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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

January 24, 2024

International Cybersecurity and Cyberintelligence (The Arqus Joint MA Programme)

The Master in International Cybersecurity and Cyberintelligence is a full-time, English-taught Master’s programme, collaboratively offered by four European universities. Unique in its structure, the programme features a semester-based rotation, with each semester taking place in a different university or country. This dynamic approach provides a diverse educational experience, deepening students’ understanding of international perspectives in cybersecurity. Upon completion, graduates will be adept at integrating into various sectors of the cybersecurity industry, with a particular aptitude for roles in cyber intelligence teams on an international stage.

Throughout the programme, students will engage in a range of specialised activities, including:

  • Analyse: Conduct in-depth reviews and evaluations of incoming cybersecurity information to assess its relevance for intelligence purposes.
  • Collect and Operate: Engage in advanced denial and deception operations, collecting cybersecurity data for intelligence development.
  • Investigate: Probe into cybersecurity incidents or crimes linked to IT systems, networks, and digital evidence.
  • Operate and Maintain: Ensure the effective and secure performance of IT systems through dedicated support, administration, and maintenance.
  • Oversee and Govern: Provide strategic leadership and direction in cybersecurity matters, ensuring effective conduct within the organisation.
  • Protect and Defend: Identify, analyse, and mitigate threats to internal IT systems and networks.
  • Securely Provision: Design, acquire, and construct secure IT systems, taking responsibility for various aspects of system and network development.

Why choose this programme?

  • The programme offers specialised academic education in Cybersecurity, Cyberintelligence and International Relations and Law for Cybersecurity;
  • The programme is jointly carried out by four European Universities: Granada (Spain), Minho (Portugal), Padua (Italy) and Vilnius (Lithuania);
  • The programme uses physical mobility around these four universities, and students will have the possibility to attend virtual, blended and local courses.

What comes after?

The Master in International Cybersecurity and Cyberintelligence is designed with a document known as the European Cybersecurity Skills Framework Role Profiles and European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) in mind to guarantee that the learning outcomes will fulfil the requirements for these professions in the field of cybersecurity:

  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Cyber Incident Responder
  • Cyber Legal, Policy & Compliance Officer
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Architect
  • Cybersecurity Auditor
  • Cybersecurity Educator
  • Cybersecurity Implementer
  • Cybersecurity Researcher
  • Cybersecurity Risk Manager
  • Digital Forensics Investigator
  • Penetration Tester

December 14, 2023

Art Management

This study programme aims to train highly qualified specialists in art management capable of devising management strategies of art organisations, identifying and creatively solving management and marketing problems of art organisations, projects and initiatives, and carrying out collaborative art and business projects. The relevance of knowledge and abilities acquired in this programme is testified by its popularity among individuals working in the sphere of art and culture. They chose the programme because they felt the need to renew their professional knowledge and become acquainted with the latest research and progressive practices in the field of art management.

Why choose this programme?

  •  It is the only one of its kind in Lithuania that is based on the concept of art as a socio-economic phenomenon.
  • The study programme combines the principles of art management and marketing into a holistic unit and enhances the exceptional competencies of the students.
  • The programme’s scope includes professional practice; therefore, the modules are jointly taught by researchers / University lecturers and art professionals. Students can develop a Master’s thesis that covers a project they implemented themselves.

What comes after?

Graduates of the Art Management programme can:

  • occupy leading positions of different levels in private and public organisations engaged in creating, producing, disseminating and protecting art where a good understanding of the art sector and management competencies is required.
  • develop their own businesses as art project managers, organisers of events, art marketing specialists and consultants, artists’ agents, and art and business organisation liaisons.
April 26, 2023

GOvernance and Administration of Leisure and sports

Information about the GOvernance and Administration of Leisure and sports can be found on the programme website.

April 26, 2023

Project Management

The objective of the program is to prepare highly qualified project management professionals and leaders who possess competencies in project planning and implementation, attracting and effectively managing financial and human resources, ensuring project quality control, and managing risk. It also aims to develop leaders capable of implementing innovations in their work and engaging in research in the field of project management.

These second-level studies are developed in collaboration with partners such as the IT company “DXC Technology,” which shares its practical knowledge, insights, and experience from ongoing and completed projects, presenting their success stories and challenges. The Master’s program in Project Management provides an opportunity to enhance existing leadership and management skills for current organizational managers and leaders who have general management knowledge and experience but seek to learn and apply the latest trends in project management and effective management practices in contemporary technology and business domains. The study subjects are designed in accordance with the competencies outlined in PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge 6), PRINCE2, and AGILE, which are necessary for project managers working in the international market. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to obtain the PMI certification (PMP – Project Management Professional).

January 18, 2023

Fashion Innovation Technologies

The content of study programme Fashion Innovation Technology integrates knowledge of fashion product design, development and production innovations. You will deepen your knowledge of the fashion product circular design and sustainable development, virtual technology and design, innovative materials and advanced production technologies. You will be able to choose a block of alternative subjects in material or marketing innovations. After completing studies, you will have the latest technological knowledge and be able to develop fashion product innovations (know-how). You will be an expert in the field and the leader of a team that creates in-demand products, you will be ready for constantly changing and uncertain environment of fashion industry.

Funding opportunities

All international students automatically become candidates to receive the Scholarship for International Students, which is assigned for first-year Bachelor or Master students with strong academic records and motivation.

The residents of European Union countries and the global citizens of Lithuanian origin can apply for state-funded study places. This means that all the applicants, who fall into one of the aforementioned categories, will participate in the general admission’s competition for state-funded study places and get the chance to study free of charge, depending on their admission score.

Campus life

The main KTU Campus is within walking distance from the city centre. In the campus, university sports halls and courts, dormitories, shops and recreational areas are all nearby. KTU boasts the active student community, with 6 art societies and over 20 students’ organisations. Our students can choose from 100 weekly sports classes, and join one of 20 sports teams. All of this is free of charge.

Over 40 thousand students study in Kaunas, and of these, around 10% are international students. Lush parks, lively squares, cosy cafes and buzzing cultural life make Kaunas attractive not only as a travel destination but also as a place to live. In 2022, Kaunas will become a European Capital of Culture.

January 18, 2023

Construction Management

In complex construction industry, any inaccurate step can be crucial on the path to the project implementation. The experts of construction management play a key role in the implementation of quality processes from the beginning to the end of the project. They are the coordinators ensuring smooth operation of related organisations and meeting the customer’s expectations, applying the knowledge of building information modelling (BIM) and geo-information systems (GIS).

Funding opportunities

All international students automatically become candidates to receive the Scholarship for International Students, which is assigned for first-year Bachelor or Master students with strong academic records and motivation.

The residents of European Union countries and the global citizens of Lithuanian origin can apply for state-funded study places. This means that all the applicants, who fall into one of the aforementioned categories, will participate in the general admission’s competition for state-funded study places and get the chance to study free of charge, depending on their admission score.

Campus life

The main KTU Campus is within walking distance from the city centre. In the campus, university sports halls and courts, dormitories, shops and recreational areas are all nearby. KTU boasts the active student community, with 6 art societies and over 20 students’ organisations. Our students can choose from 100 weekly sports classes, and join one of 20 sports teams. All of this is free of charge.

Over 40 thousand students study in Kaunas, and of these, around 10% are international students. Lush parks, lively squares, cosy cafes and buzzing cultural life make Kaunas attractive not only as a travel destination but also as a place to live. In 2022, Kaunas will become a European Capital of Culture.

January 18, 2023

Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry – interdisciplinary area of studies and scientific research, which involves chemistry, biology, pharmacy and other sciences for creation and development of new medicines. The scope of the programme is preparation of qualified, motivated and creative specialists, who have deep knowledge of chemistry and research skills, are able to formulate and solve the issues of medicinal chemistry science and pharmaceutical industry, seeking to work at the high tech scientific and industrial companies, which produce and supply pharmaceutical preparations, or to continue their education in doctoral studies.

Funding opportunities

All international students automatically become candidates to receive the Scholarship for International Students, which is assigned for first-year Bachelor or Master students with strong academic records and motivation.

The residents of European Union countries and the global citizens of Lithuanian origin can apply for state-funded study places. This means that all the applicants, who fall into one of the aforementioned categories, will participate in the general admission’s competition for state-funded study places and get the chance to study free of charge, depending on their admission score.

Campus life

The main KTU Campus is within walking distance from the city centre. In the campus, university sports halls and courts, dormitories, shops and recreational areas are all nearby. KTU boasts the active student community, with 6 art societies and over 20 students’ organisations. Our students can choose from 100 weekly sports classes, and join one of 20 sports teams. All of this is free of charge.

Over 40 thousand students study in Kaunas, and of these, around 10% are international students. Lush parks, lively squares, cosy cafes and buzzing cultural life make Kaunas attractive not only as a travel destination but also as a place to live. In 2022, Kaunas will become a European Capital of Culture.

December 29, 2022

Photonics and Nanotechnology

This study programme is devoted to students who wish to gain an in-depth knowledge of semiconductor photonics and nanotechnologies in order to master physics, fabrication and characterisation techniques of organic and inorganic solid-state light sources, solar cells, sensors and hybrid devices. This programme has a proven strong track record of successful employment of graduates in the high-tech industry and in further PhD studies in Lithuania and abroad.

Why choose this programme?

  • Students are offered multiple scientific research options at the Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology of Vilnius University, the Department of Optoelectronics of the Centre for Physical Sciences and Technology, or other modern labs within the National Centre for Physical Sciences and Technology.
  • Cooperation with industrial partners provides students with opportunities for research work and Master’s thesis subjects on a case-by-case basis.

What comes after?

  • Graduates can work as researchers at universities, institutes and companies working in the fields of applied sciences, innovations and electronic technologies.
  • The Faculty of Physics at Vilnius University offers both Materials Engineering (08T) and Physics (02P) third-level (PhD) studies.
December 13, 2022

Educational Management

The study programme Educational Management responds to the demands of the contemporary educational systems and therefore is popular among the applicants. The study programme aims to prepare educational managers for different types of organisations involved in learning and teaching activities. The complexity of the programme learning outcomes leads our future graduates to the career of an educator, an educational manager, a human resources developer.

Students will have a great opportunity to experience a blended learning method, which will develop their competence in technology enhanced and self-directed learning.

Students, who successfully complete the programme, along with a Master’s degree in Education Sciences will be also awarded a Certificate in Curriculum Design and Development issued by UNESCO International Bureau of Education.

Student Testimonials

I’m proud to be graduate of study programme Educational Management. I have worked as a consultant in NGO. Now I am a career consultant in Kaunas Jesuit Gymnasium.
Aiste Bertasiene, Lithuania. Graduate.

Educational Management Master program is a unique program that gathers students with different background in education – teachers, managers, non-formal educators. These studies helped me look at education from the perspective of multiple disciplines and get acquainted with research methods in the field. Studies take place in a small cohort of colleagues, so there is a possibility to establish contact with teachers, ask questions and receive support when needed, and personalize the learning experience according to career goals. Besides, thanks to the extensive international connections of VMU I had a chance to go on study exchange abroad and gain even more international experience.
Kayako Takagi. Japan. Graduate of the programme and now lecturer of Japanese language at VMU.

Feedback of Lecturers

The programme is for students who see themselves as the future leaders of educational organisations.
Assoc. Prof. Lina Kaminskiene

Why do I advise this program for other students?

  • The ME program provides a comprehensive image of educational management from economical, sociological, psychological and philosophical points of view.
  • You can see broader picture getting both special and universal knowledge and apply it within different working fields – education or business.
  • Democratic mode of teaching and development of creative, pragmatic thinking, even on the exams.
  • Friendly atmosphere and freedom of choice.

Tetiana Ponomarenko. Ukraine. Graduate and PhD in Education.

Professors

Competencies acquired

Upon graduation of the study programme Educational Managementyou will be able to work in:

  • Public educational institutions and private organisations providing education services.
  • Education governance institutions.
  • Human resource departments of enterprises and business organizations.
  • Non-governmental organizations working in the field of education.
  • Or to continue with the doctoral studies.