Kaunas University of Technology

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Kaunas University of Technology
Kauno technologijos universitetas
KTU logo.svg
MottoScientia, ingenium, virtus
Motto in English
Knowledge, ability, strength
Typepublic
Established1922
RectorEugenijus Valatka
Studentsmore than 9,000 (according to 2019 data)
more than 300 (according to 2019 data)
Location,
AffiliationsCESAER, ECIU, EUA, SEFI, NORDTEK
Websitektu.edu
Kaunas University of Technology logo.svg
Kaunas University of Technology Science and Technology Center

Kaunas University of Technology (abbreviated as KTU, Lithuanian: Kauno technologijos universitetas) is a public research university located in Kaunas, Lithuania. Established in 1922, KTU has been one of the top centers of Lithuanian science education. According to Lithuanian National University Rankings conducted in 2021, KTU was the second best university in Lithuania.[1] The primary language of education is Lithuanian, though there are courses that are taught jointly in Lithuanian and English or solely English.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The origins of KTU are in the University of Lithuania established on 16 February 1922.[2] On 8 June 1930 the university was named Vytautas Magnus University. The university then consisted of seven faculties consisting of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Faculty of Evangelical Theology, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Technology. The beginning of 1940 saw the reorganization of Vytautas Magnus University with The Faculties of Law and Humanities being transferred to the University of Vilnius.

World War II and the Soviet era[edit]

On 21 August 1940, following the Soviet occupation, the university was renamed to the University of Kaunas. In the autumn of 1940 the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences was transferred to the University of Vilnius. After the German occupation in 1941,[3] the university was once again renamed to Vytautas Magnus University with 5 faculties: Theology, Philosophy, Technology, Civil Engineering and Mathematics. On 17 March 1943, the university was closed.

On 13 November 1944, the Soviet government reopened the university and, until 1946, it operated under the name of Kaunas National Vytautas Magnus University. In June 1949 the Faculty of History and Theology was closed. In 1950 the University of Kaunas was reorganized into Kaunas Polytechnic Institute (KPI) and Kaunas Medical Institute. Throughout the Soviet era, the KPI resisted Russification and, in particular, kept teaching in the Lithuanian language.[2]

Under the influence of Perestroika, the government of Lithuanian SSR reinstated the school's university status. In 1989, Vytautas Magnus University was re-established as a separate university from KPI.[4] In 1990, KPI renamed to its current name of Kaunas University of Technology.

Since 1990[edit]

Following the restoration of independence, the institution rapidly adopted the Western standards. In 1992, the university, in accordance with the Law on Science and Education, started implementing a two-level degree program of higher education and a new procedure of awarding research degrees and academic titles. In 1998, the university joined Magna Charta of the European Universities and became a member of the European University Association and the International Association of Universities.

Education[edit]

KTU Student Campus

Kaunas University of Technology has 122 study programmes, of which 48 are Bachelor’s, 54 are Master’s, 19 are Doctoral and 1 – non-degree student programmes. 56 of them are taught in English. University has more than 9,000 students, of which more than 6,600 are Bachelor’s, 2,000 are Master’s and 320 are Doctoral students. 6.5 percent of them are foreign.[5] All of that fits into 9 faculties of KTU. KTU also engages in research of physical, technological and social sciences, and experimental development, while research of biomedical sciences and humanities is also promoted. All of that fits into 8 research institutes of KTU.

Institutes[edit]

KTU hall
  • Biomedical Engineering Institute
  • Institute of Aviation & Aeronautical
  • Food Institute
  • Institute of Architecture and Construction
  • Institute of Environmental Engineering
  • Institute of Materials Science
  • Institute of Mechatronics
  • Kazimieras Baršauskas Ultrasound Research Institute
  • Health Telematics Science Institute

Education in English[edit]

The following programs are offered entirely in English for bachelors and masters levels.

Bachelor's level programs[edit]

  • Faculty of Chemical Technology
    • Chemical Technology and Engineering
    • Food Science and Technology
  • School of Economics and Business
    • Business Digitalization Management
  • Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
    • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
    • Intelligent Robotics Systems
    • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Faculty of Informatics
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Informatics
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
    • Materials Physics and Nanotechnologies
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design
    • Aviation Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechatronics
    • Vehicle Engineering
  • Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
    • Communication Studies and Information Management Technologies
    • New Media Language
    • Public Governance and Civil Society
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture
    • Architecture
    • Civil Engineering

Master's level programs[edit]

  • Faculty of Chemical Technology
    • Applied Chemistry
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Food Science and Safety
    • Industrial Biotechnlogy
  • School of Economics and Business
    • Accounting and Auditing
    • International Business
  • Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Control Technologies
    • Electronics Engineering
    • Energy Technologies and Economics
  • Faculty of Informatics
    • Artificial Intelligence in Computer Science
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
    • Materials Physics
    • Medical Physics
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design
    • Aeronautical Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering and Management
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechatronics
    • Sustainable Management and Production
    • Vehicle Engineering
  • Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
    • Public Policy and Security
    • Translation and Localization of Technical Texts
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture
    • Architecture
    • Structural and Building Products Engineering
  • Panevėžys Faculty of Technologies and Business
    • Control Technologies
University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[6]751-800
THE World[7]1001+
USNWR Global[8]1245

Events[edit]

  • In 1998 the KTU Regional Business Incubator was established. It is the first technological business incubator in Lithuania, providing support to enterprises interested in starting new businesses.[9]
  • In 2008, Rymantas Jonas Kažys[10] was awarded with the National Award for Partnership Advancement for creating technologies of supersonic measurement and diagnostics and for the commencement of European scientific research and practice.
  • In 2010, Jurgis Kazimieras Staniškis, head of the Institute of Environmental Engineering, was awarded the Baltic Sea Award 2010.[11] Staniškis is currently the only Lithuanian scientist to receive this award.
  • In 2010 an agreement on the Integrated Science, Studies and Business Center (Valley)[12] of Santaka sponsorship of the first investment project was signed. The implementation of this project will result in the establishment of a world-class National open-access R&D Center within the KTU Student Campus in Kaunas. The Center will primarily focus in such areas as sustainable chemistry, mechatronics, information and communication technology, and sustainable energy resources, which are a substantial part of the Lithuanian economy and comprise a significant part of its export.
  • On the 13 October 2017, Klaus Schwab, head of the World Economic Forum, became the 45th Honorary Doctor of Kaunas University of Technology for "spreading the knowledge on economy and innovative ideas, for fostering social entrepreneurship and support for young businesses, and for his contribution into developing the concept of the Fourth Industrial Revolution".[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paskelbti geriausių mokyklų ir universitetų reitingai – lyderiai pozicijų neužleidžia". lrt.lt (in Lithuanian). 12 May 2021. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b "KTU history". KTU Museum. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Kaunas: dates and facts. Electronic directory". Datos.kvb.lt. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  4. ^ "VDU istorija". 4 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Apie KTU vienu žvilgsniu | Kauno technologijos universitetas". Kaunas University of Technology. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Kaunas University of Technology".
  7. ^ World University Rankings 2018
  8. ^ US News Rankings 2018
  9. ^ "History". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  10. ^ "World recognized leader in ultrasound celebrates 50th anniversary | K…". Archived from the original on 8 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Prof. Jurgis K. Staniškis Wins Baltic Sea Award | KAUNAS UNIVERSITY O…". Archived from the original on 10 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Ministry of Education and Science". Smm.lt. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Professor Klaus Schwab, the Founder of WEF to Become the 45th Honorary Doctor of KTU". Archived from the original on 22 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Prof K. Schwab, founder of WEF to become the 45th Honorary Doctor of KTU". The Lithuania Tribune. 5 October 2017. Archived from the original on 22 December 2020.

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Coordinates: 54°53′55″N 23°54′44″E / 54.89861°N 23.91222°E / 54.89861; 23.91222