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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.

2021-06-23

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)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • 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).

2021-06-09

Information for graduates | Graduation Ceremony

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The Graduation Ceremony of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics will take place on the 29th of June, in the Grand Courtyard of Vilnius University ensemble located in the Old Town.

If you do not plan to attend the Graduation Ceremony - be sure to notify the Studies Office by June 25 (). Graduates who did not attend the ceremony might collect their diploma from the Studies Office a pre-agreed time starting from 30th of June.

SETTLEMENT WITH VILNIUS UNIVERSITY

After successful completion of studies and in order to obtain a diploma and diploma supplement confirming the studies, it is necessary to settle with the University.

The procedures for settlement with the University are defined in this document.

University units with which University graduates and discontinuing students must settle:

  • University Library (return books, etc.);
  • University Dormitory Centre (to account for accommodation in VU dormitory);
  • Vilnius University Students` Representation (there is no need to return a Lithuanian Student Identity Card (LSIC), a card will be invalid after graduation. This settlement is automatic – no additional action is required);
  • International Relations Office at the Central Administration (only if you went on a study exchange and haven’t settled yet);
  • Student Services and Career Department (only if you went on an Erasmus internship and you haven’t settled yet);
  • Faculty administration (to fulfill financial and academic obligations if you haven't settled yet. This settlement is automatic – no additional action is required).

Graduates must settle with the University units no later than 5 days before the scheduled date of graduation ceremony.

A diploma cannot be issued to those who have not settled with the University departments.

If you have any questions, please contact the MIF Studies Office by phone +370 5 219 3055 or e-mail

Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics Studies Office

2021-06-01

Master studies | Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics

2021 05 18 Master studiesFaculty of Mathematics and Informatics offers 6 different Master’s degree programmes in English and welcomes students from all over the world.

The deadlines for applicatios are:

June 1st | for applicants from non-EU/EFTA countries;

July 15th | for applicants that are not required to obtain a national visa for arrival to Lithuania, as well as for non-EU/EFTA applicants with Lithuanian Embassies in their home countries.

Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics Master`s degree study programmes:

Computer modelling

The Computer Modeling programme ensures to use computer modeling technologies and participate in their development, to imply the generation and analysis of hypotheses and ideas, scientific, empirical and applied research, interpretation of results, to develop research and analytical skills, professional ethics code, to generate reports.

Apply now

Financial and Actuarial Mathematics

The purpose of Financial and Actuarial Mathematics programme is high-profile education in financial and actuarial mathematics with an emphasis on theoretical foundation of various methods and techniques of probability theory, stochastic analysis, risk theory, and related fields. Graduates of the programme are qualified to analyze and solve problems in theoretical models of finance and insurance, with implementation of obtained solutions in practice.

Apply now

Informatics

The main goal of Informatics study programme is to prepare highly qualified IT specialists, able to carry out independent research work, continue Doctoral studies in Lithuanian and foreign universities as well as capable of developing software development and maintenance projects and successfully compete for IT jobs both in Lithuanian and foreign companies.

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Mathematics

The purpose of the Mathematics programme is to train qualified specialists who have advanced knowledge of pure and applied mathematics and strong problem-solving skills so that they can successfully tackle challenging scientific, industrial, economic problems. The graduates will be the professionals in modelling and decision making of different processes in industry and research.

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Modelling and Data Analysis

The aim of the programme is to educate internationally recognized professionals in Modelling and Data Science who expertly utilize the up-to-date knowledge of Statistics, Econometrics and Data Science in developing advanced mathematical (statistical) models for private and public institutions for planning, management, forecasting, and evaluation of their activities.

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Software engineering

The purpose of the programme is to prepare high qualification software engineers that can carry out research independently; to lead software development, maintenance and process improvement projects; to apply their knowledge in different application areas; to make decisions under conditions of limited information, and logically, unambiguously and clearly argue them among specialists and non-specialists.

Apply now

2021-05-18

Vilnius University Tops the List of Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions

2021 05 14 VU top380x250Vilnius University (VU) has today been named the best Lithuanian higher education institution for the eighth time in a row. This year, VU scored 74.43 points out of a total of 100 (64.09 last year) in the ranking of education and higher education institutions traditionally compiled by the magazine “Reitingai”. VU is a leader in three of the five areas assessed: academic achievements, added value created by alumni and employer evaluation, and studies and students.

There is a significant gap between VU and other higher education institutions in the country is in the field of science, where the university stands out with an abundance of publications in the fields of natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

Just like last year, VU scored the highest employers rating. The survey showed that over 80% of employers positively assess VU students’ preparation for the labor market, the graduates’ knowledge and skills. Therefore, VU alumni enjoy the biggest demand in the labor market and, on average, the highest annual salary.

VU stands out from other higher education institutions in terms of the quality of studies and the number of students. For many years now, VU has been attracting the most talented Lithuanian students. Furthermore, it has the largest number of doctoral study fields and places, as well as the largest number of accredited study programmes taught in a foreign language.

This year’s ranking of Lithuanian higher education institutions rated universities according to 38 parameters (a crucial parameter - student opinion survey - has been eliminated), which are divided into 5 major criteria: scientificity and highest achievements of academic staff, added value created by alumni and employer evaluations, number of students and quality of studies, current and future academic staff, and international competition.

2021-05-14

VU Tech Hub Invites to Participate in the Competition for Scholarships

2021 05 10 lempute380x250The Vilnius University Technology Hub (VU Tech Hub) has launched the Nominal Scholarship Competition for the best defended thesis prepared during degree studies. The students themselves can apply directly or the candidates can be nominated by their academic supervisors.

The competition is open to the undergraduate and graduate students of Vilnius University of first (Bachelor) and second (Master) cycles including integrated studies who defended their final thesis in one of the following categories of the scholarships during the current academic year (2020/2021).

The one-time grant of 300 euros is awarded in each of the following categories: “The technologies for the development of society“– for the best thesis exploring and presenting technological solutions that determine the social development; “The social challenges in the age of new technologies” – for the best thesis exploring the impact of robotisation, digitalisation and artificial intelligence on the development of society and its institutes; “The innovations for life“– for the best thesis that offers a technological solution to meet the needs of society; “The best interdisciplinary thesis“– for the best thesis, which examines relevant complex problems and combines research methods of different fields of science.

The candidates wishing to participate in the Nominal Scholarship Competition must submit the following documents to the VU Tech Hub by e-mail  until the 29 June 2021:
- Defended Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis (pdf);
- Author‘s name, surname, e-mail;
- Information on the thesis: title, date of defence, scholarship category claimed and brief motivation (up to 100 words) why the proposed research is the best;
- Review of the thesis.

An assessment procedure by Nominal Scholarship Commission will take place until the 31 July 2021. The Scholarship Award Event preliminarily is scheduled for September 2021. More information about the Nominal VU Tech Hub Scholarship here.

2021-05-10

VU Business School Together With CERN is Changing the Traditional Study Model

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Artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, electromobiles or quantum computers are the next generation technology innovations the world is focusing on today. They change not only industry, but also the lives of each of us and future generations. The need for specialists able to operate in the dynamic business environment and implement research-based innovations is growing. To this end Vilnius University (VU) Business School in conjunction with the European Nuclear Research Organization (CERN), one of the world’s largest scientific research organizations, will offer Deeptech Entrepreneurship, a unique Master’s Degree programme in the Baltic countries, in the next academic year.

VU Business School, together with CERN, scientists in the field of physics, mathematics and computer science, and business professionals, open up new perspectives. Our aim is to transform the traditional mindset and build an innovative culture that combines business, technology and leadership. VU is just the place where a culture of innovation based on values marries entrepreneurship and leading technological solutions. I believe that it is in this programme that the future business unicorns will start their rich and exciting journey,” Programme Manager Prof. Saulė Mačiukaitė-Žvinienė, said.

This programme combines the fields of technology, entrepreneurship and strategic leadership. The programme has been jointly developed and implemented with VU Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, VU Faculty of Physics, CERN, and lecturers from abroad. Students who establish start-ups during their studies will have an opportunity to test their business project at CERN.

“From a global network to a PET scanner for cancer therapy or simply a touch screen – these are the various types of applied research carried out by CERN, which have helped to change the world we live in. Today, every smartphone relies on the knowledge of quantum mechanics and general relativity. Such famous scientists as Max Planck or Albert Einstein could never have imagined these innovations. These are disruptive innovations which depend on fundamental research where results may take decades or even centuries. CERN invites entrepreneurs who share the same vision and are not only interested in the existing CERN technologies, but are also able to understand original ideas and transform them into new products – unknown today, but required tomorrow,” Prof. Christoph Schäfer, CERN advisor and lecturer in the programme, said.

The world is changing, so traditional ways of investing or recovery from an economic crisis are no longer effective. The Deeptech Entrepreneurship programme is tailored to those who project themselves or operate in the fields of both business and technology. After the start of Industry 5.0 all countries must invest in science-based innovation and take advantage of the unique opportunities they offer. According to the 2016–2018 statistics, 45.3% of all companies implemented innovations in Lithuania, however in 2020, Lithuania ranked only 40th in the Global Innovation Index. Lithuania therefore needs highly qualified specialists who understand two different worlds – science and business – and whose creativity and competence of entrepreneurship will open up ways for new technological solutions.

“The breakthrough countries, international organizations, technology parks, business clusters and companies are looking for entrepreneurs, developers and leaders able to combine technology with future solutions. The new study programme is offered at the intersection of science and business, implementing the knowledge and practices of technology, data science, innovation management and entrepreneurship. The Deeptech Entrepreneurship Master’s Degree programme brings together different sectors to better prepare students to become the next generation technology entrepreneurs able to combine technological and entrepreneurial experiences, thus perfectly complementing and enriching the portfolio of international master’s programmes of VU Business School,” Dr Birutė Miškinienė, director of VU Business School, said.

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