The European Humanities University (EHU)—established in Minsk, but currently operating in exile in Vilnius—has signed a new academic cooperation agreement with Mykolas Romeris University (MRU). The agreement envisions closer cooperation in strengthening education and research in the social sciences and humanities between the two universities. It is EHU's second such inter-institutional cooperation agreement with a Lithuanian university.
According to EHU Rector Dr. Anatoli Mikhailov, the new agreement marks an important step toward EHU's regional integration.
“The social sciences and humanities do not receive as strong financial support as the natural sciences. Hence the need to concentrate our efforts on achieving regional progress in these areas of study. EHU and MRU have been cooperating for some time now. We share a building and this agreement reinforces existing relations between the universities,” says Mikhailov.
“EHU is an outstanding university. I see it as a modern and new institution focused on the needs of society. This agreement will enhance our cooperation in research, scientific conferences, and professional development of our employees,” says MRU Chancellor and Senate Secretary Dr. Saulius Spurga.
Both universities committed themselves to following up on this agreement with concrete steps.
The European Humanities University is a private, non-profit liberal arts university founded in Minsk in 1992. With the active support of the international community, EHU relocated to Vilnius after it was forcibly closed in Belarus in 2004. Currently, more than 1,800 students are enrolled in EHU. Most of them are from Belarus. In 2012, EHU is celebrating its 20th anniversary.