Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

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Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuanian: Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas acronym-VGTU) is a state higher academic school which has the rights of legal entity. The University is a non-profit institution, which was established by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. It is one of the largest schools of higher education in Lithuania, which strives for leading position among Baltic countries in technical and engineering education as well as the field of scientific research. Vilnius Gediminas Technical University pursues to foster highly qualified, creative and socially active specialists, who would be able to successfully adapt to both Lithuanian and foreign markets of education and labour. Vilnius Gediminas Technical University encompasses the following:

  • 60.000 alumni over more than 50 years of the University‘s existence
  • 16.000 students (over 2010/2011)
  • 9 faculties
  • 10 research institutes, 19 research laboratories, 4 research centres
  • 970 academic staff members
  • 87 study programmes based on three-cycle structure (i.e. Undergraduate, Graduate and Post-graduate studies)
  • Over 100 business partners all over Lithuania

History
  • September 1, 1956. Kaunas Polytechnic Institute (KPI) founded Vilnius Evening Division of the Evening Faculty. This is considered to be the establishment date of a higher technical school in Vilnius. A specialist in chemistry Assoc. Prof. Jeronimas Kudaba became a Dean of this division. 75 students began studies.
  • July 1, 1960. The KPI Vilnius Evening Faculty was restructured into KPI Vilnius Evening Faculty. A. Cyras was appointed a Dean of the Faculty, which consisted of Departments of Civil Engineering, Electrotechnics and Applied Mechanics. There were 514 students studying in the Faculty.
  • July 6, 1961. The KPI Vilnius Evening Faculty was restructured into KPI Vilnius Branch with two divisions: the day-time and evening studies. A. Cyras was appointed Vice-Rector of the KPI Vilnius Branch. Two faculties were founded in the Branch: for studies of manufacturing production instruments and for training mechanical technology engineers.
  • September 1, 1964. The Faculty of Building Economy of the KPI Vilnius Branch started its activities.
  • September 1, 1968. The Town Building Faculty of the KPI Vilnius Branch was established.
  • September 1, 1969. The KPI Vilnius Branch was restructured into the Vilnius Civil Engineering Institute (VISI). At that time, there were 4 faculties and 26 departments with 290 teachers in total, whereas the number of students amounted to 3 451.
  • October 31, 1990. By the decision of the Lithuanian Supreme Council, the Vilnius Civil Engineering Institute became the Vilnius Technical University (VTU).
  • August 22, 1996. Lithuanian Government adopted a resolution on awarding the Vilnius Technical University the name of an ancient Grand Duke Gediminas and naming it the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.
  • October, 1997. VGTU was accepted into the World Association of Universities.
  • 2000 is the date of the founding of The Senate of VGTU.
  • February 4, 2004. The Club of VGTU Alumni and Fellows was established.
  • 2006 marks the 50th anniversary of the existence of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.

Structure

Faculties:

  • Antanas Gustaitis’ Aviation Institute
  • Faculty of Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Electronics
  • Faculty of Fundamental sciences
  • Faculty of Mechanics
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Transport Engineering
  • Faculty of Business Management

Institutes:

  • Institute of Environment Protection Research
  • Institute of Architecture
  • Institute of Open Source Research
  • Research Institute of Geodesy
  • Institute of Humanities
  • Innovatory Scientific Institute of Special Structures “Kompozitas”
  • Research Institute of Internet and Intelligent Technologies
  • Road Research Institute
  • Research Institute of Welding and Materials Science
  • Research Institute of Territorial Planning
  • Scientific Institute of Thermal Insulation
  • Transport Research Institute

Centres:

  • Aviation Specialists’ Qualification Improvement Centre
  • Centre for Aesthetic Education
  • Innovation centre
  • Competence centre of Intermodal Transport and Logistics
  • Foreign Languages Teaching Centre
  • Art Development Centre
  • Research History Centre
  • Life Long Learning Centre
  • Distance Learning Centre
  • Traffic Safety Centre
  • Computer Centre
  • International Studies Centre
  • Telecommunications Research Centre
Rectors
  • 1969–1990 m. Prof. Aleksandras Čyras
  • 1990–2002 m. Prof. dr. habil. Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas
  • 2002 m. Prof. dr. habil. Romualdas Ginevičius

Recorate
  • Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas – Principal Vice-Rector
  • Liudvikas Rimkus – Vice-Rector for Strategic Development
  • Raimundas Kirvaitis – Vice-Rector for Research
  • Alfonsas Daniunas – Vice-Rector for Studies
  • Arunas Komka – Chancellor
Senate
  • Donatas Cygas – Chairman of the Senate
  • Juozas Atkociunas – Deputy Chairman of the Senate