10 Facts About Vilnius University


Vilnius University is a public research university, which is the oldest university in the Baltic states, and one of the oldest and most famous in Northern Europe.

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Wide-ranging Vilnius University ensemble represents all major architectural styles that predominated in Lithuania: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism.

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The following year Walerian Protasewicz, the bishop of Vilnius University, purchased several buildings in the city center and established the Vilnian Academy.

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Vilnius University quickly recovered and gained international prestige, largely because of the presence of notable scientists such as Wladyslaw Tatarkiewicz, Marian Zdziechowski, and Henryk Niewodniczanski.

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The new charter specified that Vilnius University was to be governed according to the statute of the Vytautas Magnus University of Kaunas, and that Lithuanian language programs and faculties would be established.

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From 1940 until September 1944, under Lithuanian professor and activist Mykolas Birziska, the University of Vilnius was open for Lithuanian students under the supervision of the German occupation authorities.

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Vilnius University began to free itself from Soviet ideology in 1988, thanks to the policy of glasnost.

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Since 1991, Vilnius University has been a signatory to the Magna Charta of the European Universities.

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Vilnius University is ranked 423 among World top universities by 2021 QS World University Rankings.

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Vilnius University has signed more than 180 bilateral cooperation agreements with universities in 41 countries.

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