European Humanities University

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European Humanities University
Europos humanitarinis universitetas
Еўрапейскі гуманітарны ўніверсітэт
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Established 1992
Type Private, liberal arts university
Rector Prof. Dr. Anatoli Mikhailov
Dean Ryhor Miniankou, Alla Sokolova
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students ~1600
Undergraduates ~1450
Postgraduates ~150
Location Vilnius,  Lithuania
54°40′57″N 25°17′14″E / 54.68250°N 25.28722°E / 54.68250; 25.28722Coordinates: 54°40′57″N 25°17′14″E / 54.68250°N 25.28722°E / 54.68250; 25.28722
Campus Urban
Affiliations EUA, IAU, EAIE, SAR, AUF

European Humanities University (Belarusian: Еўрапейскі гуманітарны ўніверсітэт (ЕГУ), Lithuanian: Europos Humanitarinis Universitetas (EHU)) is a private, non-profit liberal arts university founded in Minsk, Belarus in 1992. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012, EHU has been headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania since authorities expelled it from Belarus in 2004. The university intends to return to Minsk.[1] It serves more than 1,500 mostly Belarusian students, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs and promoting research in the humanities and social sciences. About two-thirds of EHU's students attend via online programs and reside in Belarus. About one-third attend courses on campus in Vilnius.

From 1992 to 2004 EHU was a non-state establishment of undergraduate and post-graduate education in Belarus. In 2004, due to government opposition, EHU was forced to terminate its activities in Belarus. However, thanks to political, administrative, and financial support from the European Union, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Governments of Lithuania, other European countries, and the United States, NGOs and foundations like MacArthur Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and others, EHU managed to resume its operation in Vilnius, Lithuania and open bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for Belarusian students in autumn 2005. In February 2006 the Government of Lithuania granted EHU the official status of a Lithuanian university. Since 2011, EHU offers a Doctorate in Philosophy jointly with Vytautas Magnus University and the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute. EHU maintains close ties with the Belarusian Humanities Lyceum, a non-state secondary school also banned by the Belarusian government in 2004, from which a substantial number of EHU's students have matriculated.

After the mass protests of the Belarusian presidential election of 2010, many EHU students and teachers were imprisoned by the KGB. The university said it would work with students to help them in their education despite the circumstances.[2]



The European Humanities University (EHU) offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in both low and high residence modes as well as non-degree courses in the humanities and social sciences. Low residence students reside off-campus and participate in online courses as well as a limited number of face-to-face meetings with instructors and fellow students. High residence students attend classes in Vilnius full-time.


  • Belarusian Studies [1]
  • Media and Communication [2]
  • Sociology [3]
  • Cultural Heritage [4]
  • Media and Visual Design [5]
  • Theory and Practice of Contemporary Art [6]
  • International Law [7]
  • Political Science and European Studies [8]


  • Business Administration (Professional MBA) [9]
  • Historic and Cultural Heritage [10]
  • Public Policy [11]
  • Cultural Studies [12]
  • International Law and European Law [13]
  • Existential Psychology [14]
  • Preservation and Interpretation of Cultural Heritage [15]



  1. ^ "President Buzek meets Belarusian students from European Humanities University". Lithuania Tribune. June 9, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Студенты и преподаватели ЕГУ ожидают приговора Константин Амелюшкин,, 15 3 2011 retrieved from Delfi (web portal) on 3 16 2011, through

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