The University of Vilnius, one of the oldest and most famous establishments of higher education in Eastern and Central Europe, was founded in 1579.
The mission of Vilnius University is to create, accumulate and disseminate knowledge by ensuring continuity of authentic university culture distinguished by the atmosphere where old traditions and new ideas enrich each other.
The university is committed to providing a wide spectrum of disciplines in research and teaching. University is a member of the Ultrecht Network, which unites 33 Western and Central European Universities and maintains close cooperation with the university networks in the USA, Australia and other countries. There have been signed over 90 bilateral cooperation agreements.
The University is an active participant of the European Union programmes: Life Long Learning programme, 2014-2020 Erasmus+ programme and other European Commissions programmes.
Ms. Aldona Mačiūnienė
University of Education Freiburg
The University of Education has about 5,000 students. Its final certificate enables students to apply for a job in primary and secondary schools.
The University offers in-service-training for teachers and cooperates with schools in the region to improve seminars as well as teaching material. The European certificate (“Europalehramt”) is one of the main university pillars.
The coordinating European Office cooperates strongly with all university departments as well as with universities in the region and in several European countries.
The European Office organizes a scientific “Café Europe” through which European dimension is implemented thus strengthening the University’s educational philosophy.
Prof. Dr. Olivier Mentz
University of Latvia
The University of Latvia (UL) was founded in 1919 and currently, with its 15100 students in 13 faculties studying in 130 state accredited academic and professional study programmes, is one of the largest comprehensive and leading research universities in Baltics. UL has signed 134 bilateral agreements worldwide and more than 600 cooperation agreements with 363 higher education establishments in 31 European countries within the Erasmus Programme. The agreement with Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University is signed on 2005.
The Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art (FEPA) is the second largest of 13 UL faculties with 1952 students, 17 foreign students, 28 incoming exchange students and 34 outgoing exchange students in the study year 2013/2014. FEPA offers 35 full-time and part-time study programmes – from professional bachelor to doctoral programmes.
Teacher Education Department provides the Professional Bachelor’s Study Programmes – ‘Social Pedagogue’ and ‘Teacher’ which gives the possibility for students to obtain teacher qualification in 2 different subjects (11 major subjects and 16 modules).The interuniversity master’s programme on “Educational Treatment of Diversity” is directed to students, educators and professionals working or who will work in education with people having some kind of diverse special needs derived from their own personal necessities, individual situation in particular circumstances, or from a specific deprived context. The new Professional Master’s Study Programme ‘Teacher’ ensures professional master degree studies in teacher education directed to personal well-being and coherent development of society encouraging the improvement of teacher’s competence and research activity and provides an opportunity to obtain one of the 33 subject teacher’s qualifications.
Studying bilingually – in the Latvian and English languages, the students with academic degrees can obtain teacher’s qualification to teach the respective school subject and professional Master’s degree (120 ECTS; teachers can obtain professional Master’s degree in education (60 ECTS) or professional Master’s degree and qualification of teacher of another school subject (120 ECTS).
Ms. Ligita Grigule
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt
Frankfurt University is a lively, urban and cosmopolitan university that provides an excellent atmosphere in which to research, study, think and create.
The University was founded in 1914 through private funding. Thus, the university owes its establishment to the link – which is characteristic for the city of Frankfurt – between dynamic research, the legacy of the Enlightenment, and the conscious commitment of the citizens of Frankfurt to the fundamentals of international trade and industry.
As one of the major institutions of higher education in Germany, the university is committed to providing a wide spectrum of disciplines in research and teaching, to generating achievements, and to breaking new ground through the targeted utilization of the advantages and synergies of interdisciplinary work in research and teaching.
Dr. Zakharia Pourtskhvanidze