Independent mind and marine spirit…
Klaipėda University today enters into third decade of existence. It is the only structurally full-rate university in a large part of Western Lithuania, where a perspective industrial and commercial potential is rallied, where marine complex is developed and distinctive cultural traditions are cherished. It was established for realization of scientific researches and studies in marine topics. Dominant in the University are trends in scientific researches, artistic activity and academic activities, which are not cultivated by other Lithuanian universities. It develops as an autonomous and modern scientific and study centre.
Author Andrius Pelakauskas
Rapidly growing University today is home for over 6,500 students, 3,500 independent auditors, 1,300 staff, including 600 professors, associate professors and lecturers, including 4 national award winners in science, culture and art, for 7 faculties (Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Humanities, Marine Engineering, Arts, Pedagogy, Social sciences, Health sciences), 2 study institutes (Maritime and Continuing studies), 3 scientific research institutes (Baltic Coastal Research and Planning, Baltic Region History and Archaeology, Mechatronics) as scientific research and study centres, library with about 0,5 million books of different topics, Botanical garden, Publishing office and Career centre.
The University is implementing the mission of upbringing, focused on humans and intellectual society. It also cherishes cultural and historical heritage of Western Lithuania and old traditions. Unity of science and studies, their qualitative integration into national and European scientific space remains to be the major principle of its activity. Klaipėda University is a member of academic network, involving association of European universities and Baltic region universities.
Mission of the University is universal and exceptional in satisfaction of national demands for high quality professionals in fundamental and applied researches. It undertakes study programmes, corresponding to international requirements and standards. Researchers, poets, writers, Parliament and government members, managers of big companies, good engineers, teachers and actors are among graduates of Klaipėda University.
Underlying scientific trend in the University is cohesive development of the Baltic region and national identity under the conditions of globalization. It is closely linked to scientific and artistic activity of other university subdivisions.
Author Andrius Pelakauskas
Presently developed Marine valley will undoubtedly contribute to integration of science and studies. It will be provided with modern scientific research laboratories, a ship for oceanographic researches and practical training of students. Necessity to establish and develop it is stimulated by rapid development of marine trade and increasing demand for marine researches, related to alteration of marine and coastal geo-systems, rational employment of natural resources, preservation of natural and cultural values, construction of deep-sea port in Klaipėda, reconstruction of Šventoji harbour and operation of Būtingė oil terminal.
The University enjoys scientific and academic partnership with 28 European and North American universities. It is involved in many international funds and programmes.
The University also develops professional artistic activities. Artistic groups of the University and individual performers achieved very high artistic results. They successfully represent the University and remain to be its recognition mark in Lithuania and elsewhere.
Top symbols of Klaipėda University are largest Lithuanian scientific research and training sailing vessel „Brabander“ and dance group „Žuvėdra“, repeated world and European sporting dance champions, internationally recognized Coastal Research and Planning Institute and Institute of Baltic Sea Region History and Archaeology.
Klaipėda University in 3 minutes video presentation