VU is one of the oldest and best known higher educational establishments in Lithuania and Central-Eastern Europe. VU offers the widest range of studies in humanities, life sciences as well as social, physical, biomedical and technological sciences. The university has more than 80 bachelor's and integrated study programs, more than 100 master’s programs and 29 doctorate programs in various fields of science.
The university also has about 63 residency programs in medicine and odontology. The university also boasts of over 2,000 academic staff members who are qualified and come from different backgrounds. These staff members are internationally trained as well and they offer a broad world-wide perspective in their teaching methods.
The university devotes great attention to the development of fundamental and applied sciences, research and the quality of studies. Although VU is the oldest university in the Baltic region, the university still continues to update and grow with the times, attracting a very young, dynamic, open and progressive student population.
Interesting facts about Vilnius University:
The university’s world standard library houses 5 million publications, one of the highest in Europe.
The first Lithuanian literature (book) is safely showcased at Vilnius University’s library.
The first laser equipment was developed at Vilnius University
Lithuania’s first internet connection was done by a researcher at Vilnius University
The first Lithuanian satellite (Lituanica SAT-1) was developed by Vilnius University scientists.
Presently 25 foreign languages are taught at Vilnius University.
About the city:
Vilnius is a historic gem of Lithuania and the country’s capital and most populous city. The city post-independence in 1990 continues to grow and develop, becoming more attractive, tolerant modern, and progressive over the coming years. The city center of Vilnius consists of 5 major areas; The Old Town, one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Europe that have developed over the course of many centuries and home to some of the continent’s greatest architectural sites.
Užupis a self-proclaimed republic is the artistic district of the city and houses all the shops, restaurants and art galleries. What formerly used to be the dodgiest part of the city, Šnipiškĕs, has now been transformed into a central business district housing several companies and corporate establishments. In that aspect, Vilnius was named by the Financial Times in 2019 as the most attractive city for tech start-ups. The Žvĕrynas district is the greenest area of the central city and has a very sub-urban atmosphere.
The New Town is the fifth and most recent area in Vilnius, experiencing very rapid redevelopment and infrastructural growth, the area is modern and very urban attracting tons of Lithuanian resettlers every year. Vilnius is a very strategic city that has stayed true to its cultural heritage yet adapting to the new world. The city is home to a very ethnically diverse group of people from all walks of life.