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On May 25, 2006, another session of the EHU Senate was held. At the beginning of the session, the Senate said goodbye to its member Prof. Rolandas Pavilionis, who died on 10 May 2006, observed a minute of silence in his memory.

Prof. Pavilenis, a Lithuanian politician, member of the European Parliament and former rector of vilnius University, was a loyal friend and associate of EHU, who made an invaluable contribution to the rebirth of the university in exile. The European Humanities University mourns the death of a friend and expresses its condolences to his family. Learn more

On 23 May 2006, the European Humanities University was visited by Nordic officials, including Ms. Berit Andnor, Swedish Minister for Social Affairs and Nordic Cooperation, Mr. Per Unkel, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers (SMSS), Mr. Teppo Hayskanen, Director of the SMSS office in Vilnius, representatives of Denmark and Iceland. The participants of the foreign delegation met with the leadership of EHU and the University of Roemeris, discussed the needs of the EHU and the prospects for further cooperation. During the meeting with the students, the possibilities of academic and cultural exchanges were discussed.
The delegation’s arrival was connected with the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Vilnius office of the SMSS. Since the beginning of 2006, the SMSS office in Lithuania has been coordinating a joint project between the SMSS and the European Commission to support the EHU.

On 9 May 2006, representatives of leading international donor organizations and the diplomatic corps met in Vilnius to discuss the strategy for the further development of the EHU at the international board of trustees of the European Humanitarian University and the donor conference.

McArthur Foundation press release

May 5, 2006. On May 2-4, a seminar was held in Vilnius. During the meetings of the management, teachers and students of the EHU with representatives of the Belarusian Humanitarian Lyceum (BGL) the issues of more effective cooperation in the preparation of future humanitarians were discussed. Academician A. Mikhailov and director of BGL V. Kolos signed on May 5 “Damova ab Uzaemadzeyanna”

April 24, 2006. From April 16 to 23, the Gallery “Galera” (ResPUBLUBLIKS, Lithuania) hosted a photo exhibition “Chronicles of Awakening.” This exhibition is one of the video sources of objective information about the Minsk protests on March 19-25, 2006. 13 amateur photographers and photographers – mostly current or former EHU students – captured the events in which they themselves took an active part. Organizers and sponsors of the exhibition: Olga Melguy, United Center for Belarusian Initiatives, European Humanities University.

April 17, 2006. The program “Social Transformations in the Border – Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova” has announced a competition for grants for researchers from Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. The program is supported by the Carnegie Corporation, New York and the Administrative Assistance of the American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS) and the American Center for Education and Research (ACER).

See the terms of the competition (MS Word files) for individual and collective grants. Documents are accepted until May 31, 2006.

On April 4, 2006, the EHU hosted a roundtable on the political analysis of the presidential elections held in Belarus. It was attended by teachers and students of political science of EHU – bachelor’s and master’s programs in European studies and master’s degrees for leaders and activists of non-governmental organizations. There was a discussion about the election strategies of candidates for the presidency of the Republic of Belarus and the prospects for the country’s development after the presidential elections. The participants offered to hold a regular analytical seminar on the socio-political situation in Belarus.

On April 1, 2006, the second stage of the “Social Transformations in Border- Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova” project began. The main goal of the project in the new phase of its work is to create a network of young teachers and researchers in the social and humanities, as well as the creation of independent interdisciplinary and interregional research groups.

March 31, 2006. On March 30-31, Prague hosted the colloquium “Autonomy and Responsibility of Universities in the 21st Century” of the Commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Culture, Science and Education, which heard the testimony of the rector of the European Humanities University Prof. Anatoly Mikhailova and a number of students who were persecuted for political reasons and were expelled from Belarusian universities.

As a result of the colloquium’s work, the Commission adopted a statement strongly condemning the violation of the principle of academic freedom in the Republic of Belarus. The statement reads in part: “The Commission welcomes the support provided by the international community and, in particular, Lithuania, to the European Humanities University, which was expelled from Minsk (Belarus) and currently works in Vilnius. The Commission called on member governments, as well as universities in Europe, to cooperate with the European Humanities University and establish student exchanges and teacher exchanges.”

PACE press release in Russian and English.

On March 28, 2006, the first session of the EHU Senate was held after the official registration of the university in Lithuania. A number of rulings and a statement were adopted at the Senate, which reads: “We, members of the ESU Senate, give a letter to the patrabavaanna summoned the z-pad aryshta, yakya prahodzyl, the Pass of the pez-yenk. We are abulana parushenem akademy right moladze, yak pas palty matyvas turn off the Belarusian VNU. The Senate is zayaya ab zaya gato-gassy for pratsyau on adpavednya pragrams of the ESU Student, yakya strycula such magchimastsy y Belarus.”

On March 27, 2006, a regional seminar “Exploring the East/European Frontier” was held, with which the first stage of the program “Social Transformations in the Border – Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova” was completed. The results of the three-year programme’s activities were summed up, as well as the development goals for the second phase of the programme.

On March 24, 2006, at 10 a.m., a signing ceremony was held in Vilnius between the Council of Ministers of the Nordic Countries (SMSS) and the European Humanitarian University (EHU) to support this Belarusian university in exile. The contract, worth 2.78 million euros, allows 350 students from Belarus to study at the EHU for three years under various bachelor’s and master’s programs.

The treaty between SMSS and EHU was signed by Mr. Per Unkel, Secretary General of the Northern Ministers’ Council, and Mr. Anatoly Mikhailov, Rector of the European Humanities University. The signing ceremony was attended by the heads of EU embassies in Lithuania, representatives of the Lithuanian ministries of foreign affairs and education and the administration of the University of Roemeris, students, teachers and the administration of the EHU. Before signing the agreement, Mr. Teppo Hayskanen, Director of the Lithuanian Office of the Council of Ministers of The Nordic Countries, addressed the audience. The address of the European Commissioner for Foreign Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrera-Waldner and the Norwegian Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers were also read out during the ceremony.

SMSS press release (English, Lithuanian and Russian)
Signing ceremony programme (in English and Russian)

March 21, 2006. The European Humanities University has published new master’s enrolment rules and announced the start of admission to master’s programs for the 2006-2007 academic year. For more information on the conditions of admission to the master’s degree, see here. Press release.

On March 9, 2006, U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania Steven D. Mull met with students, faculty and staff at the European Humanities University. The meeting was also attended by the ambassadors of Finland and Sweden in Lithuania, the director of the Vilnius office of the Nordic Council of Ministers, representatives of the Lithuanian ministries of education and foreign affairs, and the administration of the University of Roemeris. Mr. Mull conveyed the words of greeting from U.S. President George W. Bush, gave a speech on the role of the EHU in the process of democratization of Belarus, and answered questions from students.

Text of the speech by the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania Stephen D. Mallah (in English and Lithuanian).

The text of the letter from U.S. President George W. Bush (English, Lithuanian and Russian).

On March 7, 2006, a number of factions of the German Federal Parliament issued a statement “Belarus on the eve of the 2006 presidential elections.” Noting the increasing political control over the education system in Belarus, which led to the closure of the European Humanities University and its expulsion, as well as the use of repressive measures against schoolchildren and students participating in the activities of the opposition, the parliamentarians called on the Federal Government to “continue to support academic cooperation with the European University of Humanities – International in Vilnius and universities in Belarus” (p.3 of Title II). Read the statement document on the German Parliament’s website (in German).

March 1, 2006. The European Humanities University has announced the next admission of students to the programs of bachelor’s and part-time education for the 2006-2007 academic year. For more information on the rules of enrollment on bachelor’s programs, click here. Press release.

Congratulatory Message from the Rector of the EHU International

December 31, 2004.

Congratulatory message from the Rector of the EHU, Academician Anatoly Arsenyevich Mikhailov

Dear students!
Dear colleagues!

The coming year of 2005 we have to meet in radically changed circumstances.

After 12 years of the existence of the European Humanities University, the actions of the authorities, who have not been able to clearly and intelligently explain the reasons for the revocation of the license, an attempt was made to massacre one of the most famous higher education institutions, which contributed to the multiplication of the intellectual potential of the country and strengthening its international authority. As a result, the fate of thousands of people was destroyed, the prestige of Belarus was irreparably damaged. Hundreds of students were scattered around universities around the world, and many of the teachers and staff lost their jobs. In 2004, Belarus was called a country where universities are closed.

The reaction to this blatant lawlessness was the unprecedented solidarity of the world academic community, with the support of which the university in exile, EHU-International, is being established. In response to attempts to isolate the country’s education and doom it to provincialism, it is envisaged that more ambitious, internationally recognized, educational programmes will be created. Of course, this will require the utmost effort from all those for whom personal dignity and professionalism are a principle of life, not just an empty declaration.

Please accept the most sincere congratulations on the upcoming New Year, which should be a year of rebirth so dear to us all of the European Humanities University!

A. Mikhailov

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.

December 22, 2004. The EHU Gender Research Center has released “Calendar 2005: Women on the Front Line” from the series “Women of Belarus: History in Everyday Life.” The calendar is dedicated to a topic still unpopular with military historians – military daily life: on the front, in the rear, in the occupied territories. We know a lot about the war- and we don’t know much. How did people live every day in the Belarusian land occupied for three years? Did the children go to school? What was the partisan life? Women’s military daily life? Soviet posters? And what was depicted on the German agitators, who called to work in the Reich? Read more here.

December 16, 2004. The Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Social and Humanities at the European Humanities University (CASE) conducted a research seminar on the Eastern European Frontier.

December 1, 2004. The Institute of German Studies announces the start of German and European Studies classes from 3 December in the form of “short courses” to be held from December 2004 to March 2005 in German. See more information (in German) about the classes on offer and their schedule here.

November 24, 2004. The Presidency of the Conference of Rectors of the Universities of Poland (Konferencja Rektorow Akademickich Szkolskich – KRASP) adopted a resolution on November 18, 2004 supporting the initiative of KRASP members supporting EHU students to continue their studies in Poland. The resolution also calls on other KRASP members to allow EHU students to continue their studies in Poland in full-time or part-time departments (undergraduate, master’s or doctoral studies), or to provide them with other forms of assistance.

The full text of the resolution (in Polish, pdf format) can be read here.

November 18, 2004. EHU-International is the European Humanities University and the NEW LINE Youth Education Club. opening a series of meetings of the philosophical youth club WWLI-EHU (Internet project “The World in Which We Live” / World We Live In – WWLI).

The first meeting on “What does it mean to BE FREE?” will take place on Sunday, November 21, at 4 p.m. at: EHU, Skaryna Ave., 24, Aud. 307. Admission is free, everyone is invited!

November 17, 2004. The rector of EHU and the President of EHU-International, academician A.A.Mikhailov, sent their congratulations to all EHU students on International Student Day.

November 15, 2004. The Center for Gender Studies of the European Humanities University in Minsk announces the launch of the “Gender and (post)Soviet Nations” project.

For more information, join the project or be included in the list of researchers, we ask you to send a message to e-mail: gender@ehu.by (theme: “gender and nation”). In the message, please include your name, position, contact details, as well as a short – 3-5 lines – description of scientific interests.

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.

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!