Lithuanian Sports University
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|Lithuanian Sports University|
|Lietuvos sporto universitetas|
|Lithuanian Sports University|
|Rector||Prof. Dr. Habil. Albertas Skurvydas|
Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) is located in Kaunas city, LSU can trace its origins back to 1934 when the President of Lithuania, Mr. Antanas Smetona, established the Higher Courses of Physical Education (HCPE) offering a higher education degree. The HCPE were founded with the idea of combining the subjects of physical exercises and military training so that the graduates would be able to teach these subjects in gymnasiums. In 1938 the HCPE were closed and their function was taken over by the Department of Physical Education established at Vytautas Magnus University. In 1945 Lithuanian State Institute of Physical Education was founded as an independent institution. In the first year, 100 students were enrolled at the Institute. In 1999 the Institute was renamed the Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education by a resolution of the Parliament of Lithuania (Seimas). In 2012 the Academy was renamed the Lithuanian Sports University and in 2014 the University celebrated its 80th Anniversary.
The University consists of 2 faculties:
- Faculty of Sport Biomedicine
- Faculty of Sport Education
- Department of Applied Biology and Rehabilitation
- Department of Coaching Science
- Department of Health, Physical and Social Education
- Department of Sport Management, Economics and Sociology
- Institute of Sport Science and Innovations
- National Wellness Institute
- Career and Competence Development Centre
- Centre for Academic Quality Supervision
- Sports and Leisure Centre
- European Basketball Research Centre
The University offers 19 study programmes: 8 undergraduate programmes at Bachelor level (including two international programmes delivered in English), 9 Master and 2 Doctoral study programmes (in Biomedical Sciences and Social Sciences).
International study programmes Bachelor degree
- Sports Coaching
- European Bachelor in Physical Activity and Lifestyle
- Sports Physiology and Genetics
- Adapted Physical Activity
- Physical Activity and Public Healt
- Tourism and Sports Management
- European Basketball Coaching Science (in partnership with the University of Worchester, UK)
- Education (Social sciences)
- Biology (Biomedical sciences) - joint doctoral studies with the University of Tartu, Estonia
Lithuanian Sports University is an open European university, constantly creating and providing study programmes for all three cycles as well as continuous education programmes based on the latest research and technologies. LSU Strategic areas of research:
- Coaching Science, Sports Physiology and Genetics
- Skeletal Muscles, Motor Control and Rehabilitation
- Health, Physical and Social Education in the Society Undergoing Changes
- Leisure Management, Economics and Sociology
- Physiological and Social Aspects of Empowerment of Disabled
Researchers at the University are famous for high achievements in sports science and research not only in Lithuania but also abroad. Their articles are published in prestigious scientific journals, and they are read and appreciated by the elite in the world sports science. Researchers and teachers actively participate in national and international scientific conferences. University itself organizes scientific seminars, symposia and scientific conferences.
- "Education. Physical Training. Sport" / Baltic Journal of Sport and Health Sciences
- "Rehabilitation Sciences: Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy"
- Online Journal "Leisure Time Research"
The LSU seeks to develop partnership with higher education institutions and organisations from different countries, aiming to mutually benefit from the diversity of educational practices and cultural values, and develop its identity recognisable by other universities and community at large. The LSU has academic exchange agreements with over 70 European Universities and holds active membership in 14 international organisations and networks. Every year the University sends and receives increasing numbers of students and teachers through in the framework of such academic mobility programmes as Erasmus+ and Nordplus. The International Relations Office (IRO) offers support with the aim to create opportunities for local students to get a taste of Europe and for international students to experience the student life in Lithuania.
- Virgilijus Alekna, Olympic discus throwing champion;
- Valdemaras Chomičius, Olympic basketball champion;
- Rimas Kurtinaitis, Olympic basketball champion;
- Modestas Paulauskas, Olympic basketball champion;
- Gintarė Scheidt, Olympic silver medallist sailor;
- Birutė Šakickienė, Olympic bronze medallist rower;
- Algirdas Šocikas, European boxing champion.
Kaunas city is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading center of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. Kaunas was the biggest city and the center of a powiat in Trakai Voivodeship of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania since 1413. In Russian Empire it was the capital of the Kaunas Governorate from 1843 to 1915. It became the only temporary capital city in Europe during the Interwar period. Kaunas is located at the confluence of the two largest Lithuanian rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris, and near the Kaunas Reservoir, the largest body of water entirely in Lithuania.
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