In 2020, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University changed its logo and identity — going from VGTU to VILNIUS TECH. Their mission, however, remains the same: to nurture responsible, creative and competitive graduates with keen insight on science, technology and culture.
According to rector Prof. Alfonsas Daniūnas, the university is aiming for further digitalisation of studies, as well as more focus on artificial intelligence, robotics and areas related to the jobs of the future. “We must look ahead to educate professionals for the job market of the future and focus on interdisciplinary studies,” shares Daniūnas. “We have established a strong international recognition, but our mission is to contribute to the further development and progress of Lithuania.”
The rebranding is rooted in the university’s main values and strategic goals. “Technology is the essence of our university: it’s our roots, the presence and the future,” explains Daniūnas. “We do have good competencies in architecture, creative industries and economics; nevertheless, our major driving force is technology, and that sets us apart from other universities. VILNIUS TECH expresses it the best.”
Established in 1956, VILNIUS TECH is one of the biggest research universities in the country, with strong emphasis on university-business cooperation. Its vision is to be recognised in Lithuania and beyond as a prestigious technical institute of higher education. Currently, VILNIUS TECH is ranked 38th in the QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia University Rankings 2021.
With the rebranding, rector Daniūnas believes a new wave of energy will boost the university’s drive and inspire them to greater ambitions. “The university, as any other organisation, is moving forward and our achievements in various areas are impressive; thus, our corporate identity must reflect who we truly are,” he shares.
Quality education in one of the most dynamic tech and business scenes in Europe today
VILNIUS TECH offers modern, career-oriented programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate level: Antanas Gustaitis‘ Aviation Institute; Environmental Engineering; Architecture; Electronics; Fundamental Sciences; Creative Industries; Mechanics; Civil Engineering; Transport Engineering; and Business Management.
The university’s academic offerings focus on Engineering, Technology and IT. Students can take their pick from a wide selection of programmes such as: Information Technologies, Information Systems Engineering, Information and Communication Technologies; Information and Information Technologies Security. These programmes are backed by industry insight — companies play an active role in developing them, providing vision and refining subjects according to labour market needs.
Cutting-edge facilities complement this, enabling VILNIUS TECH students to reach their full potential. It has the biggest research labs in the region for civil engineering. As the university’s main focus areas are in sustainable building, this allows students to benefit from new discoveries related to smart building structures; low emissions building materials and technologies; building information modelling; as well as the sustainable life cycle of structures and geodetic technologies.
These programmes and VILNIUS TECH’s innovative ethos bode well for those with ambitions to break into Lithuania’s booming tech scene. Several well-known multinationals have expanded to tap into the country’s local talent base, including Skype, Google, Western Union, Barclays, Uber, Revolut, Wix, Nasdaq, Unity and Adform.
Startups are loving the country’s business-friendly policies — according to Startup Lithuania, the country is ranked 11th globally for ease of doing business, second in the world for procedures to start a business and third for lowest profit tax in the EU. The infrastructure here offers the ideal environment for startups to start their growth: science, innovation and technology parks, business accelerators and incubators, co-working spaces and hubs, sandboxes and more. What’s more, the country has the fastest public Wifi speed in the world, the highest internet bandwidth in CEE and is fourth in the EU for digital public services for businesses.
A dynamic campus in a beautiful country
One of the highlights of studying at VILNIUS TECH is the opportunity to join one of their many sporting clubs. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced athlete; an adventure junkie looking for your next bucket list activity, or simply looking to find your inner self, students will certainly find a home with one or more of the school’s affiliated sporting clubs. There are various options for participants, ranging from basketball, volleyball, football, and tennis to wrestling, powerlifting and track and field. Students represent the university in inter-university, national, international, European and world championships and tournaments.
Located only 15 minutes from the city centre by car, VILNIUS TECH students can explore all the beautiful Lithuanian capital has to offer. Sample specialties like “kepta duona,” (bread fried and covered in cheese sauce), “cepelinai,” (pork-filled potato dumpling topped with bacon sauce) and “saltibarsciai.” (cold beet soup). Check out Town Hall Square, where there are Soviet-era pubs that open until 3 a.m. Look at the skies for hot air balloons that fly over it in droves, usually in the morning and at night — it is one of the only European cities to allow this. It’s absolutely worth it to jump into one of those baskets. Experience all this while earning a world-class degree at VILNIUS TECH and getting a headstart at one of Europe’s most vibrant tech scenes — learn more here.