? How did you manage to balance it?

Yes, I was working in Vilnius. Thanks to the schedule of classes at the university, I was able to create a flexible workflow schedule.

Would you recommend masters studies to others? Why?

Yes, I will. I like living, studying, and working in Vilnius. For 5 months I learned a lot in my specialty, which I will use in the future. All subjects offered by the university are very relevant. Teachers tell new methods and technologies used in a particular area of IT. And also there is an opportunity to combine work and study by creating your own individual schedule.

Thank you for your answers.



Invitation to participate in the conference "Lithuanian MSc Research in Informatics and ICT"

Are you a Master's student, or have you already completed your Master's degree? Would you like to present your Master's thesis research to colleagues from other universities? Participate in the scientific conference "Lithuanian MSc Research in Informatics and ICT", which will take place on May 9, 2023, at the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences (Gedimino pr. 3, Vilnius). The conference is open to the presentation of a wide range of research and applications in the field of informatics and IT.

2023 03 27 LMA306x180The conference is organised by the Institute of Data Science and Digital Technologies of Vilnius University ( and the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences (

What should you do? Submit a paper of 4-6 pages or an extended 1-page abstract to by May 1. Papers and abstracts can be written in English or Lithuanian. The paper template can be downloaded from Abstracts should follow the same template. Conference proceedings will be published before the conference. This could be your first published scientific paper. Previous conference proceedings can be found here.

What are the benefits? Firstly, it's great to feel you can do a lot. Secondly, you will be able to state in your Master's thesis that the research results were presented at the conference and published in the conference proceedings. This can be considered when the thesis is assessed.

2023 03 20 IT tyrimai210x139What next? If you enjoy tackling and solving interesting scientific problems, then a PhD is for you. When applying for a PhD, applicants are often assessed on whether they have published scientific work. Attending a conference and publishing a paper can be proof that you are ready for PhD studies.

The conference is open to first- and second-year Masters’ students and undergraduates who wish to attend and present their research results.

How much will it cost you? There is no conference registration fee.

Important dates:

May 1, 2023: Submission of papers and abstracts;

May 04, 2023: Notification of acceptance;

May 05, 2023: Announcement of the conference programme;

May 09, 2023: Conference.

Any questions? Contact the organisers.

Olga Kurasova

Julius Žilinskas

Jolita Bernatavičienė

Gintautas Dzemyda


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Prof. Jonas Kubilius's Nominal Scholarship Competition

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Students are invited to apply for the Prof. Jonas Kubilius nominal scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2014 by the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (VU MIF) and the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Vilnius University (VU MIF ALUMNI). The scholarship aims to encourage talented and active VU MIF students. A scholarship of at least EUR 150 is awarded to at least two students in the spring semester.

Applications should be sent to no later than 10 April.

The student applying for the Scholarship must apply by 10 of April. The following documents must be submitted online to the VU MIF Studies Office ( -> eapplications -> Application for nominal scholarship (please specify the type of scolarship in the application):

- application for the prof.J. Kubilius Scholarship (Best Student or Most Active Student).

- a description of the activities carried out;

- references (optional);

- other factual information.


The Faculty board elects Prof. P. Drungilas as the new Dean of MIF for a second term of office

The Board of Vilnius University (VU) Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (MIF) has elected Prof. Dr. Paulius Drungilas as the new Dean of MIF for the second term.

On 10 March, the Board of VU MIF voted for a new Dean of the MIF. The majority of votes favoured the current Dean of the Faculty. The new term of office will continue for five years.

According to Dr Šarūnas Repšys, chairman of the Election Commission, the election was conducted without irregularities. The candidate has received strong support from the MIF Board. More than half of the members of the Faculty Board voted for him: fifteen out of the sixteen voters present voted for him.

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Prof. Dr P. Drungilas has been a lifelong friend of mathematics. He started winning prizes in world mathematics Olympiads while studying at S. Daukantas Secondary School in Kretinga.

The newly elected Dean is pleased that the choice of mathematics studies at the Faculty is miscellaneous and varies from classical mathematics to data science: "The most important thing is that all studies develop abstract thinking, which is highly valued in the labour market".


Violence and bullying: it's hard to admit that almost all of us have experienced it

Do you think that violence and bullying aren’t relevant to you? Let's stop here! We want to invite you to discover what students from Vilnius University (VU) Mathematics and Informatics (MIF) have learned in the international project Creative Emotional Journey.

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MIF International Studies Coordinator J. Krauledaitė at an event in Vilnius | J. Auškelis photo

"First of all, it's hard to admit that almost all of us have experienced this, both directly and indirectly," says Augustina Petraitytė, a MIF student who participated in the project. Bullying and violence separate two poles: the strong and the weak. According to Ms. Petraitytė, the latter is not valued in society, so we often choose to ignore certain expressions of bullying and violence to maintain our value in society.

Anastasija Volkova adds: "For many, it is difficult not only to notice but also to acknowledge that there is a lot of violence and bullying in our environment. Perhaps there is a lack of tools and knowledge to recognize what is violence, what is bullying?"

Creative Emotional Journey: from an idea to a European recognition

Justina Krauledaitė, MIF's International Studies Coordinator, has been involved for two years in the Creative Emotional Journey project, which focuses on gender-based violence and bullying, and has involved other members of MIF's community. This is an Erasmus+ Key Action2 type project where partners from 4 countries (Spain, Italy, France, Greece) developed an educational methodology, a manual, and a selection of non-formal education tools on the topics of bullying and gender-based violence for youth workers and professionals who work with young people. Throughout the project, 75 participants from all five countries took part in a pilot training followed by a youth exchange in Italy with 25 young people.

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Moments from the event in Vilnius | J. Auškelis photo

According to Ms. Krauledaitė, although the project has now ended, the partners are keen to continue their cooperation and are considering taking the project to a larger scale in the future, not only in Europe but also abroad.

The Creative Emotional Journey project is special because the methodologies developed are applicable in practice, the methodologies are available free of charge, and the methodologies are clearly understood and tested by people from different countries and cultures.

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Creative Emotional Journey team meeting in France | Photo from the personal archive

Easier expressions of violence and bullying are the result of a normalised society

"Usually, topics about violence and bullying do not come up in natural conversations and are difficult to talk about, so when I heard the name of the project and the topics covered, I was curious about how to talk about such difficult topics in a different way from the usual way," says Ms. Petraitytė, the reason why she joined the Creative Emotional Journey project. She says that being part of the project has opened her eyes to the fact that these topics are very close to all of us - much closer than we think - and that some of the milder expressions of violence and bullying are normalised by society.

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Creative Emotional Journey team meeting in France | Photo from the personal archive

Another participant, A. Volkova, noted that the term "bullying" itself is probably already a nuisance at school: "There are many projects and thematic lessons on this topic, and it becomes a kind of mystical phenomenon that doesn't seem to happen. However, bullying is a very real phenomenon, but perhaps sometimes there is a lack of more realistic examples of what people face, of tools to recognise violence and bullying, and of education on these topics." She points out that it is important to teach not only how to deal with the consequences, but also how to prevent them, starting at school. For example, a popular example is when boys grab girls by the scrubs and advise them not to tie them. It should be the other way around, talking to the abuser about the act itself and the consequences it creates.

Watching and doing nothing – as well as getting involved

Augustina and Anastasija, participants in the “Creative Emotional Journey” project, are unanimous in their belief that the topics of violence and bullying, no matter how much we may not want to admit it, are connected to each one of us. "During the project, I had the opportunity to learn about the different roots of violence and bullying and how it affects many different groups of people. At the same time, I also heard other participants' personal experiences, which gives me an even different, closer insight into the topic, a feeling for it, because it makes everything much closer, it doesn't just remain as something you've read or heard."

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Project participants Justina, Anastasija, Augustina, and Normantas in Italy | Photo from personal archive

"In my opinion, it is harder to spot people affected by violence and bullying in academia. However, we are older and more used to hiding our emotions. And when we arrive in a new environment we want to make a new life. So if we don't analyse our friends' behaviour and the problems they face, we won't notice whether they are being bullied or abused or not," says Petraitytė. When it comes to the signs that can help us assess this, she says, the main ones would be an apparent distrust and frustration with other people, a marked reluctance to violate personal boundaries, and a marked uncomfortableness in the face of this. The participant stresses that if these signs are observed, it is not possible to say with certainty that the person is experiencing violence and bullying.

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Creative Emotional Journey team meeting in France | Photo from the personal archive

The Creative Emotional Journey methodology opens up avenues to start the conversation. According to Augustine, even though it is very difficult to have a conversation, we have many different unconventional ways to make it easier. "The main thing we can and should do is to be interested in the topic and talk about it. Observing violence or bullying and doing nothing about it is also engaging with the abuser. Even if you can't help directly, there are always other ways to help, so the circle is closed - we need to be interested and talk about it so that we can do it," adds Anastasija.

The final events of the project – a new stage in its action

Members of the Creative Emotional Journey team in Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Lithuania were invited to the final events of the project, which included not only a presentation of the methodology but also guest speakers.

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Moments from the event in Vilnius | J. Auškelis photo

In Vilnius, the event brought participants under the vaults of Vilnius University to listen to Justina Krauledaitė's presentation "How do creative solutions help overcome emotional challenges?" Dovilė Masalskienė from the Women's Information Centre presented the situation of domestic violence in Lithuania, initiatives, and organisations that can be contacted for help. Inga Abramavičienė, a psychologist from the VU Community, told how everyone can help themselves and their loved ones to discover their inner problems. After the presentations, the participants were invited to a guided tour of the central ensemble of Vilnius University.

Although the content development phase of the project is now over, a new phase awaits it - embedding in organisations.

Find out more about the Creative Emotional Journey and the tools it developed here.


Coherent Solutions named scholarships for VU MIF students

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To contribute to the growth of talent, the international company Coherent Solutions has established incentive scholarships for students of Vilnius University Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (VU MIF) who show the highest learning results.

"Our long-term strategic goal is to encourage young people to pursue a career in information technology. The IT market is highly competitive, but the demands on future employees are also growing. The strong theoretical foundation gained at university is the foundation for a future career, so this and other similar business initiatives are an additional incentive for students to achieve high results," says Lina Šiumetė, the company's Head of Lithuania.

L. Šiumetė says that the VU MIF student scholarships are allocated with a purpose: "Our company is constantly looking for programmers and data science specialists. We appreciate the quality and focus of studies at Vilnius University and decided to contribute to encouraging the most talented students educated here."

The scholarships are paid monthly from March to June. The best representative of each programme will receive 250 euros each month.

Students who have completed the first semester of their studies and have no debts or academic arrears are eligible to apply for the scholarship.


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