Friday, April 17, 2009

Vilnius University

Hello everyone,my name is Agne,I'm from Lithuania,Vilnius.I'm studying at Vilnius Gabijos gymnasium and I want to present Vilnius University.

Vilnius University is situated to the West of Daukanto aikšte and takes up a whole block in the Old Town between Šv. Jono, Skapo and Universiteto streets. The buildings are a collection of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical styles. The campus is arranged around twelve closed courtyards. The most prominent features of the Great Courtyard are the tallest Church of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist (the 14th – 18th centuries) and the tallest bell tower. Vilnius University is one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe. The University started from a Collegium, which was established by the Order of the Jesuits who came to Lithuania to fight against the spreading Reformation. In 1579, Stephen Bathory, the elected King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, conferred on it the status of university. The Library of the University, established in 1570, stores especially rich collections of old and rare publications, the first printed books and maps. Nowadays in Vilnius University are 12 faculties and 9 institutes. University was awarded the European gold medal for the preservation of old buildings. This was the second such medal awarded to a European university. Vilnius University is one of the few universities in Europe which has preserved the original purpose of its buildings since its establishment. The ensemble of Vilnius University will represent Lithuania in the Brussels park “Mini Europe” which displays the most famous buildings and other structures of cultural or historical value of the European Union member states.

Hi, I would like to represent Vilnius University.
As I see, Saulius has already represented Vilnius University so I will try to say something new. Vilnius University – the oldest and largest Lithuanian higher education institution. Vilnius University offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies in humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, biomedicine and technologies. The undergraduate studies usually last four years and graduates are awarded a bachelor’s degree and, in certain areas, also a Professional qualification. The graduate studies – Masterdegree studies or professional studies – last from one and a half to two years. Graduates of Master studies are awarded a Master degree. Special professional studies are aimed at granting the students a high-level professional qualification. Studies in the fields of law, medicine and odontology embrace both undergraduate and graduate studies. The residence – postgraduate - studies enable the medicine and odontology graduates to acquire a higher qualification of a specialized medical doctor. The doctoral studies prepare researchers in various fields. These postgraduate studies last four years and end with the defence of a doctoral thesis. Vilnius University has the oldest library in the Baltic States, which was set up in 1570. It was given a start by the collections of books donated by Vilnius bishop Valerianus Protasevičius and the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, Sigismundus Augustus. Currently, the library stores 5.3 million printed works. The division of rare publications boasts over 178,000 titles of big scientific, cultural and historical value, which were published before 1800, and the largest collection of old Lithuanian books in the world. A valuable cartography fund, which includes maps drawn by the most prominent cartographers of the 16th-18th centuries, is also stored here. If you want to see some pictures of University, visit Vilnius University website Posts: 1 -->

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