On June 29-30 European Humanities University’s (EHU) Governing Board (GB) held a meeting in Vilnius where it addressed challenges the University is facing at the present moment. During two-day session EHU GB members reviewed the recent development at EHU and endorsed future prospects for the University.
EHU GB was very pleased to see that University is marking its 10th anniversary in Vilnius with the largest ever Graduating Class, which was awarded 269 diplomas shortly after the GB meeting on July 1. It was noted that the number of prospective students Belarus who have applied and have passed the selection process for EHU undergraduate programs in AY 2016/2017 is at record levels. It reveals a great vote of confidence by students and parents alike.
The GB welcomes a newly approved Core Curriculum, which will be introduced starting from the next academic year. The new Core Curriculum will allow for more flexibility and choice and give a wider and deeper educational experience to each new EHU student.
The GB noted that the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) is taking many positive steps to continue the management of the EHU Trust Fund formerly managed by the Nordic Council of Ministers on behalf of the European Union. The Governing Board welcomed the recent announcement of the European Commission that it was committing to 2 years ahead of its future annual grant to EHU. The EHU GB remains deeply grateful to the ongoing interest and generosity of the Lithuanian people and successive Lithuanian governments.
Prof. David Pollick concluded his Rectorship term on July 1. It is of utmost importance to identify an Acting Rector to take up this temporary post as soon as possible and take charge of the management issues of the University to allow proper time for a full and fair process of selecting a permanent Rector. The Acting Rector is not expected to be a candidate for the long-term role, but to be a highly competent stop-gap acting in many ways like a consultant but with the necessary Rectorial powers.
The search for the new Rector is to be managed by a Search firm selected by SIDA. The job description for this position has been drafted and agreed by the GB and passed to SIDA. It will also be possible to nominate possible candidates or to suggest that the Search firm should approach individuals about their possible interest in the position. The Search Firm will be tasked to identify 2 or 3 strong candidates who will then be brought to Vilnius and to interviews with the Board which will, as the Statutes require, make a choice about the person they recommend to the EHU General Assembly of Part-Owners for appointment.
Future changes at EHU provide great opportunities to strengthen and grow its Mission as a Belarusian University in the EU, specifically Lithuania but also in Belarus and with partners across Europe and North America. Partnerships are an important way of broadening what the University can do, but its individuality will never be compromised. There is a real chance now with new interest and collaboration for EHU to create an important and sustainable role in building the future of Belarus and the knowledge and understanding of Belarus in Europe.
EHU Governing Board is responsible for strategic management, finances and effective functioning of the University. The members of the Governing Board are outstanding figures in the field of higher education from around the world. Currently the Governing Board is composed of 16 members. The former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University Dr. Anne Lonsdale serves as Governing Board Acting Chair.