History, Affiliations & Rankings
Founded in the 16th century, Vilnius University is considered one of the oldest universities in Central and Eastern Europe. The modern era of the university began in the year 1990 after Lithuania gained independence and the University was able to gain autonomy. The university is affiliated with the European University Association, SG Group, Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe and Utrecht Network. VU has been ranked in the 400th position by the QS University Rankings. Times Higher Education ranks Vilnius University in the 801-1000 range.
Infrastructure, Campus & Courses
The old campus of Vilnius University has 13 buildings and 13 courtyards. The campus consists of 12 faculties, 7 institutes, 2 university hospitals, 4 interfaculty centres of study and research, the oldest library in Lithuania with a contemporary Science Communication and Information Center, the Astronomical Observatory, the Botanical Garden, and the Church of St. Johns. There are various faculties which are present at Vilnius which are the Business School, Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences, Faculty of Communication, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Faculty of History, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Philology, Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Physics, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Kaunas Faculty, Life Sciences Center, Šiauliai Academy.
Accomplishments & Alumni
The University's courses are founded on cutting-edge research conducted around the world. With universities in 41 different countries, Vilnius University has signed more than 130 bilateral cooperation agreements. The institution has almost 800 agreements for academic exchanges under the Erasmus+ programme with 430 European universities and 55 partnerships with partner country universities. The alumni network of Vilnius University is very extensive. Some of the most famous alumni of Vilnius University are Czeslaw Milosz (Poet, The Nobel Prize in Literature 1980), Tomas Banišauskas (Founder of the popular website Bored Panda), Ignacy Domeyko (Founder of University of Santiago de Chile) and Joachim Lelewel (Historian and politician).
Student Diversity & Visiting Companies
There are 21,000 students enrolled at the university. Vilnius University draws the best and most talented secondary school graduates in the nation since it is consistently ranked among the top 4% of the world's best universities by the QS World University Rankings. Individuals differ from each other when it comes to their ethnic, cultural or religious background, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, abilities or disabilities, previous education, and academic discipline. The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam believes that all members of the VU community should be able to bridge these differences. This would lead to greater creativity and talent development. Some of the top companies hiring from Vilnius University are Danske Bank, SEB, Western Union, Nord Security, etc.