Klaipėda University is a multidisciplinary educational institution, a national and Baltic Region leader in the field of marine sciences and studies integrated into international academic networks, fosterer of cultural heritage, and a centre for lifelong learning.
Established on 1 January 1991, Klaipėda University started with three faculties; currently, its academic provision is delivered by three faculties and three research and study institutes.
The University has about 4,000 students. Over 34633 students have graduated from that Alma Mater, including doctors of sciences, members of the Seimas and the Government, executives of large companies, engineers, prominent cultural figures, performers, and educators.
Over 60 scientific research laboratories, a research vessel- laboratory Mintis, a research and training sailboat Brabander, and a yacht Odyssey as integral part of the KU marine research infra- structure play an important role in the University research activities; the KU community have access to under half a million copies of documents in the library funds; the University has its own publishing house and a botanical garden. The infrastructure is sufficient for the successful development of international level cultural activities, fundamental and applied research, and research and development projects in the fields of the humanities, physical, biomedical, technological, and social sciences.
Every year, the University implements over 60 international and national scientific projects, cooperates with academic and research partners in the countries of Europe and the world, and participates in the activities of international funds, programmes, and networks.
Klaipėda University was established in the area unique from the economic, cultural, and geopolitical viewpoint: on the Lithuanian seacoast, in the only Lithuanian seaport which is to be developed as a metropolitan centre at the national level and is to increase the international competitiveness of Lithuania as a maritime state.
Since 2008, Klaipėda University has been implementing a national programme of the Marine Valley, an integrated science, studies, and business centre for the development of the Lithuanian maritime sector, and thus consistently consolidating its leadership in the area of maritime sciences and technologies. As the final stage of the programme, on 14 February 2018, a building of advanced laboratories of the Marine Research Institute was opened, boasting a contemporary research infrastructure intended for the development of fundamental and applied science, competitive in an international market, and for the training of highly qualified specialists for the Lithuanian maritime sector.
The research on the history and culture of East Prussia, Lithuania Minor (Prussian Lithuania), and Klaipėda Region carried out at the University provides information about the historical, linguistic, confessional, musical, and ethnic heritage.
The study programmes presently implemented at Klaipėda University provide advanced university education and high professional qualification. Klaipėda University seeks to educate future specialists and personalities, to develop humanist and cultural values, and to promote a maritime mentality in the city and the nation.