“As we enter this critical year in the life of EHU, faculty, staff and students will not only be celebrating the University’s 10th anniversary in Vilnius, but will experience a genuine contemporary rebirth – a renaissance of sort – of EHU’s mission and values,” said the Rector of European Humanities University (EHU), Prof. David Pollick, in his welcoming address to more than 200 new students and the entire academic community on September 30, 2015.
The Rector expressed his excitement and hopes for the new academic year ahead. He stressed the importance for the students to build relationships with fellow students and faculty based on trust. “In joining EHU, you have demonstrated your courage and braveness. Decisions you will make, based on what you learn at EHU, will determine the future of your country.”
As a further sign of the University’s development and renewal, the Rector described the creation of an entirely new collaborative Strategic Planning Process, the development of a new Core Curriculum and the need to make preparations for the move into a newly restored Campus in Vilnius Old Town in the summer of 2016 - a strong demonstration of the stability of the University and Lithuania’s continued commitment to the contribution of our community to the development of democratic ideals in Eastern Europe.
President of EHU, Prof. Anatoli Mikhailov delivered his remark to the students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of the University, inviting them to contribute to the strengthening of EHU. “Let me cordially congratulate the whole University community at the beginning of this new academic year. I am confident that a fruitful partnership between EHU students, faculty and administration will lead to increasing the quality of our programs as we meet the challenges of our modern world,” President Mikhailov.
Lithuania’s Ambassador-at-Large for Eastern Partnership, Dr. Žygimantas Pavilionis, stated that ten years ago he and his family contributed great efforts to ensure that Lithuania hosts EHU after University’s closure in Belarus.
“I am proud to be hosted by EHU – I feel like I’m with my own family and I want you to know that without all of you, Belarus has no future. Europe will never be united and free without a united and free Belarus. Europe needs you just as Belarus needs you. The freedom of our nations is indivisible.” – emphasized the Ambassador.
EHU begins the new academic year with a 33% increase in applications for Master’s programs. Admissions to the International Law and European Union Law, Public Policy, and Historic and Cultural Heritage programs have doubled. In 2015 the University introduced new programs, as well. An undergraduate program in World Politics and Economics was developed in cooperation with Vytautas Magnus University - one of the very few joint undergraduate degree programs in Lithuania. Additionally, given the needs and lack of academic skills among high school graduates in Belarus, this year EHU launches a year-long Foundation Program in Vilnius and Minsk, which is the only program of its kind in Belarus.