On Friday, April 24, the European Humanities University’s (EHU) new Rector David Pollick met with Lithuania’s Minister of Education and Science Dainius Pavalkis and presented the development plan for a Belarusian high school operating in Vilnius.
This month, Prof. Pollick, well known in the United States as a specialist in higher education, was appointed as the rector of the only European university in exile. Last year, the EHU Rector’s search drew 19 candidates from seven countries.
Minister Pavalkis underscored the need to coordinate the university’s unique mission with a guarantee of a consistently outstanding education. He also encouraged EHU to cooperate more closely with Lithuanian universities in finding its own niche not only in the field of social sciences and humanities, but also in preparing joint programs with technological partner universities.
Prof. Pollick confirmed that he is ready to meet the challenges in the development and implementation of a new strategic plan for EHU, to improve the management of the University, and to modernize the quality management system.
“We will strengthen international teaching and research standards and continue to ensure an excellent higher education, based on European values,” said Prof. Pollick.
According to him, while expanding its activities, EHU will strengthen its role in the development of civil society in Belarus.
Prof. Pollick has served as EHU’s acting rector since October 2014. Before that, he had been consulting the University on higher education management and operation issues.
Prof. Pollick received a doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of Ottawa and has served as the president of four American institutions of higher education.
His grandparents hail from Belarus.
The European Humanities University was founded in Minsk in 1992 and was forced to terminate its activities in the country in 2004, due to the actions of the Belarusian political regime.
With the assistance of the Government of Lithuania, the European Commission, the Nordic Council of Ministers, other Western countries and funds, the University has renewed its activities in Vilnius.
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