High level European Humanities University (EHU) donor conference “10 Years of EHU in Vilnius – Shaping the European Future Together”, initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, was held on March 10 in Vilnius.
High level donor conference was attended by European Commissioner, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and Czech Republic, Speaker of the Parliament of Lithuania, Secretary General of the Community of Democracies, representatives of the Nordic Council of Ministers and European External Action Service, Ambassadors and Heads of diplomatic missions of EHU donor-countries – Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, USA, Austria, Poland, Greece, Finland, Denmark, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia and others.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius expressed his gratitude to everyone who joined the Conference, and congratulated EHU leadership on the 10th anniversary of University’s successful work in Vilnius: “European Humanities University is the only of its kind project, which during its 10 years demonstrated outstanding results. Today we are looking forward to University’s future and even bigger plans”.
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics added: “European Humanities University has indeed become a top-class University for Belarusian youth, one of the strongest illustrations of EHU’s success are graduates of the University, 60% of whom return back to their Homeland - Belarus”.
The high level guests paid a visit to the present University campus and were toured within EHU’s future premises – renovated building of the Augustinian monastery in heart of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Vilnius Old Town. Later donors were accompanied to the Lithuanian Parliament to resume the discussion about future financial support of University’s mission.
The Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament Loreta Graužinienė emphasized: “EHU is a unique and one of the most successful project to support democratic transformations. I am particularly glad that EHU is planning to start its next academic year in the new premises in Vilnius Old Town”.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Lubomír Zaorálek noted: “Students of EHU will be shaping the future of their country - Belarus. We should maintain the policy of support of young generation”.
EHU Rector Prof. David Pollick presented EHU 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, which contains the outcomes of the Strategic Planning Committee work, detailed description of University mission and strategic directions of development in the upcoming years.
Conference participants expressed their approval of EHU mission, which contributes to bringing up future Belarusian leaders, who are ready to initiate democratic transformations in Eastern Europe. EHU experience is of vital importance both because Belarus was accepted to Bologna process and in order to build a constructive dialog with Belarusian civil society.
“We have to see EHU within Eastern Europe’s framework. EHU should focus even more on building bridges. EHU should not only be a hub for Belarusians but also a hub for Belarus studies. Konrad Adenauer Foundation stays committed to the mission of EHU. We are also happy to announce introducing two additional Konrad Adenauer Stiftung stipends for EHU students”, concluded Former President of the European Parliament, Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering.