EHU-International Chronicle

On February 13-15, 2006, A.A.Mikhailov, rector of the European Humanities University, was in Stockholm, Sweden. In meetings with Foreign Minister L. Freiwalds, Secretary General of the Council of Nordic Ministers P. Unkel, representatives of the academic community and journalists discussed the prospects for the development of educational programs in Belarus and the Baltic states.

In particular, it was agreed that a new master’s programme would be developed in the near future in cooperation with the University of South Stockholm and with the support of Sweden at EHU.

On 15 February 2006, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania agreed to establish a Belarusian European Humanities University in exile. Read the Lithuanian government’s press release in Russian and Lithuanian.

February 9, 2006. In the spring semester of the 2005-2006 academic year, the European Humanities University is moving its distance learning programs into a new learning environment. The previously used eLearning Server 3000 system will be replaced by the Moodle system that is common with Open Source. Learn more…

On 6-10 February 2006, the next session of the international project “Border of Central-Eastern Europe in the context of The New Humanisty” was taking place, launched in 2003 on the basis of E.H.U. International with the assistance of the Open Society Institute/ Higher Education Support Program (OSI/HESP). This winter school is devoted to two main themes: 1) the presentation of visual culture research in the context of the Eastern European Border and 2) “Border Education” as a problem of the introduction and application in the educational process of the apparatus of disciplines of the New Humanist. Also during the school, the project participants – teachers of various humanitarian disciplines from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova – will present their individual and group projects.

The final session of the international project “Modern Communication Philosophy and Communication Strategies in Teaching Philosophy” (2003-2006) organized by E.H.U. International with the assistance of the Open Society Institute/Higher Education Support Program (OSI/HESP, New York – Budapest) took place on January 3, 2006. The session discussed the programs developed by the participants and their experience, as well as the possibility of continuing scientific cooperation after the completion of the project. Philosophy teachers from Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Georgia, as well as a number of well-known scientists from Germany, the USA and Canada took part in the project.

On January 31, 2006, the leaders of the European Humanities University, the Institute of Lithuanian History, the Institute of Culture, Philosophy and Art Studies, the Institute of Social Research, the Institute of Lithuanian Language and the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore met at the Lithuanian History Institute. The meeting agreed on cooperation in higher education and research in the social and humanities.

On January 27, 2006, Vilnius began a one-week winter school “Teaching visual culture in a world full of images.” This is the next session of the three-year project “Visual and Cultural Research: Subject, Methods and Didactic Strategies” which is being implemented by the EHU Visual and Cultural Research Laboratory in conjunction with the University of Vilnius and the Institute of Philosophy, Culture and the Arts (Vilnius, Lithuania) with the assistance of the Higher Education Support Program (HESP). The purpose of the 2006 winter session is to present and discuss the curriculum and materials used by the project participants in their teaching practice. Also the event of the school will be the arrival of James Elkins, a professor at the Chicago Institute of the Arts. January 28-29 Prof. Elkins will hold a two-day workshop on visual literacy and the use of images as communication tools and teaching tools. See the Winter School program on the project’s website.

January 26, 2006. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution on the situation in Belarus on the eve of the presidential elections. Among other things, the resolution called on THE PACE to “respect academic freedoms and, in particular, to provide appropriate conditions for the return of the European Humanitarian University to Minsk” (p. 12.11). In addition, the Assembly calls on the European Union to “continue to support the European Humanitarian University in exile in Vilnius” (p. 15.4).

Read the full resolution here.

On January 26, 2006, the teachers of the bachelor’s program “Belarus” held a meeting with fellow historians from Lithuanian universities and academic institutions. The meeting discussed the prospects of joint educational and research programs.

January 11, 2006. On January 9-11, a seminar “Modern Communication Philosophy” was held at the University of Vilnius. The seminar was organized as part of the “Modern Communication Philosophy and Communication Strategies in Teaching Philosophy” project, which was implemented by the European Humanities University in 2003-2006. with the assistance of the Open Society Institute /Higher Education Support Program, New York – Budapest. Teachers and researchers from Minsk, Vilnius, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tbilisi and Riga took part in the seminar.

On December 28, 2005, EHU philosophy teachers met with fellow philosophers from Lithuanian universities. The purpose of the meeting was to establish contacts and develop cooperation in the field of philosophy teaching and research in this area.

On 28 November 2005, the International Council of Trustees and Donors of the European Humanities University met in Washington. During the meeting, the members of the Council expressed gratitude to the Lithuanian side for their support of the university and welcomed the participation of European donors: the European Commission, the Council of Ministers of the Nordic countries, the governments of the member states of the European Union. According to the decision of the International Council of EHU, the future activities of the university will be based on a longer-term format of funding programs. In addition, the Council has expressed great interest in establishing the International Rector Support Group, which includes rectors of leading North American and European universities.

October 24, 2005. E.H.U. International Library opened in Vilnius. Students, undergraduates, staff and faculty can study in the reading room, as well as take books at home. Follow the announcements of new arrivals to the library on our website (library section).

On October 7, 2005, a new academic year began at our university.
171 students started classes as part of the EHU bachelor’s training programs in Vilnius. More than 250 applicants from Belarus applied for admission to the full-time department of the EHU in exile. As a result of the competition, candidates who showed the best academic successes and proved their motivation to receive higher education in the EHU were enrolled in the ranks of students. Thanks to the financial support of the European Commission and a number of American and European donors, all students enrolled in the 1st year of EHU in exile this year will receive education free of charge, as well as free places in the hostel in Vilnius.
In addition to full-time students, the university’s student community has grown by 293 people who will study full-time EHU in absentia.

100 young professionals are enrolled in the EHU Master’s degree, who want to improve their level of professional competence.

On April 15, 2005, at an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers, the issue of opening the EHU in Lithuania was discussed. Read Baltic News Service in Russian and Lithuanian.

April 6, 2005. According to the Baltic News Service, citing the press service of the Lithuanian government, Lithuania is ready to accept the independent European Humanitarian University (EHU) expelled from Belarus. This was stated at the meeting of Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas with the rector of the EHU Anatoly Mikhailov. Read the full text of the news report here in Russian and Lithuanian.

March 8, 2005. March 1, 2005. The European Humanities University, a private educational institution, was announced in Minsk. Read the statement here.

December 28, 2004. Since the official registration of the EHU-International Network University, held exactly two months ago, on October 28, 2004, three organizations have already announced their accession to it: the European University of Viadrin (Frankfurt-on-Oder, Germany), the University of Vytautas the Great (Kaunas, Lithuania) and the American Council on International Education (USA).
EHU-international’s work is based on partnerships between universities and other educational institutions from different countries, joint development and provision of educational programs, and the principle of student mobility, which will be able to participate in many of these programs, including through distance learning.

November 5, 2004. At the meeting of the International Board of Trustees of the EHU on 29 October, in the presence of representatives of donor organizations, as well as representatives of the U.S. State Department and the German and Lithuanian Foreign Ministries, the Council issued a statement expressing support for the EHU-International and its activities.

Read the full statement in Russian language here.
Read the full statement in English here.

October 29, 2004.
EHU-international was officially registered on October 28, 2004. EHU-international will be based on partnerships between universities and other educational institutions from different countries.

October 21, 2004. This week, the rector of the EHU, Professor A.A. Mikhailov, met with the Vice-President of Warsaw, during which the Vice-President handed the professor a letter from the President of Warsaw, Mr. Lech Kaczynski, in which the latter expressed his readiness to support the efforts of the EHU leadership aimed at continuing the mission of the university. Following the meeting, a press conference was held in the editorial office of the newspaper Rzeczpospolita, which published this article on this issue.

In the above-mentioned letter, Mr. Kaczynski, in particular, points out that “closing … the university has angered the international community, and that the Warsaw city authorities are guaranteeing “the ability to support teachers and students wishing to continue their studies and work in Warsaw.” Read the full letter here.

On October 4, 2004, Luxembourg hosted a meeting of the General Assembly of the European Universities Foundation / Campus Europae (EUF/CE) Consortium of Universities Of Universities.

The EUF/CE General Assembly adopted a Resolution on the European Humanities University, in particular, it is noted that the European Humanities University (EHU) was and still is a full member of the EUF/CE, and that “in view of the Belarusian government’s attack on the academic freedoms and academic democratic development of the EHU, without any justification on the part of the latter, EHU has been deprived of the formal status of the university in Belarus, and, for this reason, cannot – currently – accredit their academic programs.”

Read the full text of the Resolution in Russian language here.

Read the full text of the Resolution in English here.

On October 1, 2004, the school year traditionally begins at EHU. This time we are opening the virtual doors of the “University in Exile” – EHU-International.
This new network university project is being created with the support of our friends and partners from many countries in Europe and the United States. At the head of the university, as before, the academician A.A.Mikhailov. Anyone who has studied at EHU can consider themselves EHU-International students and participate in the educational programs they offer. Welcome to the new EHU!

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