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History

Vytautas Landsbergis, Chairman of the Supreme Council (Restoration Seimas) of the Republic of Lithuania, signed Decree No. 1-640 of the SC on the establishment of Klaipėda University from 1 January 1991. Klaipėda University started its academic activity with three faculties (those of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Marine Engineering, and Pedagogy) and about 3,000 students.

1990
10-05

The first KU Senate was elected, and assoc. prof. Aleksandras Žalys became its first Chairman.

1991
02-12

Prof. Donatas Švitra was elected Rector of Klaipėda University.

1991
07-01

Klaipėda University students and faculty began their first academic year.

1991
09-01

The Faculty of Natural Sciences and Humanities was re-organised into two faculties: the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities.

1992
10-01

The second KU Senate was elected, and prof. Vytautas Smailys became its Chairman. In Klaipėda Drama Theatre, VU professor Stasys Vaitekūnas was inauguarated as the Rector of Klaipėda University.

1993
06

For the development of Klaipėda University and its academic progress, the cantonment with its structures (an area of 23,6 ha) were transferred to the University.

1993
08-28

For the first time, the New Year was celebrated in the new University campus (the former cantonment).

1993
09-01

The first edition of the newspaper Klaipėdos Universitetas was published.

1994
03

The fifth Faculty, that of Social Sciences, was established.

1994
07-01

The KU Student Union was established.

1995
metai

The inauguration of the KU Honorary Doctors :prof. Vilius Pėteraitis (Chairman of the Foundation of Lithuania Minor, Canada), prof. Vytautas Kavolis (philosopher, professor, USA), and Alfredas Vėlius (translator of the Bible into Lithuanian, USA).

1995
05-19

The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania resolved to merge the Institute of Music and Theatre Pedagogy of the Lithuanian Music Academy into Klaipėda University.

1995
07-05

The Lithuanian Heraldry Commission under the President of the Republic of Lithuania approved the Klaipėda University‘s coat of arms.

1995
08-26

On the resolution of the KU Senate, the Institute of Music and Theatre Pedagogy of the Lithuanian Music Academy was integrated into Klaipėda University.

1995
12-01

On the basis of the Centre of Professional Development, the Institute of Professional Development was established (currently renamed Institute of Continuous Studies.

1995
12-01

The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania approved the first Statute of Klaipėda University.

1995
12-14

The flag of Klaipėda University was concecrated at the Mary Queen of Peace Church in Klaipėda.

1996
02-27

The 5th anniversary celebration of Klaipėda University took place in the Musical Theatre. The building of the KU Faculty of Natural Sciences was opened. New KU Honorary Doctors, Stasys Antanas Bačkis and Alfonsas Žalys, were inaugurated.

1996
02-28

The Maritime Institute of Klaipėda University was established.

1996
07-03

The inauguration of Honorary Doctors of Klaipėda University – prof. dr. habil. Vytautas Landsbergis (Chairman of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania), Antanas Vaičius (Bishop of Telšiai and Apostolic Administrator of Klaipėda), and prof. dr. John Hiden (Head of the Baltic Research Unit at Bradford University, Great Britain) – took place.

1997
04-04

The third Senate of Klaipėda University was elected, and prof. Audronė Kaukienė became its Chair.

1997
06

The restoration of the Rector‘s Office building was completed, and it housed the offices of the Rector and Vice-Rectors and administrative departments.

1997
10

On the Resolution of the KU Senate, the Faculty of Health Sciences was established.

1998
07-11

The sculpture Bird of Longing by Algirdas Bosas was unveiled, dedicated to the memory of Drąsutis Gudelis, emigrant from Lithuania.

1999
02-27

In the meeting of the KU Senate, prof. Vytautas Smailys was elected Chairman of the Senate.

1999
10-19

President of the Republic of Lithuania V. Adamkus awarded 4th Class Orders of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas to prof. S. Idzeevičienė and assoc. prof. R. Idzelevičius, leaders of the KU dance sport club Žuvėdra. The dancers of the club were awarded 5th class Orders of Gediminas.

1999
12

On the resolution of the KU Senate, the Faculty of Natural Sciences was renamed the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

2000
01-21

The building of Evangelical Theology was opened, which housed the Department of Theology of the Faculty of Humanities, the Centre for Evangelical Theology, and the Directorate of Finance and Economy.

2000
02

The 10th anniversary of Klaipėda University was celebrated. New KU Honorary Doctors – dr. Bronislovas Lubys (Republic of Lithuania), prof. Guido Michelini (Italy), prof. Algis Mickūnas (USA), prof. Valentinas Šernas (USA), prof. Keijo Virtanen (Finland) – were inauguarated.

2001
01-11

The opening of the Evangelical Chapel of the Centre for Theology, the Faculty of Humanities, Klaipėda University took place.

2001
10-26

The fourth Senate of Klaipėda University was elected. Prof. Stasys Vaitekūnas was approved as its Chairman.

2002
01

After the restoration, the building of the Faculties of Humanities and Health Sciences of Klaipėda University was opened.

2002
02-05

On the initiative of Klaipėda University and the Republic of Lithuania Ministry of  Economy, the Klaipėda Science and Technology Park was established as a bridge between science and business both in the Western Region of, and throughout, Lithuania.

2002
09-06

In a ceremonial meeting of the Klaipėda University Council and Senate, prof. Vladas Žulkus was inaugurated as the Rector of Klaipėda University.

2002
12-13

The fifth restored building was opened, to house the KU Senate, the Klaipėda University Press, the Directorate of Economy, the Department of International Relations, the Internal Audit Service, the Department of Field Traineeships and Expeditions, and the University bookstore.

2003
06-06

The Klaipėda Science and Technology Park was opened in the Klaipėda University campus.

2004
01-16

Into the restored turret of building 6 (Herkaus Manto Street 84), a stainless stell capsule was bricked with a letter to future generations, signed by the Klaipėda University Rector prof. Vladas Žulkus and the Chairman of the Senate prof. Stasys Vaitekūnas.

2005
05

The 15th anniversary of Klaipėda University was celebrated. In the KU Senate meeting hall, the mural The Construction of the University by J. Vosylius was unveiled. A ceremonial meeting of the Senate and the Council took place in the Concert Hall of the KU Faculty of Arts (K. Donelaičio Str. 4).

2006
02-10

During the academic year opening ceremony in the Klaipėda University campus, a monument to Ernestas Galvanauskas, the first Rector of the pre-war Institute of Economics in Klaipėda, an outstanding political figure of the state of Lithuania and its Prime Minister, was unveiled.

2006
09-04

The new building of Klaipėda University housing classrooms and a conference hall was opened (Herkaus Manto Str. 84).

2006
11-15

One of the largest sailboats in Lithuania, a scientific research and training schooner Brabander, was acquired for student traineeships and marine expeditions.

2006
metai

The fifth KU Senate was elected, and prof. Daiva Kšanienė was approved as its Chair.

2007
01

In the ceremonial meeting of the Senate and the Council of Klaipėda University, prof. dr. habil. Vladas Žulkus, re-elected Rector for the second term of office, was inaugurated.

2008
01-25

The Government of the Republic of Lithuania approved the Valley programme; during its implementation, a contemporary infrastructure for the common needs of the Lithuanian maritime sector research, studies, and technological development was to be built, the research outcomes were to be more actively applied in production and business, conditions for a closer interaction of the maritime science, studies, and business were to be provided, and the competitiveness of Lithuanian maritime science and technologies in the international market was to be boosted.

2008
07-23

In a ceremonial meeting of the KU Senate, His Excellency Valdas Adamkus was inaugurated as an Honorary Doctor of Klaipėda University.

2008
09-12

In the University campus, a sculpture A Wave was unveiled, dedicated to the memory of Martynas Reisgys, an outstanding activist of the Klaipėda Region. The sculpture was funded by the Reisgys family.

2009
04-02

The Klaipėda University Alumni Club KU Alumni was set up.

2010
01-04

In a ceremonial meeting of the KU Senate, new Honorary Doctors of Klaipėda University were inaugurated: prof. dr. Andrej P. Klemešev (the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University) and prof. dr. Jochen D. Range (the University of Greifswald).

2010
06-03

The project Development of the Marine Valley Nucleus and Renewal of the Study Infrastructure (JŪRA) of an integrated research, studies, and business centre (valley) for the development of the Lithuanian maritime sector was launched.

2010
metai

On 4 January 2011, Klaipėda University changed its status from a state budgetary institution into a public institution.

2011
01-04

A ceremonial celebration of the 20th anniversary of Klaipėda University took place in the Klaipėda Concert Hall (Šaulių Str. 36, Klaipėda). His Excellency Valdis Zatlers, President of the Republic of Latvia, was inaugurated as an Honorary Doctor of Klaipėda University.

2011
02-11

KU Council elected prof. dr. Vaidutis Laurėnas as Rector of Klaipėda University.

2011
12-06

The sixth KU Senate was elected, and prof. Kęstutis Dučinskas was approved as its Chairman.

2012
01

 

In Austria, the dancesport formation team Žuvėdra won the European championship for the 8th time.

2012
05

Klaipėda University was accredited for 6 years.

2012
09

Two Honorary Doctors, prof. Tomas Venclova and Adam Michnik, were inauguarated.

2012
11

In Germany, the dancesport formation team Žuvėdra won the world vice-champion title.

2012
12

An agreement with the UAB Kvalitetas on the development of the quality management system and its implementation at Klaipėda University was signed.

2013
01

Two Honorary Doctors, prof. dr. Vytautas Jakelaitis and prof. dr. Viktoras Vytautas Klemas, were inaugurated.

2013
06

The keel of the KU research vessel was laid.

2013
12

The newspaper of Klaipėda University celebrated its 20th anniversary.

2014
04

A ceremony to mark the start of construction work on a Business Incubator took place.

2014
04

The name MINTIS for a new Klaipėda University research vessel was chosen.

2014
04

Prof. habil. dr. Eimutis Juzeliūnas was elected the fifth Rector of Klaipėda University.

2014
08

Klaipėda University received Quality Management Certificates, witnessing the compliance with the requirements for standards ISO 9001, ISO 1401, OHSAS 18001, and SA 8000.

2014
08

Ceremonial opening of the reconstructed square of the Klaipėda University campus.

2014
09

A KU research vessel Mintis launching ceremony took place.

2014
09

The Klaipėda University research vessel was officially given the name Mintis. Its Godmother was Her Excellency Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania.

2014
11

At Klaipėda University, the start of the construction of the first dormitory was officially announced.

2014
12

The KU magazine MENS LIBERA was first published.

2014
12

On 1 January, prof. dr. habil. Eimutis Juzeliūnas was inauguarated as the Rector of Klaipėda University.

2015
01

Živilė Krikštaponytė was elected a new President of the Klaipėda University Student Union.

2015
03

On 4 May, KU hosted a forum Marine Valley: Successful Cases of Business and Science Partnerships, with the participation of the Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius.

2015
05

On 27 May, Klaipėda University was visited by Amir Maimon, Ambassador of the State of Israel to Lithuania.

2015
05

Klaipėda University celebrates its 25th anniversary.

2015
09

On 25 September, the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences hosted the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Klaipėda University.

2015
09

On 5 October, the establishment of Klaipėda University was commemorated in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.

2015
10

On 9 October, the vessel Mintis was visited by the Swedish Royal Family.

2015
10

On 27 November, a festive evening of Research and Business Partnerships was held at Klaipėda University.

2015
11

On 29 January, a festive evening of the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Klaipėda University took place in the Klaipėda Concert Hall.

2016
01