Dr. Tornike Gotsiridze, mission leader of the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument Monitoring Team, met with European Humanities University (EHU) students to discuss their views of their university — what they like about it and what they would change.
The majority of participating students said they are happy at EHU, are excited to take part in university activities and make useful connections. Several said they value the EU's Erasmus exchange program, in particular. EHU students are participating in Erasmus exchanges for the first time this year.
“Our university is distinguished by its size. It’s important that we are not big. About 600 students reside in Vilnius. The atmosphere is cozy and all students can easily get involved in activities,” said one student.
Media and communication students said they are excited to have the opportunity to work with BBC trainers at EHU's high-tech Mediahub media center, which was established with the support of the European Union, the BBC World Trust, and IREX Europe. It is housed in the Lithuanian National Radio and Television building.
Gotsiridze was pleased to hear EHU students have access to such unique “hands-on” learning opportunities.
Students expressed the desire for more courses in English — part of EHU's long-term strategy. Some also hope to serve in an internship with an EU institution. Others wish EHU had a campus of its own. For the time being, EHU shares premises with Mykolas Romeris University. Plans are in the works to move to a new campus by 2014.
Gotsiridze promised students he would address their needs in his recommendations.
The European Humanities University is a private, non-profit liberal arts university founded in Minsk in 1992. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the university has been headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania since authorities expelled it from Belarus in 2004. It serves nearly 2,000 mostly Belarusian students, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs and promoting research in the humanities and social sciences.