Education http://l24.lt Fri, 19 Jul 2024 02:56:35 +0300 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb KTU moved up the ranks of the QS Europe 2025 http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406803-ktu-moved-up-the-ranks-of-the-qs-europe-2025 http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406803-ktu-moved-up-the-ranks-of-the-qs-europe-2025 KTU moved up the ranks of the QS Europe 2025

In the newest QS European university rankings, KTU has risen from the 275th position to the 256th.

According to Lolita Jurkšienė, Director of Strategy and Quality Management at Kaunas University of Technology, the results of the rankings are not an instant achievement.

“This is the result of steady and consistent work. Although the rankings, especially international ones, are important to us and we always pay extra attention to their analysis and forecasting, their results are not the main goal of the University’s activities, but rather the outcome,” says Jurkšienė.

According to her, although the validity of ranking methodologies, their applicability in different environments and conditions, and their (dis)usefulness for higher education institutions can be questioned, international rankings assess the essential university activities.

“High quality of studies and research, outstanding achievements of students (both during and after their studies), enhancement of internationalisation, cooperation between science and business, and the development of a modern infrastructure for studies and research will always remain our key objectives, regardless of them being assessed (or not) by various ranking organisations,” emphasises Jurkšienė.

KTU’s Strategy and Quality Management Director believes that consistent improvement of results is ensured only by a holistic approach to the most important aspects of activities and the focus of the whole community.

Climbed the rankings by more than 80 positions in research quality
In the rankings this year, 75 per cent of the Baltic Sea region’s universities improved their positions in the research quality indicator “Citations per Paper”. Among them, KTU has had the biggest jump, rising by 87 places.

According to Jurkšienė, although the improvement of ranking positions is a continuous result of KTU researchers’ activities, there are some other key factors in play. One of the most important aspects affecting KTU research quality is the fact that KTU ranks first among all Lithuanian participating institutions in terms of funding attracted by the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “European Horizon” (the total amount attracted by the University exceeds EUR 33 million).

“This result demonstrates KTU’s ability to produce top-level scientific results and innovations of the highest added value, to effectively increase the level of internationalisation of the university, to promote international networking, and to significantly increase the competitiveness of the country’s higher education and industry,” says Jurkšienė.

Equally important, according to her, is the University’s particular focus on the development of state-of-the-art research infrastructure. The KTU-coordinated project “Artificial Intelligence Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Living and Working” (KTU) is a major contributor to this.

“Centre of Excellence of AI for Sustainable Living and Working” (SustAInLivWork), the establishment of the M-Lab Centre for experimental and prototyping laboratories, and the creation of the Technological and Physical Sciences Excellence Centre (TiFEC) are just some of the examples that will undoubtedly contribute to further development of the outstanding quality of KTU research,” emphasises the Director of KTU Strategy and Quality Management.

KTU graduates get professional employment within a year
In this ranking, KTU was surpassed only by VMU in terms of graduates’ employability after studies, but, according to Jurkšienė, KTU does not quite agree with this assessment.

“It is very important to note that the graduate employability indicator is complex. In the data collection process, universities only provide the actual value of graduate employability. According to the 2023 data, the employability rate of KTU graduates is 90 per cent and even 84 per cent of KTU graduates are employed as highly qualified professionals within 12 months after graduation – these are truly remarkable results!” emphasises Jurkšienė.

According to her, if we compare the data from the Lithuanian Education Management Information System (2022–2023 graduate employability 12 months after graduation (bachelor, master, professional and full-time studies) and the formula used by the QS ranking to calculate this part of the criterion, we will see that KTU’s results are among the best in Lithuania, in this ranking.

“However, this QS Europe ranking criterion also includes another component, the graduate impact indicator, which is assessed by the ranking agency by analysing the profiles of randomly selected graduates. In this case, the impact is analysed in areas such as business, politics, higher education and charities,” explains Jurkšienė.

According to the representative of KTU, these results reveal that the university must think about a strategy to encourage KTU graduates to be more courageous and open about their achievements.

“Or, in other words, not to be afraid to promote themselves, because we know very well that they develop outstanding products and processes, create services and produce other results that have a significant impact on the development of science, business, politics and society,” says KTU’s Director of Strategy and Quality Management.

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[email protected] (Raimund) Education Fri, 12 Jul 2024 16:23:12 +0300
Prime Minister's message to Lithuanian Diaspora Students: Lithuania is a land of opportunities http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406801-prime-minister-s-message-to-lithuanian-diaspora-students-lithuania-is-a-land-of-opportunities http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406801-prime-minister-s-message-to-lithuanian-diaspora-students-lithuania-is-a-land-of-opportunities Prime Minister's message to Lithuanian Diaspora Students: Lithuania is a land of opportunities

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė met with the participants of the Lithuanian Diaspora Student Internship (LISS) programme.

"The greatest gift I have received in life is a free Lithuania and the freedom to shape our future by ourselves. For 20 years, we've been proud members of the strongest alliances—the European Union and NATO. This has brought immense benefits to Lithuania. Those of you who visited us before surely noticed the progress. Now is the best time for Lithuania, and I am thrilled to be a part of it," said the Prime Minister.

In a Q&A session, the students asked different questions, ranging from her personal career to Lithuania's progress and its future. When asked about the most important aspect of keeping Lithuanian society, the Prime Minister said: "it is the understanding that freedom is something that has no price tag for which you could sell it." She emphasized that while it is uncomfortable to feel that nothing is guaranteed and eternal in the world, it is crucial to realize that freedom is not a given that has always been and will always be.

Ingrida Šimonytė noted Lithuania's role in consistently warning the world against Russian aggression, pointing to events in Sakartvelo and Ukraine. "It's hard to celebrate Lithuania's achievements when innocent people are suffering nearby," she added.

"It is so important that after restoring independence, we firmly pursued a clear goal—membership in the EU and NATO. Because of our membership in the EU and NATO, we are a safe country, living better than ever before. Fully understanding this, Lithuania supports Ukraine's and Moldova's European integration, Ukraine's NATO membership aspirations as the only true guarantee of security and lasting peace, as well as Armenia's democratic reforms and aspiration to get closer to the West, and the European and Euro-Atlantic choice of the people of Sakartvelo," she said.

On the subject of career opportunities, Šimonytė noted, "Lithuania is a land of opportunities. In a larger country, it might take much longer to achieve what can be done quickly here. Lithuania leads in IT, life sciences, and other fields, offering a variety of opportunities where people can rapidly advance," she said.

"You are a Lithuanian when you choose to be one; it's not about where you live. A Lithuanian is someone who loves Lithuania," she said adding that in today's constantly moving world, identity should not be tied to a specific location and expressed her hope to see these young talents in Lithuania again.

The LISS programme, a five-week initiative by the Lithuanian community in the United States, provides students of Lithuanian descent from the USA and Canada with the chance to intern in their fields, improve their language skills, and immerse themselves in Lithuanian life and culture.

This year, 27 participants, studying biochemistry, pharmacy, computer technology, finance, linguistics, interior design, and more, are in Lithuania. They are interning at the Vilnius University Life Sciences Centre, the State Vilnius University Hospital, and various private sector organizations.

In collaboration with Vilnius University, all LISS participants become official VU students. At the end of the programme, they take an exam to evaluate their internship-acquired skills. Successful participants are awarded with VU certificates, confirming their professional internship and earned credits.

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[email protected] (Raimund) Education Thu, 11 Jul 2024 16:17:08 +0300
Third Vilnius University Professor Elected to Prestigious EMBO Membership http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406695-third-vilnius-university-professor-elected-to-prestigious-embo-membership http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406695-third-vilnius-university-professor-elected-to-prestigious-embo-membership Third Vilnius University Professor Elected to Prestigious EMBO Membership

The scientific elite of Europe has acknowledged the work of Artūras Petronis, Professor from Vilnius University (VU) and the University of Toronto, electing him as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). The new members were announced on 9 July on the occasion of the EMBO’s 60th anniversary.

‘I am delighted to become a part of the elite group of European scientists and be granted this opportunity to promote Lithuania and VU. The EMBO’s anniversary almost coincides with another significant milestone for us – next year will mark 50 years of molecular biology in Lithuania. In 1975, Prof. Arvydas Janulaitis pioneered the development of genetic engineering at the then Institute of Enzymology (renamed the Institute of Biotechnology in 1995). This initiative catalysed the emergence of a strong school of molecular biology and biotechnology, where I also gained my scientific background,’ said the Professor.

Prof. Petronis is the third Lithuanian and VU scientist to become an EMBO member. His predecessors are Prof. Virginijus Šikšnys and Prof. Saulius Klimašauskas, researchers from the VU Life Sciences Center (LSC). Lithuania became an EMBO member state in 2016.

‘I am deeply grateful to all my teachers, both in Lithuania and abroad,’ said Prof. Petronis.

The scientist has dedicated years to studying the epigenetic mechanisms of human diseases. In 2018, he initiated the establishment of the Laboratory of Epigenomic Studies at the VU LSC, which brings together researchers from the University of Toronto and the VU LSC for joint research. One of the major recent advancements of Vilnius and Toronto epigenetic researchers is in the field of the epigenetics of circadian rhythms. According to the Professor, the temporal (‘chronos’) dimension of the epigenome might prove to be highly significant – it is an excellent niche for promising new research that Lithuanian specialists can explore.

EMBO Director Fiona Watt said: “The new EMBO Members and Associate Members have made immense contributions to fundamental life science research, and, in many cases, their work has paved the way for innovations that have improved lives and livelihoods around the world. As EMBO marks its 60th anniversary, we celebrate the pivotal roles played by the EMBO Membership in strengthening international life science research and contributing to the EMBO Programmes and activities. I send my warmest congratulations to all those elected.”

To celebrate EMBO's 60th anniversary, EMBO Council invited the EMBO Membership to elect 100 new EMBO Members and 20 EMBO Associate Members this year. The newly elected Members and Associate Members reside in 37 countries/territories.

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[email protected] (Raimund) Education Wed, 10 Jul 2024 17:57:25 +0300
Celebration at Mykolas Romeris University – 769 diplomas awarded to graduates http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406694-celebration-at-mykolas-romeris-university-769-diplomas-awarded-to-graduates http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406694-celebration-at-mykolas-romeris-university-769-diplomas-awarded-to-graduates Celebration at Mykolas Romeris University – 769 diplomas awarded to graduates

28 June the graduates of three faculties - the Faculty of Public Governance and Business (FPGB), the Law School (LS) and the Faculty of Human and Social Studies (FHSS) - were awarded their diplomas at a ceremony held at Mykolas Romeris University. 769 diplomas were handed out during the celebration.

The ceremony was attended by the Rector of MRU, Vice-Rectors, Deans of the Faculties, distinguished guests, graduates, faculty and staff.

The Rector, Prof. Inga Žalėnienė, congratulated the graduates and said that she believed that if young people persist in pursuing their dreams, they will come true. The Rector wished the graduating students to take the values of honesty, respect, responsibility, trust, doing good deeds and uplifting the human spirit with them as they close the doors of their Alma Mater on their life journey.

"If I could sign, I would give each of you a diploma for a long, meaningful and happy life. But I can rejoice with you that you have studied in a country whose young people are the happiest in the world! So be happy, and most importantly, know how to share your happiness with others and create happiness yourself. The more happy people there are, the better our world will be," said Prof. Inga Žalėnienė.

Dr. Eglė Malinauskienė, Vice-Rector for Science and Innovation, said that a degree in the social sciences has a special mission nowadays - to contribute to the reduction of economic, social, cultural, geographic and digital exclusion. The Vice Rector said she believed that graduates would contribute to the creation and promotion of an inclusive society with the knowledge and soft skills they acquire at the University.

"I hope that the knowledge you gained at the university, the time you spent in academia and the people you met were a good investment of your time. I would like to wish that this day is not the end of your education, but the beginning of a new phase of learning that will last a lifetime. I hope that the main skill you will take away from the University is the desire to learn every day and the understanding of how to do it effectively", - said the Vice-Rector.

Vice-Rector Assoc. Prof. Saulius Spurga invited the alumni to stay in touch with the university, to continue their education, to take part in alumni activities such as mentoring, to improve their qualifications, to participate in courses, seminars and to share their experience with students.

"I look at you and I wonder, I ask myself and I ask you - what is the world today? What kind of world will you leave the university to. And what change can you make? What is it?", the Vice-Chancellor asked.

Before the diplomas were handed out, the deans of the faculties also congratulated the new alumni.

The Dean of the FPGB, Prof. Danguolė Jankauskienė, was proud that our country has been enriched and enriched with new specialists, who will enter the labour market like new fresh blood. She stressed that in addition to the knowledge and skills they have personally acquired, all graduates have defended either their bachelor's or master's theses, in which they have shared their insights useful for public policy, business organisations and the future of science. They are well trained to bring their knowledge and skills to the public sector or to business.

The Dean recalled that the University, feeling its social responsibility towards society, focuses not only on special, but also on general human skills and competences. Therefore, it is very important for MRU that its graduates are not only good specialists and alumni, but also good, honest and civic people who will build the future of our country.

The Dean of the LS, Prof. Lyra Jakulevičienė, congratulated the graduates and emphasised the importance, uniqueness and responsibility of the legal profession to ensure that all of us are able to exercise our rights and that violated rights are effectively protected. This is the goal of every healthy, thoughtful society. There are no alien rights; human rights exist as long as there are those who support them, fight for them and believe in them. The Dean wished that human rights would be above all a guide, a companion and a goal for every lawyer's professional path, wherever that path may lead.

The Dean reminded the audience that a diploma only shows how much we have grown, not how much more we can grow as professionals and individuals. She wished us to believe in ourselves, not to give up in the face of failure, and to seek our own individual path, which would motivate us, give us meaning, and allow us to be ourselves.

Congratulating the graduates on joining the community of almost 50,000 Mykolas Romeris University alumni, the Dean emphasised that the community is a powerful force and inexhaustible opportunities. She invited people to dare to seize these opportunities.

The Dean of the FHSS, Prof. Odeta Merfeldaitė, told the graduates that the diploma is a symbol of their determination, effort and perseverance. It reflects their ability to think critically, their understanding of how the world works and how they can change it.

The Dean wished them to remain indifferent to social issues, to open their minds and inspire them to new goals. For in achieving their goals, it is not only what graduates have learned that counts, but what they become.

The graduates were also greeted by honoured guests - the Minister of Health of the Republic of Lithuania, Arūnas Dulkys, the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Lithuania, Nida Grunskienė, and the Deputy Director of the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority, Aida Gasiūnaitė-Stavginskienė.

Graduates Arnas Skardžius, Dominyka Šeputaitė and Laura Baškytė also congratulated their colleagues.

At the ceremony, 246 diplomas of the Faculty of Public Governance and Business (213 Master's and 33 Bachelor's), 226 diplomas of the School of Law (182 Master's and 44 Bachelor's), and 297 diplomas of the Faculty of Human and Social Studies (105 Master's, 145 Bachelor's, and 47 Professional Studies certificates, together with a teacher's qualification) were awarded to students who had completed their studies at higher education institutions.

Congratulations once again to the graduates and best wishes for a successful career path!

You can see the celebratory moments here.

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[email protected] (Raimund) Education Tue, 09 Jul 2024 17:55:14 +0300
Design tools for non-designers: creative community workshop for M-LAB employees http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406693-design-tools-for-non-designers-creative-community-workshop-for-m-lab-employees http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406693-design-tools-for-non-designers-creative-community-workshop-for-m-lab-employees Design tools for non-designers: creative community workshop for M-LAB employees

On the 19th of June KTU Design Centre D-LAB team, while carrying out the project of the Center of Excellence in Technological and Physical Sciences (TiFEC), invited members of the M-LAB Laboratory Centre to a community workshop moderated by Melania Vicentini, a spatial designer and a PhD student in the field of design at Politecnico di Milano.

Participants from D-LAB, Physiological Monitoring, Neuro LAB, Young LAB, Infrastructure Development laboratories and guests from LSMU University got to know each other’s projects and daily needs, and started to plan how they could make the new science centre a more comfortable, inspiring place for all, fulfilling their work-related and social expectations.

During the participatory session, a toolkit developed by Melania was tested to help create a sense of community and solidarity through the adaptation of spaces and the creation of new services. The employees and contributing students discussed their daily impressions: the layout of the building, the spaces that are comfortable and uncomfortable for them, the services that are missing, the communication initiatives they would like to see from the personnel of the Centre, and the ways to improve safety, productivity and their overall emotional well-being.

Melania Vicentini, visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design has organised workshops of this kind in Milan and Kaunas to test ideas born from her PhD research and look for ways to help communities enjoy their work and recreational spaces.

“The aim of this design game is to make this know-how accessible in a practical and user-friendly way, so non-designers have a clear toolkit and can work together to shape spaces and services according to their needs. This co-creation approach has proven to be effective in deepening peer relationships, increasing engagement in collective activities, building trust and social inclusion, while at the same time aligning personal activities with the values and goals of the larger community,” says Vicentini.

This format of creative design workshops is one of the services provided by the D-LAB Design Lab, curated by KTU Design centre, and is organised using creative and design thinking methods. The workshops are organised for the purpose of developing, defining, prototyping product/service ideas, for organisational transformation, for team building, public sector innovation, as well as for policy making.

Dovilė Gaižauskienė, researcher at the Centre for Excellence in Technological and Physical Sciences, participatory design practitioner, adds that Melania’s workshop has encouraged M-LAB staff and involved students to get to know their work space better, and has created an opportunity to reflect on the work of other researchers and to start looking for interconnections in the professional field.

“This gathering also contributed to the promotion of design as a facilitator of transformative processes. The participants of the workshop had a practical experience of how design tools function, which is very important in order to see the tangible impact of design research in a familiar environment,” says D.Gaižauskienė.

According to D-LAB researchers, changing the social climate of both small businesses and large organisations requires bottom-up initiatives, i.e. solutions that come from the needs identified by the community, rather than models imposed by the governing bodies. In the context of implementing the EU’s Green Deal, circular design addresses not only production resources or technologies, but also the re-engineering of the way systems work. Although the approach of such workshops is creative, it can result in tangible changes in workspaces, such as a different layout of existing premises, alternative opening hours for a particular building, or the replacement of existing services with alternative ones. All of these could influence both the allocation of the organisational budget and the efficiency of resource management. These are the tasks that the TiFEC project aims to address, since the changes created by design tools are not just cultural, says the Design Laboratory team.

The training event is organised within the framework of the project “Technological and Physical Sciences Excellence Centre (TiFEC)” No. S-A-UEI-23-1 funded by the Lithuanian Science Council and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania from the state budget within the framework of the programme “University Excellence Initiative”.

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[email protected] (Raimund) Education Mon, 08 Jul 2024 17:51:27 +0300
Call for Contracts for the Training of Doctors within the Framework of the Arqus Talent Fund 2024 Programme http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406489-call-for-contracts-for-the-training-of-doctors-within-the-framework-of-the-arqus-talent-fund-2024-programme http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406489-call-for-contracts-for-the-training-of-doctors-within-the-framework-of-the-arqus-talent-fund-2024-programme Call for Contracts for the Training of Doctors within the Framework of the Arqus Talent Fund 2024 Programme

The Vice-Rectorate for Research and Transfer and the Vice-Rectorate for Internationalization of the University of Granada (UGR) are calling for PhD training contracts within the framework of the Arqus Talent Fund programme.

The call is aimed at members of the teaching and research staff of the University of Granada with a current contract, whose duration covers the period of the pre-doctoral contract and persons who, at the time of their incorporation, meet the requirements and conditions for admission to an official doctoral programme of the University of Granada.

Applications will be accepted in two phases:

Phase 1: from 28 June 2024 to 22 July 2024, with a subsequent publication of successful applications on 29 July 2024.
Phase 2: from 2 September 2024 until 23 September 2024.

The full text of the call, as well as the Annexes to be completed, can be found at the following link.

Any questions about the content of this call for applications should be addressed to the Director of Arqus at the University of Granada.

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[email protected] (Raimund) Education Fri, 05 Jul 2024 18:15:31 +0300
European Universities Alliances Unite to Create a Joint Community of Practice http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406488-european-universities-alliances-unite-to-create-a-joint-community-of-practice http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406488-european-universities-alliances-unite-to-create-a-joint-community-of-practice European Universities Alliances Unite to Create a Joint Community of Practice

European Universities alliances are joining forces in a project called FOR-EU4All. The project brings together all current and future European Universities alliances—numbering over 60—into a unified, cohesive structure. The goal is to foster a collaborative and supportive environment where best practices and experiences can be shared not only among the alliances themselves but also with the broader European Higher Education (HE) sector. The Arqus Alliance is represented by the University of Granada and its affiliated entity, Training and Management of Granada SLMP.

As flagships of the European Education Area (EEA) and the European Research Area (ERA), European Universities alliances are leading the way in developing new and innovative concepts for deep transnational institutional cooperation to stimulate long-lasting transformation of European higher education as a whole.

Evolution of the FOR-EU Network
The informal alliance network FORum of European Universities (FOR-EU) has been in place since the start of the European Universities initiative (EUI). Alliance experts have been brought together across countries and institutions to form active communities on strategic topics, such as education cooperation, governance, research & innovation dimension of alliances, or student engagement. FOR-EU has currently 20+ subgroups in place and different parallel fora where the coordinators and alliances’ experts meet. Due to the increasingly large-scale nature and impact of the EUI, a merger of all FOR-EU groups is now necessary, and dedicated resources are required.

Formalising Collaboration
FOR-EU4All will reflect the fruitful collaboration and related extensive expertise that exists in FOR-EU. It will merge, formalise, and scale up the informal processes and structures that naturally developed over the past four years, and focus on supporting efficient administration, coordination, communication and dissemination. Moreover, FOR-EU4All will strongly focus on linkages with the wider HE sector, collaboration with existing networks and stakeholder representatives, as well as engagement with decision-makers on both achievements and challenges related to the EUI. This is also reflected in the project name, we simply are stronger together.

Outreach activities and the dissemination of good practices and learnings are expected to help bringing transnational cooperation in HE in Europe to the next level. Arqus will contribute especially in two areas, implementing the FOR-EU Community of Practice through the development and running of a series of workshops in the different topics of the FOR-EU groups and promoting proactive engagement in policy dialogue with European, national and regional policymakers.

Commitment to EEA and ERA Objectives
European Universities alliances are committed to contributing to the realisation of both the EEA and ERA policy objectives. In collaboration with stakeholders, this project will furthermore focus on addressing challenges to transnational collaboration that persist in the EHEA to date – ranging from joint educational provision to mobility as well as digital and R&I collaboration. With FOR-EU4All, alliances are committed to working together with each other, with relevant stakeholders and policy-makers to overcome obstacles to transnational collaboration and to realise the long-lasting transformation of European higher education.

The FOR-EU4All project has been awarded 1.8 million euros by the European Commission and should last 48 months, starting on 1 November 2024. The European University Association – EUA, the European Students’ Union – ESU, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education – ENQA, the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education – EURASHE and the Erasmus Student Network – ESN are associated partner of the project.

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[email protected] (Raimund) Education Thu, 04 Jul 2024 16:13:20 +0300
VILNIUS TECH is a consortium partner in the project fountain cofounded by the Erasmus+ http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406487-vilnius-tech-is-a-consortium-partner-in-the-project-fountain-cofounded-by-the-erasmus http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406487-vilnius-tech-is-a-consortium-partner-in-the-project-fountain-cofounded-by-the-erasmus VILNIUS TECH is a consortium partner in the project fountain cofounded by the Erasmus+

FOUNTAIN (Fostering sustainable university-industry techno-entrepreneurial collaborations and innovations in Asian universities) led by the University of Ruhuna, cofounded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, started on July 1, 2023. The FOUNTAIN project is a consortium from different partner countries. We are happy to announce that VilniusTech is one of the partners of this project. Project manager Prof. Dr. Artūras Kaklauskas is the head of the Department of Construction Management and Real Estate. 

The FOUNTAIN Project will address the lack of strategic university-industry partnerships in Asian universities in terms of student employability, blended learning, invention and innovation, techno-entrepreneurial skills, curriculum development, multidisciplinary joint research, and many other aspects. Through need assessments conducted with partners in Thailand and Sri Lanka, FOUNTAIN identifies gaps in university-industry collaboration, aiming to align industrial interests with public interests, particularly in agro-industries. Its objectives include enhancing university curricula with robust industrial training programs, strengthening university-business links, and establishing a community of practice involving university and industry actors in the field of agro-industries. Additionally, the project seeks to facilitate the transition of ideas into practice, promote business start-ups, and establish a center of excellence in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship to meet the needs of graduates, academics, farmers, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and other industries in the country and the region.

The FOUNTAIN Project boasts an impressive list of partnering organizations, including the University of Ruhuna, University of Peradeniya, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Horizon College of Business & Technology, Naresuan University (Thailand), Chiang Mai University (Thailand), Tallinna Tehnikaülikool (Estonia) and Mid Sweden University (Sweden).

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[email protected] (Raimund) Education Wed, 03 Jul 2024 14:10:14 +0300
Lithuanians develop solutions for DNA-based information storage technology http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406486-lithuanians-develop-solutions-for-dna-based-information-storage-technology http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406486-lithuanians-develop-solutions-for-dna-based-information-storage-technology Lithuanians develop solutions for DNA-based information storage technology

A new field of science – DNA data storage – is being developed in Lithuania. Genomika company together with Kaunas University of Technology and other partners, aims to develop an autonomous solution for archiving data in DNA structures. The total value of the project is more than EUR 5 million.

According to Renaldas Raišutis, Director of the K. Baršauskas Ultrasound Research Institute at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU URI), the DNA cache can perfectly archive large amounts of data.

“In a globally digitalised society, more and more data is created and used every year. Conventional data storage centres consume 1.5% of the world’s electricity and emit 200 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year,” he says.

Prof Renaldas Raišutis, the Director of Director of the K. Baršauskas Ultrasound Research Institute at Kaunas University of Technology
He says there is a global search for reliable, high-density, sustainable and economically viable data storage solutions. For this reason, the enormous potential of storing data in DNA molecules has become apparent.

In 2060, the entire surface of the earth would be covered
The KTU professor says that 65 years ago, a 5 megabyte (MB) hard drive could barely fit in a cargo plane – today it is equivalent to the size of an average digital photograph. However, despite the evolution of data storage technologies, the current ones are not meeting the growing demand.

The DNA Microfactory for Autonomous Archiving (DNAMIC) project, led by a Lithuanian company Genomika and together with an international team of researchers will develop a hard drive based on the storage of data in DNA molecules within 3 years.

The project is funded by the EIC Pathfinder programme, part of the European Horizon. This is the first project funded by this programme in Lithuania. The programme is aimed at companies developing disruptive technologies – products or services that alter the way that consumers, businesses or industries operate.

According to Dr Lukas Žemaitis, co-founder of Genomika, DNA, an information storage technology that has been developed and refined over billions of years, could be a potential technology for information storage.

Ignas Galminas, the second co-founder of Genomika, explains that this invention could solve a multitude of problems related to data storage, such as the use of water and rare metals, longevity and others.

“If the problem of data storage is not solved, by 2060, large data centres will cover the entire surface of the earth,” he notes.

DNA is highly stable and reliable
Genomika, KTU and researchers from four other countries are working together to develop the first modular drive that will allow a user with no specific knowledge of genetic technologies to record and read digital information using DNA.

Storing information in synthetic DNA structures allows for more efficient use of space, a small footprint and the ability to store information for thousands of years with very low energy consumption, says Prof. Raišutis of KTU.

“One attractive feature of DNA caches is their ability to store large amounts of information in a very small space. It is significantly more compact than traditional digital media. DNA is extremely stable and reliable for long-term storage of information,” emphasises Raišutis.

He believes that storing data in DNA caches is particularly relevant in the healthcare sector, as digitised patient data is stored for their entire lifetime. The storage and processing of digitised information is also crucial for the development of new diagnostics and treatments.

The KTU professor notes that this project is of great significance for the future of biotechnology not only in Lithuania but also worldwide. He says that by working together, science and business can create innovations on a global scale.

“This is an exceptional project coordinated in Lithuania, which contributes to solving a global problem. It is not only technologically but also scientifically relevant, as a new field of science – DNA Data Storage – is starting to develop in Lithuania,” says Žemaitis, a Genomika co-founder.

A market-changing technology
Mindaugas Bulota, the Head of KTU’s National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (NIEC), calls the DNA storage technology a game changer in the market. Without the success of bringing together science and business potential, he says, the opportunities would be significantly smaller.

Bulota emphasises the importance of remaining one step ahead as critical to becoming a world leader and, of course, generating significant economic benefits. As the results of the international projects have a global impact, this enhances Lithuania’s image as a developer of advanced technologies worldwide.

“Naturally, this also attracts the attention of larger investors. In the long term, we attract more foreign investors, which not only creates new, well-paid jobs but also brings knowledge and technology into the country,” he explains.

While preparing the project application, Genomika and the KTU UMI team worked with international partners – Kilobaser company, Technical University of Munich, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland, University of Geneva and Imperial College London.

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Kaunas ranked among the best student cities in the world http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406485-kaunas-ranked-among-the-best-student-cities-in-the-world http://l24.lt/en/education/item/406485-kaunas-ranked-among-the-best-student-cities-in-the-world Kaunas ranked among the best student cities in the world

In the recently published QS Best Student Cities Rankings 2025, Kaunas was listed as one of the best cities to study.

In the rankings, the cities were ranked according to student opinions, cost of living, tuition fees, living conditions, employment opportunities and diversity. Kaunas has secured the 147th position with an overall score of 44.4.

“Kaunas is a beautiful city, it’s just the right size in the sense that everything is a bus or walking distance away. It’s next to two rivers and there are plenty of parks and outdoor activities across the city,” says Johannes Coetsee from Cape Town, South Africa, who has just graduated with a bachelor’s in mechatronics from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU).

In the eyes of KTU international students, Kaunas is compact but full of culture, has efficient city transport, is interesting for those who love historical sites, is a great place for nature lovers and is very affordable. Overall, they say, life here is very satisfying.

According to official statistics, almost 40 thousand students studied in Kaunas in 2023; a large proportion out of the 300 thousand city population – that is why it has been nicknamed the student city for decades. Kaunas is becoming increasingly attractive to international residents – in 2022, they accounted for about 3 per cent of Kaunas population, and their number is steadily growing. A significant amount of international Kaunas residents are international students.

At KTU, students from 71 countries from all continents in the world are studying. Every year, the diversity of KTU’s international community is increasing, creating an inclusive, open-minded and vibrant study environment for all.

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