Official statement on the progress of EHU audits

Official statement on the progress of EHU audits

European Humanities University (EHU) communication policy does not engage in official reactions to private statements in the social media, however, given the levels of interest in the strategic planning processes and respective audits that have taken place over the recent years, the University finds appropriate to issue the following statement.

EHU academic community regards audits as an essential part of ensuring the transparency and sustainability of the University’s operations and improvements in its internal accounting and management systems. Independent management and accounting audits have been conducted as routine after the University’s re-establishment in Vilnius in March 2006 and have been appropriately adopted by the governing bodies of the University and the donors community.

In October 2015 Deloitte Lithuania delivered a draft audit report, which unfortunately did not involve the consultation by the auditors with the Chair or Vice Chair of the Governing Board, which the draft audit report references. Had such consultations by the auditors taken place, it would have made clear that the "external payments" noted in the draft audit report were, in fact, reimbursements for specific professional travelling and housing expenses incurred by the University leadership, which Deloitte Lithuania actually recognized. Therefore, its draft report was incomplete and contained significantly misleading observations. In the meantime, a corrected and revised version of the audit report is expected to be released, and the EHU community is looking forward to its review.

In the academic year 2015-16, EHU undertook three external audits, initiated both by the University and donor groups. For instance most recently, an excellent January 2016 audit report conducted by KPMG Sweden, as requested by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, provides appropriate advice which assists the University in addressing existing weaknesses and providing constructive assistance going forward.

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