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Project Team

Elena Trepule
Ausra Rutkiene

Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) is one of the most liberal and modern universities in Lithuania, having liberal study policy, seeking and establishing successful international relations with other universities all over the world. There are 9 faculties at the University (Humanities, Economics and Management, Informatics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Catholic Theology, Arts, Law, Political Science and Diplomacy), 75 study programmes and more than 9000 students, while the number of teachers and researchers is over 500. VMU is seen as Artes Liberales University with its unique system of liberal studies, openness to the world, dissemination of liberal thought and high quality of studies.
Department of Education has undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies in Adult education and Professional  / vocational education and training as well as informal  / in-service learning programmes for adults. The main research areas of the department are adult education, assessment and evaluation, recognition of prior learning and informal learning, VET.

Since 1997 VMU researchers of Department of Education have been taking part in projects in European frameworks and multilateral, partnership and mobility, research and VET, LLP projects (Phare, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, GRU, LdV, FP5 and FP 6). VMU researchers brings expertise in project management, evaluation, validation of higher education quality and learning outcomes, training and research, ICT application in education and training, and distance learning provision and management.  

VMU the Department of Education (DE) is the official member of Lithuanian Association of Adult Education, which is the member of European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA). VMU  DE has access to partner organizations from more than 14 European member states that work specifically in the field of adult education, VET, distance learning as well as to vocational schools, colleges and universities. In 2003, 2004 and 2008 VMU DE have organized international conferences in Adult education for placements and citizenship, Adult education for civic society, Adult education and quality of distance learning, Systemic and theoretical dimensions of changes in VET. These partnership networks provide an audience to disseminate the project’s products.