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April 16, 2024

Business Sustainability Management

The world needs sustainability leaders today! This ground-breaking programme is designed for students who seek to develop and implement new generation sustainability strategies, aimed at mitigating the negative impacts on the environment.

 

Programme benefits

A Profound Understanding of Sustainability
  • Comprehensive knowledge of sustainability through ESG levels (environmental, social, governance).
International student group
  • You will spend one third of your studies with sustainability enthusiasts from the EMMIE programme.
Assessing Organizational Impact
  • Environmental impact assessment of an organization in all the sustainability dimensions (ESG).

Mentoring

  • Your mentors will be business representatives from companies such as Moody’s, as well as management master’s students.

Dr. Virginija Poškutė. Business Sustainability Management Programme director

“Based on my experience working for various international (UNDP, OECD, World Bank, EU Commision), national organisations and projects, I am more and more convinced that there is no healthy society without healthy business and vice versa. Having this in mind, the programme was designed to provide students with a strong foundation in sustainability. I believe that it is possible to increase business value and have a positive environmental and social impact at the same time. During this programme, the students will learn from best international and national lecturers and practitioners, will develop skills allowing them to assess and oversee many diverse ESG practices within companies and become experts of sustainability.”

In what areas will I gain expertise after completing this program?

  • You will be able to develop and implement sustainability strategies.
  • You will gain competencies to coordinate organizational sustainability initiatives locally and internationally.
  • You will be able to critically evaluate sustainability practices in value chains.
  • You will acquire competencies for the development, analysis and monitoring of a set of appropriate sustainability indicators in all the dimensions of the ESG.

Autumn Intake Deadline

2024-07-20

Study form

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April 16, 2024

Innovation and Technology Management

Reinvent yourself as a team manager with this unique programme! You will obtain a managerial skillset necessary to distinguish yourself from others and make positive changes in the world by driving innovation and sustainable business initiatives.

 

Programme benefits

Study tour in Japan
  • The program offers a unique opportunity to visit Nagoya University of Commerce and Business and companies such as Mitsubishi Aircraft or Toyota
For those seeking a career change
  • Thanks to the program, you will rediscover yourself as an innovative project, product, process or team manager
The program was developed in collaboration with experts from renowned universities
  • The program has been developed in collaboration with experts from prestigious universities in the USA, Belgium, Japan and Denmark
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  • You will learn to master artificial intelligence and create innovative products

Prof. Dr. Vida Škudienė. Innovation and Technology Management programme director

“By collaborating with leading innovative companies and world-known universities we offer today’s graduates a future-oriented education. Students of this programme can choose an elective course, during which they travel to Nagoya University of Commerce & Business (NUCB) and visit major international companies such as Mitsubishi Aircraft, Brother, Toyota, etc.”

In what areas will I gain expertise after completing this program?

  • You will gain the skills needed to manage projects and processes
  • You will be able to develop and implement sustainability strategies
  • You will strengthen your team leadership skills
  • You will gain the knowledge needed to implement innovative technological solutions in organizations
February 21, 2024

Languages and Cultures of the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region

The Languages and Cultures of the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region program offers students a comprehensive study opportunity to delve into the languages and cultures of the region, including Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Latvian, Polish, or German. With a focus on both linguistic proficiency and cross-cultural understanding, students can specialize in literary and cultural studies or (socio)linguistics, exploring thematic courses that examine socio-cultural developments in Eastern, Central, and Northern Europe.

Why this programme?

  • We guarantee you an intercultural, interdisciplinary and international content
  • Opportunities to delve into cutting-edge fields of linguistic and cultural research such as the study of urban culture, aspects of gender, nature and technology
  • Opportunities to specialise in cultural or (socio-)linguistic fields, as well as to tailor one’s studies by choosing a broader intercultural or interdisciplinary profile.
  • Creative and innovative study methods and a friendly study environment
  • Opportunities to study other languages of the region

What’s after?

Graduates of the programme are being employed in a wide range of fields requiring professional knowledge of cultures and languages, as well as international and intercultural knowledge, in both state and business enterprises/institutions/organisations in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region or elsewhere, acting as cultural experts and mediators or simply as critical, independent workers with a good background in humanities.

February 6, 2024

Ecology and Climate Change

The Ecology and Climate Change study programme trains master’s-level ecologists who understand how climate change affects ecological processes. Nature management, environmental preservation, and species variety and distribution will also be taught to graduates. They will predict climate change-related environmental changes, identify ecological and climate change challenges, provide effective remedies, and design nature management and environmental preservation plans. Additionally, students will learn how to make creative and competitive judgments in the present economic environment, improve ecosystem adaption, and provide ecosystem services. 

Feedback from lecturers and students 

“The Ecology and Climate Change study programme has given me a new and enhanced understanding of the complexities of this field. The experience and knowledge I have gained has given me an advantage and enabled me to find the answers I need more quickly in my daily work as an environmentalist.” 

Marius Karlonas, graduate, ornithologist, book author, director of UAB „Ornitostogos“ 

“Engaging in my academic pursuits affords me the chance to expand my understanding of environmental protection, acquire novel theoretical insights into natural processes, and implement this knowledge practically and professionally. The concepts of climate change and the circular economy are now clearer to me. “

Jurgita Sadauskaitė, student 

“In summing up the 27th UN Climate Change Conference, it is worth recalling the slogan chanted by demonstrators outside the conference: ‘What do we want? Climate justice!”. Achieving this requires all of us to work together, to cooperate and to contribute in real action to achieving climate justice.

Associate Professor Dr. Daiva Šileikienė, Programme Teacher 

Competencies acquired

Graduates will be able: 

  • analyse ecosystems, biodiversity protection, and environmental policy concepts in the face of climate change and anthropogenic environmental impact. 
  • analyse and compare theories, methods, and systems of ecology and climate change management, and integrate interdisciplinary knowledge to propose solutions. 
  • plan and conduct ecological research, analyse data, and propose solutions to environmental and climate change problems. 
  • apply interdisciplinary knowledge, use information technology, and work in nature protection and environmental management. 
  • organize activities, cooperate with society, and critically evaluate new ideas in ecology. 

 Career opportunities  

Climate change, combined with growing environmental challenges in Europe and around the world, creates a distinct need for ecology and climate change management specialists who understand complex environmental processes and are capable of resolving ecological and climate change problems. 

Graduates of the Ecology and Climate Change study programme can work as managers, specialists, advisors, or consultants in state, science, and research institutions, high technology and innovation, industry, research and development, and manufacturing firms, educational institutions, analysis, analytics, certification, and accreditation, and other fields that require knowledge of ecology and climate change. 

Graduates may continue their studies at the PhD level at universities in Lithuania and other countries. 

February 6, 2024

Applied Mathematics

The aims of the Applied Mathematics programme are: 

  • to prepare broad-minded specialists, who have a strong foundation and adequate skills for applying and developing mathematical models for industry, business, finance and other areas; 
  • to cater to the demand for mathematics professionals for the knowledge society whose knowledge has at the same time a strong foundation, domain depth and interdisciplinarity and who can maintain and improve professional competence through lifelong learning. 

Feedback of lecturers and students 

“During my master’s studies in Applied Mathematics, I have truly witnessed the broad applications of mathematics in various fields. The program provided me with valuable insights into the diverse practical uses of mathematical concepts. One of the major strengths of this program, in my opinion, lies in the exceptional competence of the lecturers. Their proficiency in teaching, together with their willingness to communicate with students, has been a standout aspect for me. The supportive and communicative nature of the faculty has significantly enriched my learning experience. “

“In master’s studies, the knowledge acquired during the bachelor’s degree was deepened, and more attention was paid to applying mathematics. Master’s studies improved my knowledge of data analysis and visualization and helped me understand in which practical situations mathematics and statistics can be applied. “

“I thoroughly enjoyed acquiring further knowledge about dynamic programming and the functioning of neural networks. Also, the data visualization course made it easier for me to read and understand the results of my master’s thesis. “

“The Master’s program provided an opportunity to delve deeper into certain areas of mathematics and expand my knowledge. This provided an opportunity to conduct original research and contribute to the development of mathematical science”

February 1, 2024

Physical Education and Sport (in Vilnius)

The aim of the study program is to prepare highly qualified masters of physical education and sports pedagogy at the university level, who are able to systematize the latest knowledge of physical education and sports technologies, independently conduct physical education and sports research, analyze and interpret data, implementing sports pedagogy, psychology, physiology, management, projects implementation and other innovations in their professional activities.

 

Competencies acquired

After completing this programme a graduate will be: 

  1. Able to name international and national trends in education, physical education and sports, evaluate them from social and economic aspects in the context of the modern education paradigm.
  2. Able to select, systematize and critically analyze theories of physical education and sports, describe the latest technological achievements in education and sports science.
  3. Able to carry out complex studies integrating the fields of education, physical education and sports, connect, systematize and critically evaluate data and results.
  4. Based on research results and conclusions, able to prepare recommendations for education, science and sports politicians, administrators, community, initiate discussions and changes in the field of education and physical education.
  5. Able to critically assess information, analyzing events in the development of education and sports, innovations in physical education and sports activities, raise problematic questions and solve them by integrating interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills of pedagogy, physical education, sports, psychology, physiology.
  6. Able to create, evaluate and improve physical education and sports programs, including the development of general competencies, recognizing the complexity of the training process, the differences and diversity of its participants and physical education environments.
  7. Able to take leadership, gather, lead or coordinate sports and physical education participants in planning and creating projects for the improvement and development of the educational institution, seeing new educational and learning needs and demand.
  8. Able to perform an analysis of their professional activities, search for causal relationships, conceptualize the obtained results and apply them to the improvement of their professional activities and those of the sports community.
  9. Able to present an idea or opinion, argue a decision or research results in oral and written form to an audience of physical education and sports specialists and non-specialists, actively discuss it and present arguments.
  10. Able to work in a team, lead it, take responsibility for the results of their activities, implementing projects and participating in professional networks, nurturing Lithuanian culture and traditions, creating a sustainable society.
  11. Able to reflect on his activities as a pedagogical, physical education and sports researcher, identify gaps in knowledge and abilities, define directions for personal development and plan independent learning
  12. Able to think strategically and propose innovative solutions, openly, flexibly and critically assess the state education policy in various educational and educational contexts, analyze situations in the educational institution, in the classroom.
February 1, 2024

Music Education (in Vilnius)

To train a competent music educator, researcher, and leader, who has acquired fundamental and applied research-based knowledge in music education, music expression, artistic leadership, and managerial competencies and who is capable of grounding formal and informal music education practice on evidence as well as improving it. 

To prepare a competent music educator who has acquired fundamental and applied research-based competencies in the field of music education, musical expression, artistic leadership, and project management, capable of improving the practice of formal and informal music education. 

February 1, 2024

Hydraulic Engineering

Overview

The aim of the Programme is to train highly qualified engineering specialists capable of conducting scientific or applied research, evaluating water structures and their impact on the environment using advanced scientific methods, integrating knowledge of different fields to solve theoretical and practical water management problems, analyse and model environmental changes, engineering phenomena and processes using the latest information technologies. Graduates of this study programme are professionals who are welcome in the labour market, helping to find solutions to hydraulic engineering challenges and promoting progress in hydraulic engineering.

Career opportunities

Graduates can expect project, expert, consultancy and management work: in companies involved in the management, maintenance and administration of construction of water management systems and hydraulic structures; in companies involved in water management and environmental protection; scientific and pedagogical work in scientific and educational institutions of water engineering. Studies can be continued in the doctoral programme in the field of technological sciences.

February 1, 2024

Agronomy

The study programme aims at fostering highly qualified master students in Agronomy able to summarize and creatively apply the latest research-based knowledge in agrobiology, agro-innovation, information technology when dealing with agricultural scientific and industrial issues, introducing innovations, ensuring agricultural production and environmental sustainability, and working in agricultural research, management, consultancy as well as seeking self-improvement.  

Specializations: 

  • Crop Production  
  • Plants Protection and Nutrition 
  • Horticulture  

Competencies acquired 

After graduating from the Crop Production specialization, the Master of Agricultural Sciences will be able to evaluate and creatively solve the scientific and production problems of crop production, implement innovations, and manage the processes taking place in agrosystems of various intensity. 

 After completing the Plant Protection and Nutrition specialization will be able to assess and manage the spread of pests and plant nutritional processes, creatively solve the scientific and production problems of agricultural plant protection and nutrition, implement innovations, ensuring the sustainability of agrosystems.  

After completing the Horticulture specialization will be able to evaluate and creatively solve the scientific and production problems of horticulture and horticulture, manage the productivity and quality of garden and vegetable plants, and implement innovative, environmentally friendly technologies. 

January 30, 2024

Social Work: specialisation Social Work in the Context of Global Crises

The Master in Social Work aims to train highly qualified social workers with the knowledge, skills, and methods needed to effectively apply social work interventions that are based on social justice and human rights for peoples‘ empowerment, structural changes, social inclusion, and social cohesion. The specialization “Social Work in the Context of Global Crises” provides an opportunity to deepen the knowledge of social work interventions by combining the immediate and long-term emotional, relational, social, and practical needs of individuals, families, communities, and society, the provision of social services, the trauma’s overcoming, community (re)building and advocacy in the context of intercultural conflicts and global crises. The specialization is delivered in English. The degree is a Master of Social Sciences. 

Social Work: specialisation Social Work in the Context of Global Crises program is the one for you if you want to learn how to:  

  • Promote the liberation of people from oppressive conditions and their empowerment. 
  • Solve social problems arising from social inequality and discrimination against people. 
  • Understand and put into practice the principles of human rights and social justice. 
  • Acquire skills in analyzing and critically evaluating social service ideas and practices. 
  • Acquire skills in analyzing and critically evaluating social policies and decision-making processes in relation to social welfare. 
  • Engage people and structures to address life’s challenges.  
  • Support families and children in conflict and crises. 
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in family counseling and group work. 
  • Promote social inclusion and human well-being, especially in situations of marginalization and oppression. 
  • Make innovative – human rights-based – decisions in the provision of social services. 
  • Have a wider range of career choices, whether to continue in social service provision, social policy-making, or civil society movements and advocacy. 
  • Apply social work interventions. 
  • Articulate between micro (interpersonal), mezzo (organizational), and macro (policy) levels in addressing social inequality and marginalization of people. 
  • Create and manage social services and psychosocial support for people, including in humanitarian crises. 

Competencies acquired 

Theoretical knowledge and research-based skills  

  • To systemize conceptual approaches about the changes and perspectives of social work theories by paying specific attention to the critical and social constructionism paradigms that substantiate the application of innovative social work practice, methods, and interventions in professional contexts. 
  • To design and perform the human rights-based research of social work practice and its contexts by applying quantitative and qualitative research methodologies with the aim to bring up to date the social work practice in micro, mezzo, and macro levels for the promotion of human rights and social justice in line with the human rights standards. 

Professional competencies and skills 

  • To justify the purposefulness and effectiveness of social work intervention by developing ethically-based and enabling empowering social worker’s and user’s interactions by use of specialized methods of work with individuals, families, and/or groups in unpredictable complex situations. 
  • To initiate the creation and development of projects for social services, programs, and/or organizations by integrating the enabling innovative principles and methods of the management of organizations and interdisciplinary collaboration, by engaging local, national, and international financial, human and structural resources as well. 
  • To substantiate the application of the human rights standards in social work and the importance of social work values for the development of innovations of empowering social service. 
  • To comprehend the results of the analysis of the links between policies, resources, and social structures, and to develop the recommendations for the improvement of social policy, the development of the social service system, and sustainable social development to achieve sustainable and positive change. 

Social and personal skills 

  • To reasonably communicate professional information through cooperating with social work professionals, service users, and representatives of other professions and fields, and ethical and responsible ways to present relevant social and professional issues. 
  • To critically assess one’s and others’ continuing professional learning and the use of innovative social work professional knowledge along with the application of practical and research methods, the reflection on professional and learning experience and its effects on social wellbeing. 

Feedback of lecturers and students 

“In the world were global issues, including, but not limited to social exclusion, poverty, abuse, armed conflicts and migration, are at the forefront of social discussion, the qualified professionals in the matter are in growing demand. Our programme focuses on ability and skills of social workers to help people to overcome difficult challenges in their life by taking the roles of counselor and facilitator, also of advocacy actors pushing governments to change harmful laws, supporting assistance programs, and starting new initiatives aimed at helping people through difficult times.” 

Director of the program, prof. Jonas Ruškus, former (2015-2022) expert of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations. 

“I would say it is like my destiny—being in Lithuania and studying in VDU is an experience which has had great influences on my way of thinking, and my view toward the world. Two months after I returned to China, there was an earthquake happened in the south-west part of China, Yunnan. I was assigned to the post-earthquake area, as a program coordinator, trying to build some safe places in the villages or schools for the children, where they could study, play and learn some skills. Right now I am working as a manager in the children’s home. It is very a challenging job and I am still learning how to work for the children. I feel I am doing something I have been wanting to do. I always miss my life and my study in VDU—it was sweet and bitter. Somehow it gives me courage to move forward—life is a journey and I have tried my best. “

Huang Fengyi, China, graduate 

“Studying social work has not only enriched me as a social worker, it has also allowed me to grow as a person. During my studies, everything seemed to make sense because all the subjects and practice were complementary. The knowledge I received was educational in a comprehensive way. As a student, I saw how the lecturers were involved in various activities, interested in the realities of social work and the changes that were taking place, and treated you as an equal colleague. When you see this kind of enthusiasm from the lecturers, it touches you. You cannot remain indifferent.”  

Gerda Laurinavičienė, Lithuania, Graduate. 

“My studies have had a huge impact on my career. While I was still a student, a lecturer inspired me to run a support group for parents of children and young people with intellectual disabilities at my then workplace. Later I was asked to run similar groups in other institutions, for example for teenagers with intellectual disabilities. Slowly the topics of the groups changed, but the inspiration to run the groups remained. This led me to groups for adolescents on stress management, communication, and cooperation training, and other topics. My studies led me to facilitate groups, and the groups led me step by step to my current area of work – helping young people and their families”

Rasa Vėjalytė, Lithuania, Graduate. 

“Studying social work gives you advanced knowledge and practical skills to work with different client groups, and even if you don’t work in social work, the skills you learn will be useful in everyday life and in a variety of situations. It’s a study about real life!” 

Kęstutis Vaišnora, Lithuania, Graduate