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Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) is one of the best and is the largest institution of higher education in biomedical sciences in Lithuania with 100 years of academic experience and great potential for development. Medical teaching and research are primarily based on cooperation with the largest health care institution in the Baltic States – the Hospital of LSMU “Kauno klinikos”. Veterinary Academy is the only establishment in Lithuania to train veterinary surgeons. A number of other health-related programmes (Odontology, Pharmacy, Food Sciences, Public Health, Nursing, etc.) are offered to students here. You will get an opportunity to expand and deepen your knowledge in a variety of disciplines, to improve your skills within the modern and innovative environment and to become highly qualified specialists in a fast-changing world of health sciences. We trust our students enjoy the advantages of a pleasant atmosphere at our University and beautiful historical Kaunas city.
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All-time Israeli Alumni Reunion


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Dear Alumni,

We are pleased to invite you to our All-Time Israeli Alumni Reunion which will include all the generations of former Israeli students who have ever graduated from our University. Even though the name of our University has changed several times (Kaunas Medical Institute, Kaunas Medical Academy, Kaunas University of Medicine-Lithuanian University of Health Sciences), its tradition of each year accepting a new group of medical students from Israel has not. This event is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Israel and Lithuania, and it will be honored by prominent guests as the Lithuanian Ambassador to Israel, the Israeli Ambassador to Lithuania and the highest-ranking representatives of our University. 

The program of the Reunion will review the history of medical studies at LSMU and will feature presentations, slide-shows, guest-appearances and memories of remarkable personalities. It will also offer an informal opportunity for interacting and networking between different generations and levels of professional and academic achievement among our alumni and present-day leadership of the University. It will end with a friendly reception with drinks and refreshments which will provide a relaxed atmosphere for further communication and intermingling among the participants.

The All-Time Israeli Alumni Reunion 

will be held at: 

Ha-pina Ha-yaruka,
Blvd. Rokah 80, Tel Aviv 

on November 17, 2022. 

You will receive a detailed program and time-schedule of the event upon registration as a guest. 
Please, register online through the following link: https://forms.gle/rSZ4qagYTiFNJGp79

And last but not least, we would greatly appreciate your contribution to the program in the form of any pertinent historical materials you may have in your possession – photographic, printed, filmed, or other but transferred to digital format – which could be suitable for the purpose of the Reunion. Please send your contributions using the link within the registration form.

We are warmly looking forward to seeing at our All-Time Israeli Alumni Reunion so we can greet you and welcome you in person!

 

ORG COMMITTEE
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Like Father Like Son. 2 Alumni From the Same Family and the Same University Within 25 Years!


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Dr. Zahi Antoine Sina Rahme

I, Dr. Zahi Antoine SINA RAHME, was one of the first medical student of the 21 exclusive foreign Lebanese group that came to Kaunas in 1990, 3 months before Lithuania got its independence. By that date the university was still called Kaunas Medical Academy before it began a University and started expanding its recruitment from other countries. I finished with 15 others of my group and graduated in 1996 before getting back to my native country Lebanon to pass in 1997 the Lebanese colloquium very successfully and with acknowledgments like all others graduates from Lithuania  who were almost all in the first major 50 posts out of more than 600 students coming from all over the word, and this is how Kaunas medical Academy was well acknowledged as one of serious medical schools all over the world.

 I work since 2009 in a private hospital in Nantes ranked 2nd in France as a general, Digestive, Oncological Bariatric, and robotic surgery. Many of my colleagues from the 1st foreign group went to the USA after successfully passing the 3 steps of USMLE, some moved to Australia and Canada and others are settled in nowadays as famous doctors in Lebanon. I got married with a Lithuanian woman from Kaunas, Angela, who gave birth to 2 sons, the 1st one Jean Antony born in Kaunas medical university clinic in 1997, and Marc born in Nimes in France in 2000. Jean Antony successfully passed the entrance exam to LSMU in Kaunas in 2016 and got his medical degree in June 2022 with dean’s acknowledgment. He is planning to pass the entrance exam for residency in France in 2023 for Radiology, or Anesthesiologist or, like his father did, digestive and visceral surgery.

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Dr. Jean-Antony Sina

In 2016 I left my parents’ home and started studying in LSMU. Boarding on a 6-year journey full of new discoveries, new people, and full of personal enrichment. In short terms, an amazing adventure waited for me. Time flew and today I’m sitting, freshly graduated, and already nostalgic about the first days of University, and how it all started. What it offers: a little mise-en-bouche of the world, with a beautiful cultural mix from all around the world. I met students from Australia, India, New-Zealand and all the way from Canada, Venezuela, or USA. The place to me wasn’t so new: after all, I was born in Kaunas, but the environment was very new to me. 

Studying in LSMU means not only following the curriculum of the studies you choose, but also learning about different cultures, different parts of the world, and most importantly, learning a lot about yourself. I can only recommend futures students that are curious about the life here, dive in it and enjoy it to the fullest, because as an alumnus, I can tell you: you won’t feel those years of studies pass. Salus pro patria!


Honorary Award For LSMU Foreign Student At The International Veterinary Congress


Michel Abou Jaoude, 5th year student in veterinary medicine, won the IVC Travel Scholarship of company IVC Evidensia, the global leader in veterinary care, and took part in the 27th FECAVA (the European Federation of Companion Animal Veterinary Associations) EuroCongress on June 8-11 in Prague.

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Michel Abou Jaoude receiving gift from FECAVA President Denis Novak and Senior Vice President Wolfgang Dohne

Student impressions from this event:
'Attending the FECAVA 27th EuroCongress was a one-of-a-kind experience for me! I received a chance to participate in one of the biggest congresses of the Veterinary field, where I was able to choose the topics that interest me and listen to the speakers delivering their insights and clinical expertise as well as giving us tips from a clinical perspective.

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The winners of the student Scholarship in FECAVA 27th EuroCongress

And equally as important, I was able to broaden my network by meeting a lot of other veterinary professionals and future colleagues and get acquainted with the unlimited opportunities that might arise.

And finally, I can say that I was lucky to have met the other winners of this scholarship, they are truly amazing people and made Prague even more memorable for me, hopefully we will stay connected in the future!'
Rasa Adomkienė, International Programme Coordinator of Veterinary Faculty

LSMU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Awarded EAEVE International Accreditation for the Second Time


On 8 June 2022, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) was granted accreditation by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE). The EAEVE  accreditation is of particular importance and significance for the University, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and especially for the students of the Veterinary Medicine programme.

va_aacredit.jpg (regular, 500x409)The experts noted a number of factors guaranteeing the quality of veterinary medicine studies implemented at the Faculty, highlighting the close cooperation between staff and students, academic support to ensure the progress of students' studies, and the direct implementation of the suggestions and recommendations of students, graduates and employers to improve the quality of studies, students in difficulty receive excellent psychological support, well-equipped study facilities, outstanding infectious diseases and neurology departments, excellent implementation of practical studies in food safety and hygiene, clinical competencies are assessed by a standardized Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), and a number of other progress factors.

Understanding the importance of veterinary medicine studies and that the quality assurance cycle is a continuous process, the University continues to implement the construction of the new Small Animal Hospital that has already been started, the renovation of the infrastructure of the LSMU Practical Training Testing Centre, and, of course, the development of the social guarantees and welfare of the students and staff.

Accreditation and membership of EAEVE have opened international visibility and recognition for the LSMU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and its graduates, as well as opportunities for cooperation and encouragement for the further advancement of the Veterinary Medicine study programme.

Do not miss the chance and join us! We are waiting for new applications to the programmes of Veterinary Medicine  and  Animal and Human Interaction

Degrees awarded at LSMU: among health professionals – sports masters


Tuesday was a special day for more than a thousand students at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. Degrees were awarded to them at the Žalgiris Arena. This is the 100th class of the University of Lithuania, a continuation of which is LSMU. Among them are many Lithuanian athletes.

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Did it together
The festive atmosphere had taken over the entire arena and its surroundings. Graduates rejoiced at having completed this important stage of their life and did not spare sincere words of praise for their Alma Mater and planned their further academic, professional lives.
The solemn Graduation ceremony was begun by the Chairwoman of the LSMU Senate Prof. Dr. Jūratė Macijauskienė. Rector of LSMU Prof. Dr. Rimantas Benetis, congratulating the graduates, said that this year’s degrees symbolise not only the acquired knowledge, but also the plight of the pandemic that was overcome together with the university during this difficult period.
“An interesting and responsible period of life awaits you, with exciting challenges and disappointments, choices, opportunities” said R. Benetis, reminding that it will always be important for the university to know how their graduates succeed outside the university.
Gintaras Skorupskas, the Chairman of the LSMU Council, thanked the graduates and their parents for choosing LSMU to study. “Here is the day you have been waiting for: victory is yours. The University, despite all the difficulties, made great efforts to meet the expectations of the students and their loved ones. Your hard work, desire, and faith in your education, but your degree that’s just the beginning. It is the beginning of your responsibilities for your own life,” said G. Skorupskas.
The chairman of the LSMU Council reminded: the last few years have changed everyone’s lives irreversibly. Yet faith, hope and unity overcome all the adversities of the world.
“Believe and live – for Lithuania, for others – but take care of yourself, because Lithuania needs prominent and unburned heroes,” G. Skorupskas wished.
HE Cardinal Sigitas Tamkevičius reminded the audience of an old saying: relieving pain is a divine work. “Congratulations to you who have dedicated your life to a divine profession that has almost no equal – it requires great dedication and love for the suffering person,” said S. Tamkevičius.
Swedish Ambassador to Lithuania Inger Buxton congratulated LSMU on its honourable centenary, noting that she was very pleased that young people from Sweden were studying at LSMU. In her native language, the Ambassador warmly congratulated her compatriots graduating from LSMU.
Ieva Petrutytė, the President of the LSMU Student Association, emphasised that studies at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences were strongly and for the better changing a young person.
“You made new friends, gained a profession, improved as people, grew up as personalities. You are our pride, our future. Don't stop improving, "I. Petrutytė wished.

From judo to chess
This year, 1,009 graduates of the faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Public Health, Nursing and Animal Sciences graduated from LSMU. 185 obtained a Bachelor's degree and 824 a Master's degree.
Among the graduates of this year are 150 international graduates. Most of them, about 100, are future doctors from Sweden, Germany, India, Spain, and Great Britain.
As many as eighteen champions of athletics, volleyball, swimming, basketball, chess, tennis, judo, orienteering and other sports, winners of tournaments and members of the university team at LSMU graduated from medicine, dentistry, nursing, and public health, respectively.
Giedrė Vanagaitė, a multiple winner and prize-winner of Lithuanian championships and student competitions, a participant of European championships, a member of the World Chess Federation, and a member of the LSMU chess team, is holding a degree in the field of medicine together with her classmates.
In the sixth year, the graduate was able to devote less time to sports due to her studies, but until then she was able to reconcile everything by properly planning activities in accordance with the work and rest regime.
“It simply came to my notice then. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else, only in medicine. It is an exceptional field and a great honour to study it,” said G. Vanagaitė, whose heart is leaning towards cardiology and family medicine.

In the footsteps of relatives
Smiling athlete Gabrielė Čeponytė is a physiotherapy specialist. This member of the Lithuanian and LSMU athletics team, a multiple winner of Lithuanian and Lithuanian student competitions, a participant of European championships, and a master of sports, also plans to continue her studies at LSMU - she will pursue a Master's degree.
She followed in the footsteps of her relatives. “There is more than one doctor in my family. In physiotherapy I can use my sports knowledge, combine it with health knowledge. I have always been interested in healthcare and health improvement,” said G. Čeponytė. She made no secret of the fact that it took a lot of effort and will to reconcile studies and sports.

Very welcome in the employment market
The interviewed LSMU graduates did not hide that the determination and discipline developed by sports is also very useful in achieving academic heights.
Currently, over 8,000 students study at LSMU. It is one of the most international universities in the country, with students from more than 87 countries from around the world. Specialists in various fields of health trained by LSMU are highly welcome in the employment market and highly valued by employers. In the first year after graduation, as many as 90% of the university’s graduates find employment. This is one of the best indicators in Lithuania.

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The far-reaching cycle of events “Levinas in Kaunas” will focus on the discussion about responsibility and ethics of care


On 4-8 July, the Emmanuel Levinas Center of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) together with the LSMU Department of Bioethics and partners from SIREL (France) organises a five-day cycle of events dedicated to Emmanuel Levinas’s personality, life, philosophy, and European values from E. Levinas’s perspective.

Today, as the world faces a meaningless war, real-time monitoring of human killings, pandemics and unprecedented migrant crises inevitably raises questions about humanity, values, relationships, death, guilt, and responsibility.

The world-famous philosopher of Lithuanian origin Emmanuel Levinas, who personally suffered the horrors of world wars and the loss of his loved ones, cared about the same issues.

Having survived hell, he saw the point of talking about forgiveness, concern, an authentic, close, and at the same time responsible relationship with the Other (person), constantly emphasising responsibility for the Other.

Today, we boldly attribute the role of moral authority to E. Levinas, and his philosophical insights become a projection and perspective of values. E. Levinas is a philosopher whose thoughts call for a rise to a higher, more noble level of responsibility. Responsibility that is especially needed today.

Emmanuel Levinas spent his early years in Kaunas, later choosing to study at Western universities, and after becoming a French citizen, he established himself in Paris forever.

“Levinas in Kaunas” is a so-called cycle, which will also be attended by E. Levinas’s daughter Simone Hansel, who will travel from Paris to Kaunas especially on this occasion.

The most important event of the week is the international conference “Young Levinas”, where the most famous researchers of E. Levinas not only from Europe, but also from Canada, USA, Japan, Ukraine will give presentations: Jean-Michel Salanskis, Joëlle Hansel, Andrius Valevičius, Alain David, Corinne Enaudeau , David Lang, Jean François Rey, and others.

Levinas’s philosophy had a great influence on the famous human rights activist, dissident, the President of Czechoslovakia, and later the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel, so it is no coincidence that the Czech Ambassador, His Excellency Vít Korselt, will come to Kaunas to greet participants of the conference.

Levinas’s ideas naturally fit into the healthcare context. E. Levinas’s ethics speaks of meeting the Other, taking responsibility for the Other (the patient), vulnerability and humanity in the relationship, turning to specific human needs, worrying which would reduce pain, suffering and not leaving one alone in the face of death.

Based on E. Levinas’s reflections and adapting his ideas to the current events of our time, we should do everything we can to maintain respect for the person and preserve their dignity, because there is nothing more important in a relationship with another person.
The care ethics perspective, inspired by E. Levin’s ideas, invites doctors, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals to reconsider their mission, values, and relationship with the patient.

The far-reaching cycle of events seeks to spread the word about one of the most famous philosophers of the twentieth century and to bring him back to the field of Lithuanian vision.

The programme of the event can be found here: https://www.levinasinkaunas.com/


International Staff Week on-line at LSMU, Lithuania! 'On-line & Beyond'


September 26 - 30, 2022

The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) traditionally organizes an International Staff Week, 2022 'On-Line & Beyond'! Finally, after of all restrictions, we will meet face-to-face in Kaunas -European Capital of Culture 2022.

International Week (IW) is designed for representatives of the partner universities: international office staff, study advisors, academic staff, and those who are involved in the improvement of internationalization aspects at their institutions, looking for a possibility to exchange experience and ideas with the peers, and seeking for new cooperation bonds.

onlinebeyond.png (regular, 500x500)Programme. An engaging schedule of face-to-face activities will offer participants a wide variety of presentations, lectures, and insights on the University’s everyday life. 5 days of great experience is guaranteed including:

-          topics of internationalization,

-          spheres of science & research,

-          theme of health for all,

-          cultural exchange programme,

-          workshops & socializing.

A detailed programme of the IW will be provided to the selected participants. Check out testimonials of other participants about previous LSMU IW here. All participants will be kindly asked for active involvement in discussions and activities.

A visit to IW may be formalized as ERASMUS+ Mobility Exchange. For Teaching visits, there will be given opportunities to combine teaching activities and participation in IW.

Fees.  There is no participation fee. All events will be held face-to-face in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Certificates. All participants will be awarded Certificates of Attendance.

Registration. Please fill in the online registration form here

A maximum of 40 participants will be selected for participation in the Staff Week.

 

Priority will be given to first-time participants and max. two persons from one institution.

The deadline for registration: 10th September 2022. 

Do you have any questions?  Please contact us: staffweek@lsmu.lt


Graduation Ceremony 2022


The most anticipated celebration of the University is approaching - a meeting of the Senate to commemorate the celebration of the graduation.

Graduates of the faculties of Medicine, Odontology, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health, Veterinary and Animal Sciences will be solemnly awarded their degrees at the Žalgiris Arena on 28 June. You are invited to participate!

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New: you can already choose interesting study modules in all Kaunas universities


You are studying at LSMU – but would you like to learn public speaking? Maybe in your free time you are interested in yoga, fitness, Pilates? Or maybe you want to supplement your skills as a future professional with knowledge of sales management, media art or psychology?
 
From this autumn, your studies can become truly unique - individualised, enriched with subjects of interest that are taught at other universities.
 
The cooperation agreement between the universities operating in Kaunas opens a variety of studies and extremely wide opportunities for additional improvement. It is possible to freely choose study modules of interest at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas University of Technology, and the Lithuanian Sports University, even if those disciplines are not directly related to the study programme.
 
After attending the optional study subject / module at another university, it will be possible to include its results in your study programme.
 
You can choose free interuniversity additional study subjects / modules for the next academic year already now!
 
We invite you to choose the study subject (module) of interest until 30 June 2022. The number of places for optional subjects / modules is limited.
 
More information and options can be found on this form: https://forms.office.com/r/BVhfiE4nAi
All subjects / modules HERE



Internship Opportunity in Japan!


Dear Student,

The International University of Health and Welfare in Japan is inviting final-year medical students to do an internship at the University hospitals from September 1-30, 2022.

It is a unique opportunity to spend a month in Japan, in a different culture, in hospitals equipped with the latest technology and gain international experience.

The selected candidates will receive accommodation at the university dormitory; local transport costs will be funded by the IUHW. Travel and return to/from Japan and other personal expenses are covered by the participant.

Students who wish to gain invaluable international experience are invited to participate in the selection.

Please send a 2-3 min. video by June 19 telling about yourself and your motivation to do an internship in Japan.

The number of places is limited; we will inform the selected candidates by July 8.

Selection criteria for students:

• 6th-year medical student;

• academic performance of the previous year (lowest average 7);

• student motivation;

• English proficiency

• personal qualities and ability to solve problems.

Please send your short motivational video to: julija.vasilenko-maskvyte@lsmuni.lt

2nd International Scientific Conference on Livestock Production - Recent Trends and Future Prospects


We invite you to participate in the hybrid (in-person and online) 2nd International Scientific Conference Livestock Production - Recent Trends and Future Prospects.

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022


The researchers are encouraged to register for sharing their experience and knowledge, discussing the latest issues and future prospects in the fields of livestock production, nutrition, breeding, genetics and product quality with the conference attendees.

Scientific Themes/Topics:

1.     Animal nutrition;

2.     Animal breeding and genetics;

3.     Production quality.

 

Register and submit the oral and/or poster presentation abstracts (vaida.dilbiene@lsmuni.lt), and fill in the form below by September 1, 2022. 

No conference registration fee.

Scientific theme/topic

 

Author(-s) and co-author-(s) name(-s), institution(-s)

 

Abstract title

 

Presentation type (oral or poster)

 

Presenting type (in-person or online)

 

E-mail address

 

Phone No.

 


Abstract preparation guidelines: HERE

For more information, contact: vaida.dilbiene@lsmuni.lt



Delegation From Aldent University: Better to See Once Than to Hear a Hundred Times


picture1.jpg (regular, 432x500)On May 2nd-6th University’s International Relations and Study Centre (TRSC), Academic Mobility Division (AJS) and colleagues from Aldent University (ALU, Albania) organized Erasmus + staff mobility activities at LSMU. The purpose of this visit from ALU was to exchange knowledge and experience about the processes of project administration and Erasmus+ mobilities’ organization both at LSMU and ALU. ALU is a private university founded on the initiative of Professor Adem Alushi, specializing in medical sciences. The university prepares specialists for nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, pharmacy and medical laboratories. The teaching staff consists of selected specialists in the respective fields, most of whom improve their skills in Italy, Germany, the USA, etc.

On the first day of the visit, the delegation was hosted by the TRSC AJS team. Žaneta Dičkutė, Head of the Academic Mobility Department and International Programmes’ Coordinators - Živilė Kepežinskienė, Dovilė Grigorjevienė and Žydrė Vengalytė. Head of the Academic Mobility Department shared peculiarities of Erasmus + project management. During this meeting LSMU activities, structure, versatility and quality of studies have been reviewed, the number of students studying in various LSMU study programmes was presented, the model of organization of international studies was briefly described, as well as LSMU services provided to foreign students and future goals were discussed.

picture3.jpg (regular, 500x283)The coordinators presented figures of mobilities implemented during the past few academic years and the factors which influenced them. The most popular mobility destinations / countries have been highlighted. Good practice was also shared in organizing events not only to disseminate the Erasmus + programme, but also to inform future mobility participants and promote exchange.

After the official meeting, colleagues from Albania had the opportunity to get acquainted with the traditional, cultural culinary heritage of Lithuania and explore the city of Kaunas with a guide Dalia Leonavičienė. Kaunas city guide not only presented the history of the city, indicated the most popular places in Kaunas, but also invited to explore the best restaurants of the city, visit the Devils’ Museum, take a walk along Laisvės Alley. After training the cultural part of the brain, during the rest of the visit, guests got acquainted with the perspectives of innovation, science and business cooperation, achievements of scientific activities, university infrastructure, conditions for picture4.jpg (original, 555x798)students not only to study, but also to spend their free time playing sports. During the intense subject programme, ALU delegation visited the Faculty of Public Health, Pharmacy, Study Center, Career Center. Incoming specialists also gained experience in the departments of the Faculties of Medicine, Odontology and Nursing. TRSC AJS is especially grateful to all LSMU divisions who devoted their time, attention, prepared rich academic content programmes and presentations which fully met the expectations of foreign guests.

This visit further united Erasmus + institutional partnership between LSMU and ALU and strengthened the commitment to the successful implementation of mobility activities. According to Gjolek Mera, head of the delegation and head of the Center of International Relations and Projects at ALU, it is better to see once than to hear a hundred times. After a long quarantine, the opportunity to travel and visit partners, to have "live" conversations and feel the joy of communication is invaluable and irreplaceable.

On this occasion, we want to encourage and invite all members of the LSMU community - students, teachers, and staff - not to give up their dream of traveling, getting to know, and discovering the world with the Erasmus + exchange programme.

Text: Živilė Kepežinskienė, Agnė Jašauskaitė, IRO International Programme Coordinators
Photos: Agnė Jašauskaitė, IRO International Programme Coordinator

The Road to Intercultural Friendship - Through Cuisine and Folk Music


An international dinner with Lithuanian dishes and LSMU foreign and Erasmus exchange students paved the way for intercultural friendship. The LSMU International Relations and Study Center and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN LSMU) have invited international students to prepare and taste our Lithuanian, fragrant “Cepelinai“ together. Cepelinai, kvass, apple juice with cumin, lithuanian drink “kisielius” – this was the food prepared for last Friday's international dinner. International students, together, as one team, peeled potatoes, grated, weighed them, prepared “Cepelinai” filling: minced meat or cottage cheese.

1.jpg (regular, 500x375)The secret of alchemy cuisine is not only flavors from all over the world, but also traditional dishes and recipes passed down from generation to generation. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Lithuanian eats about 250 g of potatoes a day, so almost 100 kg a year! There is not much to say about Lithuanian cuisine traditions - we all know, and almost all of us love the pride of our cuisine – “Cepelinai”. The audience had the opportunity to taste this cultural heritage of ours. For many international students, this was their first time, and hopefully not the last. The guests enjoyed Lithuanian kvass and “kisielius”.

And what kind of intercultural dinner without music and fun?

Saulius Lipinskas, an educator at the Education Department of the Kaunas City Museum, introduced international students to the history of folk music and traditional instruments. The audience listen to the sound of many traditional winds, percussion, string instruments, and got acquainted not only with the parts of the plants, but also with the parts of the animals that were used for making music. The students also had an opportunity to play with the instruments themselves and make their own music.

2.jpg (regular, 373x500)We learnt about the differences in folk music and in instruments, such as “Kanklės”, based on Lithuania’s ethnographic regions. By looking at kanklės one can tell about the region that it was made peculiarities, historicity, and development of kankle’s development. Some of the musical instruments that were not Lithuanian but from various other parts of the world have also been recognized by our international students.

The culmination of the evening was an introduction to a unique phenomenon of Lithuanian traditional music – “Sutartinės” (a form of song with 2 or 3 voice poliphonies). According to Skaidra Jančaitė, “Sutartinės” is the oldest Lithuanian prayer, during which we can ask whatever our heart desires. Singing “Sutartinė” with an experienced folk music artist turns out to be quite simple and interesting and exciting!

Klara Möllmann (V): The “Cepelinai evening” was enjoyable! Meeting people from Ukraine, Spain, Portugal, France, the United Kingdom and much more with the same goal of meeting new people and learning about Lithuanian culture was a lot of fun. We were able to discuss the parallels and contrasts in our own cultures as it related to the food and music, we made that evening. It was, in my opinion, the ideal approach to learn about foreign cultures in the most enjoyable way possible.

Amalia Georgiou (V): About 30 people showed up, we started with the music & everyone got the chance to play with an instrument and sing and then we cooked “cepelinai”, I think it was nice, people seemed to have fun & learned a bit more about Lithuanian culture, it was well organized.
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Text and photos: Agnė Jašauskaitė, IRO International Programme Coordinator

LSMU Alumnus Dr. Ariel Krutouz: ‘As a Human Being, an Israeli and As a Doctor I Believe It Is My Duty to Help In Situations Like This’


February 24th, 2022, marks one of the darkest days in modern history. But at the same time, it was a day that united the world. People in many countries were gathering en masse in protests to support Ukraine, providing not only financial, humanitarian, or other assistance, but also their knowledge. The medical community united for Ukraine as well. Volunteers from different parts of the world work inside and outside of the Ukrainian territory providing help for people suffering physical and mental injuries of the war. LSMU Alumnus Dr. Ariel Krutouz is among this group of medics volunteering in Ukraine. He agreed to share his experience with us.

15.jpg (regular, 375x500)LSMU Alumnus Dr. Ariel Krutouz: I am a proud LSMU Alumnus, class of 2017 from Israel, I work in Shamir Medical Center in Internal Medicine department. I was born in Ukraine and moved to Israel when I was 2 years old. When the war began, I immediately wanted to help the people of Ukraine. I was looking for different opportunities. Israel sent a lot of delegations to different refugee camps, but only one delegation was on Ukrainian soil, I applied to this delegation and was accepted as the Head of Hospitalization department. ''Shining star'' hospital (''KOHAV MEIR'' called after Israel's first female prime minister Golda Meir that was born in Ukraine) is located in the city of Mostyska, 15 km from the border with Poland.

Our field hospital is well equipped. The delegation consists of amazing and talented personnel from different disciplines of medicine. Everyone is highly motivated to help the local population and refugees from all over Ukraine. One of unique things about this delegation is the emotional and psychological support that we provide. We have a team of Psychologists and Psychiatrist that help with different types of traumas of men women and children. We reach out to other refugee camps close by and send word and transport to encourage people to come for checkup and treatment.

 In several more complex and difficult cases we have international collaboration for treatment that we don’t have here. We collaborate with local hospitals for surgery with joint staff of Ukrainian and Israeli surgeons. We have a special tent for simulations and practice where we teach, train, and share knowledge with local doctors on how to act and treat in emergency situations, and many other aspects of medicine. As a human being, an Israeli and as a doctor I believe it is my duty to help in situations like this.

Professor Ingrida Janulevičienė, Dean of the International Relations and Study Center, LSMU: We are grateful to our Alumnus Dr. Ariel Krutouz for his help and support whenever is needed: from taking part in the University ‘s International Education Fairs abroad to the medical volunteering activities in Ukraine. LSMU Alumni professional readiness and assessment of colleagues prove the competence and high level of medical education gained at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.

LSMU has been successfully working with international students for more than 30 years. We are happy to calculate that since 1996 over 1410 international students from 65 countries have already graduated from LSMU (former Kaunas University of Medicine and Lithuanian Veterinary Academy). Alumni are a part of the University community, so we look forward to renewing and maintaining contacts with them. The University is highly interested in getting in touch with the graduates, finding out about their careers and initiating common activities.

Text: Dr. Ariel Krutouz, LSMU Alumnus, class of 2017;
Agnė Jašauskaitė, LSMU IRO International Programme Coordinator;
Justina Vonžodienė, LSMU International Programme Coordinator
Photos: Anat Glass ir Rabia Basha

Scientific-practical Conference 'Psychology Science For Health'


Dear participants,

We are happy to announce that our Health Psychology Department at LSMU is organizing the 3d scientific-practical conference "Psychology Science For Health", which will take place online, on 12 May. Everyone who is interested in the field of psychology is welcome to attend!

You can find more information and the program here...

Please fill in the registration form here: International Scientific-Practical Conference "Psychology Science for Health" Registration (google.com)

Participants who will register by the 24 April will be issued an official certificate prooving 7 acquired hours of competence development.

We hope to see you at the conference!

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Volunteering Activities Bring International Students Closer to the Local Community


On Saturday, the 9th of April, LSMU International Relations and Study Centre (IRO), Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and International Comittee of SA (ICOSA) invited students to join a trip to the Klajūnas animal shelter. It is a house sheltering animals that operates on a voluntary basis. Thankfully, it is more than just a journey destination; it is a place where one can find a lifelong friend, a place for developing awareness and compassion, a place to learn and develop responsibility.

picture2.jpg (regular, 500x301)At 10 a.m. the bus departed heading towards Ukmergė with us students looking forward to having a good day with bags full of food, treats and toys for animals. At the shelter, our group was greeted by Ilma Germanienė, the owner of Klajūnas, and barking of exited dogs. Also, we could not contain our excitement, and it did not take long until everybody was petting the dogs and cats and giving away out treats. During this, we learned more about stories of the animals and what happened to them before they arrived in the shelter. Klajūnas is training dogs that come in, so that they can be placed with a new family, which might be challenging, as they are often scared because of how they were treated by their previous owners. Furthermore, cat people in our group were not disappointed either, because there was a room full of cats that were just waiting to play with us.

picture3.jpg (376x240, 180x240)Klajūnas is not just about animal care. It is about love and respect for quadrupeds, care, the search for new homes, educational events for all ages, the fight for animal rights. The NO-KILL principle is followed here: animals are not put to sleep, they are cared for regardless of their age, appearance, or character, until their natural death. Four years of operation – and one and a half thousand saved four-legged hearts. Two of the many highlights of the day were the possibility that we could meet puppies that were just a couple days old, and that every student could go for a walk with one of the dogs. We had an amazing day while doing something good, and we realized once more that if you want to get a pet you should adopt, not shop. Big thanks to Klajūnas for letting us visit them and to ESN LSMU, ICOSA and the Erasmus+ coordinator Žydrė Vengalytė for making this trip possible.

picture4.jpg (376x240, 180x240)Organizers says huge THANK YOU to those, who joined this action by bringing food for these animals. We aren’t the only ones, who are grateful, but you also have big thanks from all workers in that shelter, and of course from animals, who will have a slightly better life. The only way to experience the joy of selfless bonding and love is by visiting the nearest animal shelter today, as rightly said by Anatole France, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains awakened”.

picture5.jpg (376x240, 180x240)LSMU IRO with student organizations ESN LSMU and ICOSA is trying to involve international and Erasmus+ students into social and volunteering activities. Such initiatives promote social responsibility among students and facilitate their social integration into the local community while exploring the added value. Volunteering activities enable students to engage in society-beneficial activities bringing them closer to the local community they live in. Through various activities, we promote social awareness towards international students, while at the same time, combining formal and informal education with intercultural experiences.

Text: Agnė Jašauskaitė, LSMU IRO International Programme Coordinator
Text and photos: Lena Pircher, 4th year Medicine and Incoming Erasmus exchange student 
at LSMU from the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria.
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Had to Choose Between Music and Horses: Today the Only Specialist in the Baltics


A young singer, famous winner of a music project, veterinary doctor, lecturer – and student, scientist – and the only horse osteopath in the Baltics. This is a brief description of Giedrė Vokietytė-Vilėniškė’s career path of the last decade, which began as a childhood hobby and lead to an interesting and beloved profession, which encourages ongoing personal growth.

projektai-34226-87589043.jpg (regular, 500x500)To the public Giedrė was more familiar as a passionate, singer with a unique voice and the winner of X-Factor Lithuania. She created a music band, sang jazz – however, in her life there was always a second passion – to ride horses, which encouraged her to choose the studies of veterinary medicine at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU).

The young woman became the winner of the music project immediately after presenting her Master thesis. Which path to choose? Whether to continue with the musical career – or the veterinary doctor’s one? The young specialist chose studies – and presently she treats horses implementing a quite rare method.

From two pursuits she had to choose one

“I have always sung. When I was a child, I would prepare performances for my parents, grandparents, friends. But I was equally passionate about horses. After long-lasting requests, my father took me to the stables in 1999. I was only allowed to ride as long as I did not neglect my studies at the music school. The first horse, whom I learned to ride, looked after, was Satelitas, an old purebred horse,” – recalled G. Vokietytė-Vilėniškė.

Both pursuits competed with one another, sometimes they would clash when singing got more serious – interest in horses became more subdued, but when she had to choose future studies, it was revived once more. In her application form for higher education Giedrė chose veterinary medicine as her number one option, second choice – was medicine. Having passed her school examinations in flying colours, she easily got to study the subject of her dreams.

“Our whole course of veterinary medicine at the time was very strong, motivated, during my studies quite a few times I took advantage of the ERASMUS exchange programme. These internships and practices decided a lot. Even though after a successful vocal chords surgery I began singing again, and while I was taking part in the TV show there was insanely a lot of music in my life –  I had already seen the advanced veterinary clinics abroad, their unlimited potential, I understood how much more there is to learn, to create and to adapt for the improvement of ill animal’s fate.

Therefore, abandoning singing in the name of the more appealing scientific career was not difficult. I began veterinary medicine residency at LSMU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, I received a huge scholarship, and fulfilled my dream to study in Germany, to acquire certified horse osteopath degree,” – Giedrė spoke of her life changing decisions.

Treats not the symptom but the whole organism

projektai-34228-87589075.jpg (regular, 500x332)In one of the photos of the period – a horse, stretching out his leg towards the young specialist. Looking from aside – it is simply a beautiful moment, however, truly it is part of an osteopath’s examination, when not only the flexibility of animal’s joints is checked, but gently and carefully an examination of spine, internal organs and the whole-body systems’ functionality takes place.

“Osteopathy, a holistic method of treatment, often referred to as gentle treatment with hands, has effects on the condition of the whole body. Horses, the same as people, often suffer from certain mobility problems which are caused by something else entirely – a compressed muscle, spreading innervation or similar. Osteopathic treatment gives the body an impulse to deal with those issues itself. We remove certain obstacles and the body helps itself and recovers,” – the veterinary doctor explained the principles of the treatment.

Today Giedrė Vokietytė-Vilėniškė is known amongst equestrians, Veterinary Academy’s community, beloved and respected by veterinary students, the only equestrian osteopath in the Baltics. Her patients – are not just Lithuanian, but also Latvian and Estonian horses. The veterinary doctor rejoiced, that attitude towards horses, their health, is gradually changing and more and more frequently equestrians reach out not only during critical moments, but also during the intensive competing season: just like for human sport’s people, so for horses osteopathic procedures reduce stress, helps them recover faster and without damages to their health.

“Even though horses which are used to be ridden by children, receive smaller loads than the sports horses, these horses do not receive osteopathic treatment. However, I inspect these “learning” horses sometimes even more often, as the owners of the expensive sport horses already take great care of them, whereas these “Misérables”, who sometimes have more than one training session per day receive veterinary doctor’s attention only when something serious happens,” – shared G. Vokietytė-Vilėniškė.

Studies inspired continued development

The young specialist stressed: veterinary medicine studies at LSMU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, exchange programmes and internships taught her the most important thing: not to stop upon achieving something, but to carry on learning, because present-day veterinary medicine studies have reached such heights and are not far behind from human medicine.

“And I don’t stop – at the moment I am studying for a PhD, at USA University I am studying animal sport rehabilitation, I lecture surgery, horse rehabilitation disciplines and I treat the patients of the LSMU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Large Animal Clinic. The world is big, there are many opportunities, scientific knowledge travels without boundaries, thus it is important to not be afraid, to dare, to do, not to sit in the same place,” – smiled Giedrė.

Veterinary medicine – is one of the most popular subjects not just in Lithuania, but around the globe. Qualified veterinary doctors are trained only at LSMU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Lithuania, their degrees are recognised in Europe. Not in vain veterinary medicine studies at LSMU are chosen by students from as many as 26 countries of the world. Upon commencing her lecturing career at the University G. Vokietytė-Vilėniškė noted, that now studies of veterinary medicine are chosen by students very selectively, with a purpose, they are far more motivated and very well prepared to study.

Recalls her very first patient

projektai-34227-87589059.jpg (regular, 500x400)Even school students who are still just thinking about their future studies pursue their interest in person, often they ask – whether it is possible to become specifically just horse or dog doctor?

“We are trained to be capable to take care of, treat and love all animals – from a horse to a cat, from a dog to a wild bird or lizard. Even though my specialisation is horse related – I do consult cat and cow owners as well,” – shared the specialist.

Another frequent question from school children – how and from when on do the students learn to work directly with the animal, to examine it, inject medicines, to deliver all medical treatment? Giedrė reassures all concerned: during the first two years of study of veterinary medicine there is no clinical practice, it begins during the third year. However, at that time animal anatomy and physiology are taught, without learning which it is impossible to become a doctor. They also learn how to feed the animal, how to ensure its wellbeing, they practice on domestic animal farms, learn veterinary nursing skills.

Once clinical studies begin, first of all students practice on special mannequins and moulages – this way allowing the students to practice injecting medicines, bandaging or stitching wounds, resuscitation and so on. Students are only allowed to work with real patients once they have been impeccably prepared, gathered essential skills, because sick animal should not be made to suffer or to become an object for learning.

However, numerous students of veterinary medicine encounter live patients whilst volunteering at the LSMU Small and Large Animal Clinics – they assist nurses and doctors. During such volunteering they learn to know the animals, their body language, to take care of their needs. G. Vokietytė-Vilėniškė still remembers her very first patient.

“I worked as an orderly at the Large Animal Clinic, I was assigned a very important duty – to assist the doctor on daily basis in bandaging a horse’s leg. The horse recovered, and even now I still see him at the competitions,” – smiled Giedrė.

Must listen to yourself

“I really cannot say that studies are nothing but joy, and all stories – are happy ones. There will be mistakes and fears, there will be patients who will not survive – after which you will think for a very long time, about what you could have done differently. There will be long shifts. Psychologically – it is a hard profession, complicated, responsible work. Therefore, understanding of your own responsibility adds a lot: you grow up, become more serious, more mature. Every situation teaches something new and encourages growth,” – spoke the veterinary doctor.

Those who are sincerely interested in animal healthcare, studies of veterinary medicine and who would like to see up close, what does the work of veterinary doctors look like, it is possible to do so: the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine organises open days when at a pre-arranged time it is possible to partake in ambulatory excursions, to observe the daily life of veterinary doctors.

“When choosing these studies, it is important to listen to yourself. The profession of a veterinary doctor is large, complex, responsible. Our patients do not complain, they speak with their eyes, and you have to feel their suffering with your heart. Studies do not end when you get your degree: if you want to be a great specialist, to be valued by your colleagues and students, they must know, that you have studied, you study and you will be studying for the rest of your professional life,” – shared G. Vokietytė-Vilėniškė.

LSMU International Students Among Volunteers at the Lithuanian Border


From May 2021, when the flow of migrants across the Lithuanian-Belarusian border began to increase, in the summer months, more than 4,000 people arrived in Lithuania from Iraq, Congo, Cameroon, Iran, Afghanistan, and other countries. Volunteers, including LSMU international students, helped the state to cope with the challenges of the migrant crisis. Michel Abou Jaoude, a 5th year Veterinary Medicine student and Reem Abdel Moniem, a 4th year Medicine student, spent last summer in Lithuania volunteering at the border, sacrificing their time and energy to help our country.

pic1.jpg (regular, 500x370)On April 4, the Dean of the International Relations and Study Center at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Prof. Ingrida Janulevičienė, and Vice-Dean Alvidas Šarlauskas gave the students small gifts for their significant contribution to the well-being of the Lithuanian state through their work and example. During the meeting, the International Relations office administration welcomed the students and noted that such individuals, full of enthusiasm and bright ideals, are an example of focus and unification against an enormous challenge.

Michel (V): It was a one-of-a-kind experience for me! Working with the Lithuanian Police Services is something I never imagined doing and will always remember this opportunity I got. I volunteered to help with the refugees as I was able to communicate with them in Arabic and French language and hopefully proved useful in an unusual and difficult time for Lithuania.

The main tasks and responsibilities I had was interviewing the refugees in different camps scattered around the borders, and in purpose of conveying the needs of these refugees as well as get the most information possible on the scheme that was used by the Belarussian government in order to perform this flood of illegal immigration (where some of the refugees had no idea about); the main purpose was to help the police find out the different paths and roads used and the people involved in the trafficking, all in order to find a solution to this crisis.

One of the main challenges I faced during this time was figuring out a subtle way of interviewing the refugees that with no doubt were scared, tired, and hopeless. As well as some communication difficulties when different dialects were spoken and to add, some refugees were reluctant to speak.

This experience has taught me a lot, from conducting interviews, gathering, and interpreting loads of information and passing it in a detailed and clear way to the officers. And finally, this experience taught me to appreciate what I have and do whatever I can to help those in need!

Reem Abdel Moniem Mohamed (IV): When I volunteered during the summer, my main task was to mediate communication between the Arab speaking refugees and the Lithuanian representatives; I just assisted by verbally translating what they said to me from Arabic into English. It was very challenging at first due to many technical reasons like different dialects, and from a human standpoint as hearing their stories was very heart breaking. The biggest take away for me was that it allowed me to foster my empathy and sympathy. Which are qualities everyone needs but are more so needed for anyone working in the medical field.

Text and Photos: Agnė Jašauskaitė TRSC International Programme Coordinator

Winners of the Lithuanian Science Prizes allocate significant support to Ukraine


Four Researchers of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU), awarded Lithuanian Science Prizes, will allocate a significant part of the prestigious national science award to the Ukrainian Support Fund.

On March 3, winners of the Lithuanian Science Prizes 2021, including a group of LSMU researchers, were solemnly awarded at the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.

premija_news_cover.jpg (regular, 500x356)The event was attended by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania Ingrida Šimonytė, the Chairman of the Lithuanian Science Prizes Commission Academic Jūras Banys, Minister of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania Jurgita Šiugždinienė, laureates, members of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, and other guests.

The prize in the field of biomedicine and agricultural sciences was awarded to LSMU researchers Jurgita Skiecevičienė, Laimis Virginijus Jonaitis, Gediminas Kiudelis, and Juozas Kupčinskas for the work cycle “Tumor and inflammatory diseases of the digestive system: new molecular biomarkers, clinical-epidemiological aspects, modern methods of treatment.”

The work of LSMU researchers presents new epidemiological data on molecular biomarkers of diseases, microbiomes, and modern treatment methods that have had a significant impact on the development of research and clinical practice in diseases of the digestive system in Lithuania and internationally.

Speaking on behalf of the winners, the head of the LSMU Gastroenterology Department Prof. Juozas Kupčinskas emphasized that while feeling appreciation for the evaluation of their achievements, the researchers could not remain indifferent to the Russian aggression in Ukraine; therefore, together with their fellow gastroenterologists Jonaitis, Kiudelis, and the Head of the Laboratory of the LSMU Institute for Digestive Research Assoc. Prof. Skiecevičienė decided to donate half of the Lithuanian Science Prize, i.e., 16,000 Eur, to the Ukrainian support fund.

Invitation to support Ukrainian Academic Community


Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU), in expressing support for the Ukrainian state and people and in response to the events taking place right now, is providing support to the academic community – students, scientists, lecturers – who have encountered hardship due to military actions in Ukraine.
All members of our University’s community, individuals, business and public sector partners who would like to contribute please support the LSMU fund for Ukrainian Academic Community, particularly those who express desire to continue their studies, scientific research, internships and other activities at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences:

Please make donations to the following account (in Euros):

Bank account: LT41 7300 0101 7126 9793

Bank: Swedbank

Recipient: VšĮ Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universitetas

The purpose of payment: Parama Ukrainai



Statement by Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions on the Military Actions of the Russian Federation Against the Independent State of Ukraine


The Lithuanian University Rectors’ Conference and Rectors’ Conference of Lithuanian University Colleges vehemently condemns the military actions of the Russian Federation against the independent state of Ukraine. Lithuanian universities are in solidarity with Ukrainian universities, their staff, teachers, students, and the entire Ukrainian nation.

We are ready to use all available resources to help Ukrainian universities in these challenging times. We will also help Ukrainians who come to seek asylum in Lithuania by giving them the opportunity to continue their studies or research or to settle in Lithuania for a shorter or longer period.

These events again demonstrate the importance of fostering an educated, democratic, and critical society. Our shared responsibility is to work together to develop a young generation that loves the country and is ready to defend it.

Universities are one of the most important institutions in helping a country create a strong social fabric. The solidarity and shared tradition of universities unite all those who believe in European values, democracy, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought at such times.

 

President of the Lithuanian University Rectors’ Conference Prof. Rimvydas Petrauskas

President of Rectors’ Conference of Lithuanian University Colleges Nerijus Varnas

Knowledge protects – www.lt72.lt


After declaring a state of emergency in Lithuania, we invite you to get acquainted with the emergency preparedness guidelines on the website www.lt72.lt

On the website, you will find all relevant information and advice on how to deal with natural, technical or social hazards, how to prepare for them and what to do during them.



Information for our community about the state of emergency


Dear members of the LSMU community,

We have become witnesses of an armed conflict. This conflict affects all of us, it will influence the daily life of our country.

Lithuania, as a state, member of the European Union and NATO, which has its own duties and commitments, from 1 pm today 24th February 2022 have introduced the state of emergency.

In an attempt to lighten the situation, which can appear disturbing, I would like to explain what this means to the University community.

Presently, the law of the state of emergency only applies to situations related to the protection of external borders of the country. Our academic life and study process will not be affected by the state of emergency, externally life and studies at LSMU will not change, as well as personal and academic plans will not be affected either.

For practical reasons, it is recommended to always have an identity document with you.

At the university, during this special situation, a Centre has been set up by my order, which will promptly collect, receive, disseminate and share information with all the members of our community. If necessary, the Centre will also take on organisational measures.

I kindly request you to only rely on fact-checked information, so there's no room for doubt. You will be able to receive all the relevant University information via the LSMU deans, vice-rectors, chancellors and the rectorate.

 

Rector of LSMU Prof. Rimantas Benetis

 

Newest and most relevant information about the decisions made by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania: LINK

Psychological support for the LSMU community: LINK


Invites to participate in a biomedical study


A group of volunteers is being selected at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences to participate in a biomedical study, during which the association of functional beverages with active ingredients of plant origin with human physiological indicators will be assessed. Antioxidants are often insufficient in commonly used foods and drinking water, so it is very important to evaluate how functional beverages enriched with polyphenolic compounds extracted from fruits and berries affect different biochemical, visual, cognitive (mental) and immunological parameters of human blood.

You may be eligible to participate in the study if you meet the following criteria: age - not less than 20 years and not more than 45 years old, you do not have the following chronic diseases: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, skin diseases (eczema), epilepsy.

If you agree to take part in the study, you will need to drink a 0.5 litre bottle of the test drink per day (mineral water enriched with different berry extracts) for 2 months.

During this biomedical study, you will have biochemical blood tests and a questionnaire to assess your overall well-being.

The study is scheduled to begin on 14th March. To participate in this study, please register via email: dalia.luksiene@lsmuni.lt or telephone on weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM on +370 37 302885 or +370 62071549 until 10th March.

 

Researcher in charge of the study: Dr. Giedrė Pakulienė (Email: giedre.pakuliene@kaunoklinikos.lt)

Responsible for providing information: Prof. Dalia Lukšienė (Email: dalia.luksiene@lsmuni.lt)




LSMU Physiotherapy Student Snapshot


Alberto Ordoñez Cordoba, from Valencia, Spain 

img-20210422-wa0002.jpeg (376x240, 135x240)My name is Alberto Ordoñez Cordoba, I am from Valencia, Spain and I am studying Physiotherapy at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) for the exchange semester. I have always been a sporty guy who has been playing football since I was five years old. During this period, I have had a lot of injuries: sprains, strains, fractures, etc. So, the physiotherapist of my team tried to convince me to study Physiotherapy.

I chose LSMU because this University allowed me to do my practical training at „Kauno klinikos“. The first week here was a bit strange to me because I needed to get used to a lot of new things like the language or the way of working, but once I got used to it everything was perfect.

During my exchange period, I learned a lot of things: new techniques, new exercises, new methods of working, how to work with specific pathologies, etc. but the best lesson for me was understanding how to deal with patients and the need of giving the patients the best treatment.

I’m a person for whom the integration process is easy. Of course, I need a period of accommodation, but for me, it’s just one week. I’m a person who always tries to have everything under control, so I try to adapt myself to new changes as soon as possible. Having friends here has helped me a lot too.

I liked Kaunas more than I expected to like it. It’s a city that has everything: public means of transport, a good healthcare system, shops, own culture, places to go etc. People usually say that the weather is not good, but I disagree. I like cold weather and for me, it was an important decision to come here.

Despite the situation we are immersed in, I have travelled to Klaipėda, Palanga, Vilnius, Druskininkai, Jonava, Trakai, etc. There are lots of lakes and churches in the country. I am spending my time focusing on my studies, but at the same time, I am trying to find time to go out, travel and meet new people every opportunity I get.


Partners Meeting in Project DITEPRACT


logotipas_euveliava_erasmus.jpg (376x240, 376x107)A meeting of the Erasmus + strategic partnership project DITEPRACT took place on January 11-14 at the University of Malardalen (Sweden) with the participation of the head of the Nursing Department prof. A.Blaževičienė and Živilė Kepežinskienė, Coordinator of International Programmes. Teachers of nursing and health sciences from Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Turkey, Latvia and LSMU Nursing Clinic are participating in the project. The aim of the project is to develop, apply digital or hybrid teaching and learning methods to develop practical skills.

picture2.jpg (regular, 500x457)Constantly increasing use of digital technology has led to new ways of teaching and learning in education, and has encouraged teachers to acquire digital competencies to attract generation Z students to the content of their lectures and to make complex subjects more engaging and inclusive. Digital technologies in education pave the way for new pedagogical approaches that stimulate active participation. Digital technologies are used in higher education institutions for many purposes, such as the development of course material, the sharing of content, the development of presentations and courses, academic research, and student enrollment. Teaching and learning methods using digital technologies (e-learning, blended learning and mobile learning) can improve the quality of teaching and learning and contribute to the quality of education, at least as a complement to other methods.

Although distance learning and digital technologies have long been used around the world, their importance and relevance became even more pronounced during the COVID 19 pandemic. Many universities use a hybrid teaching model to acquire practical skills. Therefore, not only the readiness of students to use new technologies is very important, but also the role of teachers at this stage. The importance of various technical resources and qualified teachers is essential for successful and high-quality education.

One of the objectives of this project is to analyze the digital competencies of teachers in six European universities using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Preliminary results were discussed during the meeting.

Also, based on a systematic review by project participants, the meeting analyzed which digital technologies are best suited for teaching practical skills. Also, based on this review, recommendations will be developed for higher education teachers on the use of new technologies in the teaching process and what is best compatible with the acquisition of clinical skills.

Future activities in the project were discussed during the meeting. One such activity is the development of clinical scenarios and their testing using different digital technologies.

Many interesting and innovative activities await in the project, which will enable teachers to present the content of lectures and seminars in a more attractive way, hoping that it will meet the expectations of current and future students.
Prof. Aurelija Blaževičienė, Head of the Nursing Department, Project Coordinator

100 Years of Progress


2022 is a special year. This year marks the centenary of the University of Lithuania. On October 15th, 1919, the Higher Medical Courses started in Kaunas, giving the beginning of the Higher Courses. Higher courses became the basis for the University of Lithuania, which was established in on February 16th in 1922.

003a.jpg (regular, 500x289)“The foundation for Kaunas universities was laid 100 years ago. The decisions made in that time created a solid foundation for Lithuanian medical studies and for our university today. The century of growth and improvement has nurtured an open, community-based, international, innovative Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, where life is respected, academic traditions are nurtured, and health professionals are educated for the future,” notes LSMU Rector Prof. Rimantas Benetis.

20220119214953-b55b8b90-me.jpg (regular, 300x500)On the occasion of the centenary, 2022 has been declared the year of the University of Lithuania - and there will be many events that will spread throughout Kaunas. An opening cultural and intellectual event representing the life of Kaunas is planned to commemorate the centenary on February 16 at the Žalgiris Arena. Participants of the festival will listen to music, get acquainted with literary works, see performances, dance and other performing arts scenes, film episodes popular in Kaunas in 1922–2022.

A cycle of open lectures has already started, reflecting the development of science and culture over the past century - from interwar Kaunas to educational insights or artificial intelligence. These lectures will take place every month, throughout the year.

The LSMU event that has become a tradition - Culture Week, will combine various initiatives of the century in May: The University will host the Centenary Community Lunch according to the interwar Lithuanian style, an international dance festival will take place, and a special training cycle will educate the healthy ones of the centenary. Stylized lectures, night cinema screenings, a search for the mysteries of the century, and battles in the library await students.

A special year in the LSMU community will be accompanied by the Book of the Century, which will travel through all faculties: it will be possible to record wishes for future generations. An interesting, event-rich year awaits.

Text: Agnė Jašauskaitė / Photos: Alius Koroliovas

Successful online PreMed courses


This fall, the Center for International Relations and Studies organized the traditional online PreMed Preparatory Courses - a 10-week study programme aimed at foreign students interested in studying at LSMU and wishing to deepen their knowledge of Chemistry and Biology.

6 participants from abroad (Sweden, Norway, and Ukraine) started the courses on 4th October. The online classes were given by LSMU professors: MA, MF Biochemistry department’s Assistant lecturer Svaja Dubickienė and VA, GMF Biology System and Genetic Research Institute’s lecturer Jelena Loginovič. Not only students had a chance to learn new things in Biology or Chemistry, but discovered more about LSMU as well.

4 participants have successfully passed the final exam on 10th December.  3 applicants were offered to study Medicine programme, 1- Odontology.

It is gratifying that not only the future students of LSMU are motivated curious young people who look responsibly at their studies and start preparing in advance, but these courses are becoming more and more popular and are being chosen by a growing number of young people as well.

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A new unique center fostering social and cultural progress inaugurated at LSMU


A unique facility was inaugurated in Kaunas, the Emmanuel Levinas Center at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU). The Center will host scientific, innovation and cultural events, as well as permanent, temporary, and virtual exhibitions.

The grand opening of the new establishment took place on December 6. The Center will promote social and cultural activities and contribute to the progress of the society, the state, and the entire region.


"I am honored to be able to open this Center together with all of you. Today we are talking about an enlightened person, a philosopher who was born here, went to Paris and left a significant mark on the history of mankind,” rejoiced the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the state of Israel to the Republic of Lithuania Mr. Yossef Levy.

According to the Ambassador, the opening of the new Center also opens a new page in history. The Ambassador believes that Jews and Lithuanians are mature enough to look at the common history, the stories that complement each other. “We are mature enough to see the progress of friendship, development, courage, science, philosophy, and culture. I wish for this institution to become the Center of Kaunas culture, where people meet, share experiences, respect, and love each other. Thank you for everything you do,” the Ambassador expressed his gratitude.

Professor Vytautas Landsbergis pointed out that the name of Emmanuel Levinas, a philosopher of Lithuanian origin, is important not only for France, but also for the entire Europe. "This is a phenomenon, I am just not sure how well it is understood in the world. Perhaps in Lithuania, we are also only partially aware of it. <...> Lithuania is greater, it was and still is in the memory of the whole of Europe thanks to the cultural phenomenon of Lithuanian Jews who form a certain entity. It can be said that the Litvaks are a great honor of Lithuania,” said Professor.

The Mayor of Kaunas, Visvaldas Matijošaitis, was pleased with the way the University quickly and thoroughly arranged the new Center and adapted it to cultural activities. "I walked in this building three years ago, and it is hard to believe what I see here today. I am glad that we can trust each other, that we listen and hear," said the Mayor of the city and thanked the leaders of LSMU for creating the new Center.

According to Rector of LSMU, Prof. Rimantas Benetis, the opening of the Emmanuel Levinas Center is an important event for the entire University. "This is the third social project of the University, the University that specializes in and is focused on health sciences. By opening this Center, we sought to return Emmanuel Levinas to Kaunas, where the philosopher’s roots are. I thank everyone who contributed to the creation of this Center, dedicated their time and other resources to this institution,” said Rector Prof. Rimantas Benetis.


The opening ceremony of the Center was also attended by a special guest, Emmanuel Levinas's grandson Dr. David Hansel. Dr. Hansel reviewed the most important events of his grandfather's life and thanked the representatives of the University and Kaunas City authorities. “Levinas was very proud of his identity, Jewish-French and Litvak from Lithuania. The Center celebrates his life and work. As such, it celebrates the Jewish community of Kaunas and the Litvaks. It is a memorial to the victims of antisemitism and National Socialism in Lithuania. It honors the 915 “Righteous among the Nations” from Lithuania, who realized, in a more concrete way, Levinas’s philosophy. They were ready for the ultimate sacrifice, to support, hide, and save Jews with determination and courage,” said Dr. Hansel.

Emmanuel Levinas, a prominent philosopher of Jewish origin who was born in Kaunas and later left for France; the Center was named after him in order to perpetuate historical memory and to preserve his heritage.

The Center is located in the building constructed in 1926, designed by the patriarch of architecture Vytautas Landsbergis-Žemkalnis. In 1926–1932, it housed the French Embassy.

Let's get to know each other – Ujunwa Ekweogu


1.jpg (regular, 375x500)My name is Ujunwa Ekweogu, I am from the southeastern state of Nigeria called Imo. In 2020, I made the decision to get a foreign education different from what I am used to in my home country. I started looking for study opportunities in various countries of the world and eventually found myself in Lithuania.

In September 2020, I started my studies at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, with neither experience nor knowledge of public health. I can now be proud of my knowledge, skills, impressions and experience, thanks to my amazing professors who have dedicated their time in educating us through many projects, seminars and research. I am a student ambassador and mentor. These programmes gave me leadership skills and strengthened my confidence in public speaking and prepared me for a further career.

Before coming here, I had conflicting feelings, including adapting to a new lifestyle, as well as a foreign language that will eventually become what I am used to. Those fears and feelings are a thing of the past now because the experience I had so far exceeded my expectations. I fell in love with this little country and its culture suits me perfectly. I’ve always wanted to live in a small town that didn’t have big car congestion and noise. Kaunas made that dream come true and I never regretted coming here. 

2.jpg (regular, 500x375)The challenges I faced most often have always been related to language. I usually had a hard time expressing myself and having friendly conversations. When I called for a meeting at an organisation, sometimes I wasn’t considered competent in terms of language and it would annoy me for a moment, but I told myself it wasn’t their fault at all. I am a foreigner who has to learn their language. In addition, I also had an interesting experience at a bank where the person serving me did not speak English. Even though that person couldn't communicate with me, they were still very nice and understanding - we used Google translate to handle my business at the bank. 

I enjoyed every moment of visiting here, starting with the level of Lithuanian reception and ending with the beautiful city I call home this year. I make the most of my stay here, interacting with people and building international relationships. Lithuania has given me such an opportunity and I am forever grateful to have experienced this stage of my life in this beautiful country. 

Prepared during the implementation of the project "Let's get to know each other".

Studies At Lsmu Presented In Ukraine


On October 19–23, LSMU representatives Julija Vasilenko-Maskvytė, International Program Coordinator at the International Relations and Study Center (IRSC), and Jevgenij Razgulin, psychologist, participated at the first live education fair this year Worl Edu, which took place in Kiev, Ukraine.

LSMU was invited to take a part in the fair by the Education Exchange Support Foundation (SMPF), which implements the Lithuanian higher education internationalization development project Study in Lithuania and helps Lithuanian higher education institutions recruit international students.

Great interest in LSMU study programs

During the education fair, young people, their parents and teachers were interested in various LSMU study programs offered in English, living conditions in Lithuania, and University support for students. Students who already possess a bachelor’s degree or are graduating from bachelor’s programs were interested in master’s degree programs at LSMU; there was a great  interest in government scholarships for Ukrainian citizens.

The Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Ukraine Valdemaras Sarapinas visited the fair and communicated with the representatives of 12 Lithuanian higher education institutions that took part at the fair.

Highly demanded online preparation courses

On October 21, representatives of LSMU presented the University study programs and news to the employees of the largest Ukrainian student recruitment agency STUDY.UA. Particular attention was given to online pre-med course for prospective health science students.

In the evening, Study in LT organized a reception for Lithuanian higher education partners in Ukraine and alumni from Lithuanian institutions. During the reception, the representatives of LSMU met with the Director of the Educational and Scientific Institute of Medicine, Associate Professor of Applied Medicine, LIUDMILA SABLINA, and ANDREY LOTAREV, Head of the International Office from KROK University in Kiev. MARYANA HRYTSIUK, Head of the Social Medicine and Public Health Department, Vice-Chancellor of International Affrairs

from Bukovinian State Medical University (Chernivtsi) also attended the meeting.

Opportunities for cooperation discussed

Opportunities for co-operation, student and teacher exchanges and the possibility to present LSMU master’s degree programs to bachelor’s students at these universities were discussed with the representatives. On the last day of the visit to Ukraine, LSMU representatives were invited to the European International University (IEU), where they met with the President of the University, FRANZ VLADIMIR VON HABSBURG-LOTHRINGEN, and the administration of IEU.

During the meeting, the possibilities of student and teacher exchange were discussed, and it was agreed that LSMU master’s programs will be presented to bachelor’s students of the university. Representatives of LSMU invited the IEU administration and staff to participate in the staff training and teaching week events organized by LSMU in spring.

It is expected that participation in education fairs and growing cooperation with student recruitment agencies and partners from other Ukrainian universities will help to attract new students to various study programs offered by LSMU and will promote greater mutually beneficial cooperation.

by Jevgenij Razgulin, LSMU IRSC psychologist and
Julija Vasilenko-Maskvytė International Program Coordinator

The Anniversary of LSMU Veterinary Academy: Progress, Experience, Quality, Importance


This year is rich in anniversaries for the Veterinary Academy (VA) at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU). The Academy and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (VF) celebrate the 85th anniversary, the Faculty of Animal Science – the 75th anniversary, the Veterinary Museum, which preserves the history of Lithuanian veterinary medicine, celebrates its 40th anniversary, and Dr. Leonas Kriaučeliūnas Small Animal Clinic celebrates its 25th anniversary.

0591280x853.jpg (regular, 500x333)LSMU Rector, Prof. Rimantas Benetis, congratulated the Veterinary Academy on the occasion of these significant anniversaries during the festive celebration. The merger of two strong academies into the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences more than a decade ago has led to fundamental change and progress.

Experience and progress

“Modern VA is an integral part of the advanced and highly rated LSMU, which gives priority and consistently improves the quality of studies, develops research, seeks a breakthrough by strengthening internationality,” said LSMU VA Chancellor Prof. Mindaugas Malakauskas.

In the fall, in one of the most famous international university rankings, Times Higher Education (THE), LSMU was positioned among the 601–800 best higher education institutions in the world and gained the top position among all the Lithuanian universities.

“This fact further encourages the pursuit of quality and international recognition also in the veterinary and agricultural fields, with a particular emphasis on research progress and innovation,” the Professor added.

According to the Professor, the activities of the Academy are inseparable from current problems and challenges in the world: qualified animal health care, research, and control of zoonoses ensuring animal welfare not only by assessing the qualifications of trained specialists but also by educating the public.

“Of course, the challenges of climate change and the European Green Course are also increasingly reflected in curriculum subjects and research,” claimed Prof. M. Malakauskas.

Following the Professor, recent investments of the University in the study infrastructure – animal clinics and bases of veterinary and agricultural fields (Public Enterprise LSMU Practical Training and Testing Center and LSMU VA Institute of Animal Husbandry) reflect the uniqueness of the University’s Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural studies and research, which is even more prominent due to combining the progress achieved over the years with the accumulated work expertise.

0761280x803.jpg (regular, 500x314)Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at LSMU VA, Prof. Vita Riškevičienė, added that the achieved international EAEVE accreditation and the popularity of study programs both among Lithuanian and foreign students undoubtedly prove the quality of veterinary studies.

“Another criterion is a high (over 90%) percentage of graduates, counting from those who enrolled. This shows that our studies are chosen by highly motivated people,” argued Prof. V. Riškevičienė.

Dean of the Faculty of Animal Sciences at LSMU VA, Prof. Rolandas Stankevičius, also drew attention to the accumulated vast pedagogical, practical and scientific experience of teachers and researchers, an excellent base of practical training and testing, and close cooperation with alumni and social partners.

Where are they needed?

VA is of strategic importance to the state, as it is only here that veterinary and animal husbandry specialists are trained that are necessary for the performance of the functions of state institutions, such as the State Food and Veterinary Service, etc.

Veterinary food safety specialists are equally welcome in food processing and marketing companies, where they also work in important areas of safety and quality management or control. And for those who obtained the profession of a veterinary doctor, doors are open to private and state veterinary networks, veterinary pharmaceutical retail and wholesale companies, the State Border Service, etc.

Professional activities of Food Science graduates are closely related to the safety and quality of agricultural products, innovative product manufacture and assessment technologies, ensuring that the product is not only nutritious and attractive but also healthy.

The study program of Animal and Human Interaction covers the peculiarities of pet nutrition, breeding technologies, care, reproduction, training, and other animal-assisted activities. And these are just a few of the VA study programs.

46 specializations

Clinics of the VF employ 46 veterinarians of different specializations (cardiologists, dermatologists, cytologists, neurologists, osteopaths, etc.).

All University veterinarians also work as lecturers, so their practical knowledge is based on the latest scientific achievements and methodologies. If necessary, the specialists of these clinics consult other veterinarians when encountering specific cases. With the development of specialists, the quality of veterinary services is growing throughout Lithuania.

“We are also proud that the University provides opportunities to purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, which does not only provide high-quality diagnostic veterinary services to patients but also enables future specialists to touch modern equipment with their own hands and learn how to manage and interpret research results,” said Head of LSMU VA VF Dr. L. Kriaučeliūnas Small Animal Clinic, Assoc. Prof. Birutė Karvelienė and Head of LSMU VA VF Large Animal Clinic, Assoc. Prof. Arūnas Rutkauskas.

During the internship in these clinics, students learn how to use magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, digital X-ray machine, endoscope, etc., without which a modern veterinarian would not be able to be a quality employee.

More than 27,000 four-legged patients were treated at the Large Animal Clinic in the past year, most of which were cattle, and small ruminants (sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas). They are brought from various parts of Lithuania, and in more severe cases at night.

The small animal clinic is visited by almost 10 thousand patients from all over Lithuania every year; the clinic performs more than 400 different procedures; the laboratory carries out various diagnostic tests (blood, urine morphological and biochemical tests, thyroid hormone, progesterone concentration tests, etc.), and necessary medications and rational advice can always be obtained by pet owners at VF Dr. L. Kriaučeliūnas Small Animal Pharmacy.

The best European veterinary professionals (neurologists, dermatologists, orthopedists, etc.) are conferred with and consulted when necessary so that patients have the best opportunities for treatment, students for training, and doctors for improvement.

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VA Chancellor Prof. M. Malakauskas is convinced that the long-term priorities of the Academy allow to expect leadership not only in Lithuania but also in the region or on an international scale.

In the near future, membership in the European Veterinary College is envisioned, which will further expand the opportunities for the specialization of veterinarians.

“VF envisions to continue the development of the internationality of science: we hope to achieve this by developing bioinformatics specializations, microbiome and resistome research in animal populations and intensive farming environment, and by going deeper into other relevant areas of veterinary science. This will help to cooperate with the leading research centers in Europe and guarantee the continuous dissemination of science and science-based studies and practice,” claimed Prof. V. Riškevičienė.

Prof. R. Stankevičius summarized that the strength of the Academy is a modern base for practical training and research, as well as lecturers with extensive practical experience, who integrate the achieved scientific results into production and at the same time into the study process.

Photos: V. Kandrotas; LSMU Communications Department

LSMU And CINDI Collaboration Has Organised An International Seminar, Dedicated To Discussing New Opportunities And Challenges Arising From Evidence Based Public Health Science


The most recent global disease and mortality statistics show that world population health deterioration was fatefully influenced by both the COVID-19 pandemic, and by chronic non-communicable diseases (NCD), as well as their risk factors’ interaction with the pandemic – ideal conditions were created for the health crisis to evolve. Therefore, a term which was rarely heard until now – Syndemic, has become widely used, which summarises the infectious and chronic diseases’ synergic epidemic.

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On 29th September by the initiative of the LSMU Faculty of Public Health, Health Research Institute (Centre of collaboration with WHO in the field of NCD), LSMU International Relations and Study Centre and CINDI Collaboration, an international remote seminar Opportunities for Evidence-Based Public Health in the Aftermath of the Pandemic took place. 37 invitations only participants (presenters and listeners) from Lithuania, USA, Canada, Austria, China, Portugal, Poland, Finland, and Italy were invited. The event was led by the Head of the Health Research Institute Assoc. Prof. Mindaugas Štelemėkas.

In the introductory announcement the long-term WHO expert, our University’s former Rector Prof. Vilius Grabauskas, drew attention to the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how vulnerable is the human population. It was also noted, that infectious and non-communicable diseases have a common factor group – individuals’ behaviour – most often deciding their vulnerability.

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One of the main presentations in the seminar was prepared by the WHO representative Dr. Ruitai Shao. He reviewed the consequences of the pandemic to various countries, vulnerable groups. In the WHO representative’s opinion, response to the pandemic crisis should be universal and global – the creation of a universal world health structure shared funding mechanism for conquering the crisis as well as facilitation of accessibility to medication and technologies (i.e., telemedicine).

Of course, this world pandemic crisis has opened us up for new opportunities as well – it mobilised countries to strengthen healthcare systems, to create and implement remote medicine systems and networks, dedicated to NCD control improvement. It is gradually understood better, that much more attention should be paid to primary care and ambulatory care.  The WHO expert drew attention to the fact, that it is essential to pay more attention to preventative intervention research in the field of NCD – early diagnostics of oncology diseases, harmful behaviour health risk factors’ elimination, to better understand and manage population health literacy challenges related to refusal to vaccinate by parts of the population and/or to take part in disease prevention programmes.

Many interesting insights were provided by the Director of Prevention Research Centre at Washington University (St. Louis, USA) Prof. Ross C. Brownson in his presentation New Evidence-Based Public Health Opportunities. He discussed in detail, what is scientific evidence and what relation between individuals exists in relation to the political and organisational context. The scientist once more stressed, what is evidence-based public health (Kohatsu et. al., 2004): “it is a process, during which scientifically based intervention methods are implemented in an aim to improve population health”. The presenter drew attention to the fact that from the beginning of primary intervention and data collection to method implementation in practice, it takes around a decade or more. However, COVID-19 pandemic has shown, that science-based disease prevention methods can be rejected by a portion of the population, misunderstood, interpreted as damaging. This can be explained by a lack of general or health literacy, as well as misinformation – false information, disinformation. This phenomenon has gotten particularly strong during the time of the pandemic and in the future should receive much greater attention from the community of health sciences. Because of these reasons, the scientist proposed to learn the lessons provided by the pandemic and to pay more attention not just to scientific research, but also to the improvement of communication of healthcare knowledge.

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Leadership experience, fighting with the challenges of infectious and non-communicable diseases
– was presented by the former Minister of Health of the Republic of Lithuania Dr. Aurelijus Veryga. His personal experience as the Minister of Health is interesting, because during the first part of his term in office as the Minister of Health he tried to implement WHO recommendations, created and grounded in scientific research and dedicated to controlling health problems caused by alcohol consumption and smoking, meaning to control the factors of chronic diseases and the pandemic of chronic diseases. In the second half of his term in office the Minister A. Veryga had to open the “new front” – a battle on the rising COVID-19 pandemic.  Therefore, from the systemic, precise, long-term pace of alcohol consumption prevention, he had to refocus on the swift decision strategy. In both instances, there was no shortage of critics, sceptics, or opponents. Dr. A. Veryga noted, that on the battle front of NCD, in his opinion, no small victory has been achieved – alcohol consumption in Lithuania has been reduced by 1.5 – 2 litres per person, in the last 3 – 4 years when evaluating residents of the country of the age 15 and older. Therefore, Lithuania is one of the leading countries that managed to reduce alcohol consumption.

In the discussion after the presentations, the seminar was summarised as follows: even though not everyone understands that it is essential to learn the lessons of the pandemic, improve preparation for emergency situations, encourage international collaboration and pay more attention to vulnerable groups, but it is equally important to strengthen the competencies when battling the spread of health misinformation and in increasing public health awareness.

Prof. Linas Šumskas LSMU, VSF, Senior Researcher at the Health Research Institute
Professor the Prophylactic Medicine Department
Assoc. Prof. Mindaugas Štelemėkas, LSMU, VSF, Head of the Health Research Institute
Agnė Jašauskaitė, LSMU International Programme Coordinator at the Academic Mobility Department of the International Relations and Study Centre
Photographs by: Assoc. Prof. Mindaugas Štelemėkas and Agnė Jašauskaitė

Fresher’s Camp 2021


The much-awaited, yearly Freshers’ Camp was a major blast this year! After a musical bus ride, the participants arrived at “Guosta”, prepared for a fun day full of activities and games organized specifically for the new students at LSMU to get to know each other and create bonds that would last for the duration of their long studies.

20210925_140408918x1280.jpg (regular, 359x500)Thanks to “Guosta’s“ fantastic hospitality all of the participants got to enjoy a filling lunch, after which they were all ready and excited to kick off the afternoon activities in the beautiful autumn sunshine. Activities ranged from the classic egg and spoon race and the sack race to group problem solving like attempting to de-tangle the human knot. The competitive spirit was especially strong this year because the participants could score points for their team in each activity, leading up to a big prize for the winning team at the end of the camp.

After the outdoor team-building, the freshmen had time to relax while they awaited a tasty dinner. In the evening, the leader of our organizing team, Anais, opened the game night, where the participants could put their knowledge of Lithuania and LSMU to the test with a short quiz, as well as compete in various amusing activities. The twerking game and “banana-orange push” were definite crowd-pleasers, and brought about a room full of laughter to the underlying competition.

The nightlife at Freshers’ Camp never falters, and this year was no exception. The organizers and participants celebrated together in the big hall with the music pumped to the maximum but also had a more mellow mood at the campfire with live music from a few talented musicians. The night was wild until the wee-morning hours, but then everything went quiet as everyone curled up in their cabins, getting a good rest before a full Sunday.

Following an 8:30 wake-up call, all those who managed to crawl out of bed in the morning, gathered in the sports area with their mats to do a few acro-yoga asanas, led by our resident gurus— Ilma and Aurelien. Having some morning movement was key in giving everyone a jump starts to the day, accompanied by a lovely breakfast served by the residency.

Post-breakfast, the annual Scavenger Hunt could commence. The freshers raced to discover clues hidden around the premises, completing ten highly important, almost magical, tasks that would lead them to uncover the name of a beloved childhood film. The group that managed to guess the name of the film were awarded many points, putting them in the lead to win the whole of Fresher’s Camp! They were generously rewarded by our organizers.

After Sunday’s lunch, a water polo tournament was held at the nearby lake. Some daring participants splashed around in the icy water, while the rest sat by the beach and cheered them on. The afternoon was relaxing, and everyone was free to enjoy their last hours at “Guosta” according to their own interests. Some used the sporting facilities to play volleyball, basketball, and football, while others basked in the warm sun of one of the last balmy autumn days in Lithuania.

Everyone who was at Freshers’ Camp, both the participants and the organizers, had a fun-filled weekend that is seared into their memories for a long time… or at least until next September! Freshers’ Camp is truly an annual tradition that cannot be missed!
Text: Hana Hanusova, Veterinary Medicine, 3rd-year student. Photos: Jevgenij Razgulin

A Cycling Trip To Commemorate World Heart Day


Join LSMU in cycling trip to commemorate World Heart Day on 29 September @Kaunas City Hall 16:30! 

The World Heart Day is traditionally celebrated on 29 Septemberby the members of the LSMU Cardiology club together with their teachers, doctors and all indifferent people. The motto of this year’s World Heart Day is “Let the heart connect us!” 

cycling.png (regular, 500x262)Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 4:30 p.m. all Kaunas dwellers, not only medics, but also those who promote a healthy lifestyle, are invited to join and participate in the cycling trip! 

We invite you to join with the moto: LET THE ❤️ CONNECT US FOR AN ACTIVE LIFE! 

❤️ Wednesday, September 29. 

❤️ 4.30 p.m. at Kaunas City Hall. 

❤️ The bicycle column will move along the Panemunė bicycle path towards Šančiai. 

❤️ In the evening, the fountain at the Laisves Avenue will light up, reminding every passer-by with a red light about the World Heart Day. 

We cordially invite you to participate and CONNECT! 

Facebook event: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/380796423638512/ 

P.S. We will wear red t-shirts 


Thanks to the New Exceptional Quality Equipment MRT Imaging Is Now Available at Dr. L. Kriaučeliūnas Small Animal Clinic


This autumn at Dr. L. Kriaučeliūnas clinic of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) - is extraordinarily joyful. After completion of calibration and adaptation work, one of the most modern and advanced open system magnetic resonance imaging and tomography device in the Baltic states began its service. The new equipment used for magnetic resonance imaging – is fully adapted for veterinary diagnostics; the patients of the small animal clinic have already benefited from its use.

birutekarvelienetrecias.jpg (regular, 500x341)According to Dr. Birutė Karvelienė, Head of the LSMU Veterinary Academy’s (VA) Dr. L. Kriaučeliūnas Small Animal Clinic, the demand for magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) in veterinary medicine is increasing daily.

Previously used and already more than familiar to the staff of the clinic visual diagnostic tools – X-ray, ultrasound, endoscopy scans – do not meet the demands; these scans are not always sufficient, for differentiating the diseases. MRT in world veterinary practice has been used for decades and has become almost the only most precise method of diagnosis.

The wealth of scientific information justifies, that the scan – is very much needed and is widely used for human, and veterinary medicine.

“We can rejoice, that the same MRT systems are successfully used by the most famous veterinary centres of Great Britain, the quality of this equipment is particularly valued by the specialists around the world.

We want to inform the whole veterinary doctors ‘community about the new open system MRT equipment’s potential, because it will be used for scanning not only the patients of Dr. L. Kriaučeliūnas Small Animal Clinic. It is expected to meet the demands of the whole veterinary community of the Baltics. MRT scanning will be conducted upon referral. This method of diagnostics will help numerous doctors to confirm a suspected diagnosis, help their patients faster and more precisely,” – noted Ass. Prof. Dr. B. Karvelienė.

MRT diagnostic potential – particularly extensive

027.jpg (regular, 500x286)MRT imaging can be conducted on all areas of animal body.

The first scans for the patients of the LSMU VA Dr. L. Kriaučeliūnas Small Animal Clinic were conducted for their nervous systems (head, spinal cord) and joints (shoulder, elbow, knee and hip joints). Upon receiving the MRT scan reports, having established the diagnosis, patients were prescribed treatment accordingly.

The extensive potential of the MRT equipment will allow to conduct scans on patients who have respiratory diseases, inspecting their head sinuses, nasopharynxes, chest organs. The work of the internal medicine doctors will become easier as well – the new equipment will be used for scanning the abdominal organ systems.

“Veterinary neurology without MRT imaging – is simply unimaginable,” – observed Marius Jankauskas, a Veterinary Doctor specialising in neurology field at LSMU VA Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. According to the specialist, previously the opportunities to test for a neurological disease qualitatively were particularly limited – say, Myelography examination would be used – very risky, not sufficiently specific or sensitive. Now, when conducting spinal cord MRT scanning, it is possible to differentiate not only the area where pathology can be found, but also to describe existing changes and diagnosis precisely.

“Often animals have intervertebral disc protrusion and extrusion disease, when surgical treatment is implemented – however similar clinical symptoms can be caused by fibrocartilaginous thromboembolism, in the instance of which – surgical intervention is not required. It is only possible to distinguish the two diseases with the help of MRT imaging, because even during computer tomography scan such disease differentiation level is unachievable.

Head area, brain scanning when diagnosing meningoencephalitis, brain tumours, hydrocephaly or when working with a patient that has epilepsy, helps in choosing the appropriate treatment, establishing prognostic disease report, cancellation of breeding selection due to congenital pathologies.” – the extensive potential of the new open system MRT device were described by M. Jankauskas.

Obvious advantages when comparing with other scans

mrtantras.jpg (regular, 500x333)Another step towards the more precise diagnosis of animal diseases – magnetic tomography scans in orthopaedics. The attitudes towards animals are changing really fast in society, often the pet – is a fully-fledged member of the family, therefore their owners are inclined to invest into complex, modern diagnostic tests, which are conducted on animals more and more often.

Frequently the animal is brought to the clinic as soon as clinical symptoms appear.

In such instances orthopaedic testing helps find the source of the disease, but is sensitive enough to establish a diagnosis, whereas an X-ray imaging does not aid in seeing specific changes of the disease – with joint and muscle tissue MRT, it is possible to diagnose muscle, tendon, ligament, meniscus, cartilage pathologies.

Head of the Surgery Department at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of LSMU VA, Dr. Dalia Juodžentė noted, that often animal’s hind leg anterior cruciate ligament tear causes the secondary tear of meniscus due to which arthrotomy revision is undertaken, even though arthrotomy is not essential for ligament restoration. Magnetic resonance imaging prior to surgery aids in evaluating the condition of the joint, in choosing more precise surgical treatment, surgery time is reduced, recovery and rehabilitation is quicker.

Chest MRT is sensitive to thymus pathologies, which are diagnosed, but not classified when ultrasound scanning, or X-ray imaging are done. Lung MRT scan is most often conducted when identifying metastasis, evaluating lung functions or other pathologies as well as helps in planning other diagnostic steps and surgical interventions. Abdominal area MRT is no exception, which is used for liver, gallbladder, intestinal and kidney pathologies.

The potential for the use of the new MRT equipment was discussed at the International Veterinary Neurology Seminar which took place on 10th September and was attended by 300 veterinary doctors. Prof. Vita Riškevičienė, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, at the Veterinary Academy of LSMU, rejoiced that the new potential is available not just for the veterinary doctors, but also for students and residents of veterinary medicine.

The staff of the LSMU Veterinary Academy’s Dr. L. Kriaučeliūnas Small Animal Clinic, are expressing their gratitude to the Administration of LSMU for the opportunity to work with the new equipment and to use the most advanced methods, for believing in the competence of the team, their desire to improve their work and to better the quality of veterinary medicine studies.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Birutė Karvelienė, 
Head of the LSMU Veterinary Academy’s (VA) Dr. L. Kriaučeliūnas Small Animal Clinic


Join us for our 2nd Evidence-Based Research Conference “The place of EBR in the Evidence Ecosystem”.

Program and abstract book available at: https://evbres.eu/abstractandprogram2/

Full list of keynote speakers: https://evbres.eu/keynote-speakers_2021/

Dates: 27-28th September 2021

Place: online (Zoom Webinar)

Registration closes 22nd September

 

We look forward to “seeing” you there!



A special event at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) – 450 first-year LSMU medicine students, began their path in the responsible profession of medic, and received their symbolic gift – their first white coat of a medic. Future doctors gave and oath surrounded by their friends, family, colleagues and educators and were congratulated for having joined the professional community of medics. 

Whilst congratulating the future doctors, LSMU Rector Prof. Rimantas Benetis reminded them, that the colour white is associated with moral purity, the white coat – is the symbol of the profession, duty and great responsibility. 

“About 1.2 thousand of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences lecturers are prepared to share their knowledge with you, of those more than 700 have science degrees. A year of incumbent, difficult, but interesting studies awaits you: the knowledge changes fast, new technologies are implemented,” – reminded the University’s Rector, wishing the first-year students to find a healthy balance between studies, social activities and personal leisure time. 


“Today – is an important day in your lives. From now on you will always be doctors. You will be needed – always and everywhere – Prof. Algimantas Tamelis, Dean of Faculty of Medicine at the Medicine Academy of LSMU, addressed the students.
 

The Dean of the Faculty stressed, that at this challenging time during the world pandemic, exceptionally interesting studies filled with novelties and discoveries await them. 

Students of Medicine were also addressed by Prof. Remigijus Žaliūnas on behalf of the LSMU professors’ community, reminded all that the celebration is the perfect occasion to begin building the pyramid of their values. 

“Amongst the fundamental values is – communication with patients. Quite often you will be their teachers, advisors, protectors, experts and comforters. Whatever the relationships may be between yourselves and the patients, they have to be grounded in humanity, responsibility. Another value – communication with colleagues: you will have to learn to work with them as a team,” spoke Prof. R. Žaliūnas. 

President of the LSMU SA Evelina Alūzaitė also congratulated the first-year students: “By putting on the white coat, you commit to respect the University, its leaders, your colleagues, the whole academic community. You also commit to study honourably, not to spread untruths, to aspire all the best for the patient.” 


The commitment to fulfil their duties responsibly and honourably – to study the science of medicine, to learn to respect the patient, lecturer, colleague – future doctors from around the world confirmed with their solemn Hippocratic oath.
 

Academic festivities, symbolically celebrating the beginning of the path of Doctor of Medicine, are common amongst numerous universities of medicine around the world, and particularly the USA. In our country it is a relatively new phenomenon: White coat celebration tradition is for the fourth year celebrated only at the Lithuanian University of Health Science. 

The date of the event is no accident. During the first weeks of studies the first-year students are taught the introductory subjects for their chosen profession, they are introduced to the specifics of their future occupation, conduct observational practices at family clinics. 

The white coat – is the symbol of belonging to the medical community. This celebration means, that students who have chosen studies of medicine are becoming members of the medical doctors’ community and are joining the professions. Even during the first year of studies they will interact with patients. A suffering individual expects assistance and empathy, regardless whether the white coat is worn by the just beginning or an experienced doctor. 

Medical doctors’ professional behaviour standards are now applicable to our first-year students – everyone expects professional, sensitive, wise, knowledge-based and committed behaviour from them” – stressed Prof. Algimantas Tamelis, Dean of Faculty of Medicine at the Medicine Academy of LSMU. 


Medical studies at LSMU – are one of the most popular studies, they are chosen by talented and particularly motivated students from Lithuania and other countries of the world.
 

At the newest prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) world university rating Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) was rated highly amongst the top 601-800 best universities of the world. 











Conversation with an Extraordinary Person, a Veterinary Academy Alumna, Veterinarian Joana Griciūtė


The last time we met at the Veterinary Academy Museum with the alumna of the Academy Joana Griciūtė, it was seven years ago, in 2014, when I proposed to hold a meeting with the University community.

The Museum hall could barely accommodate everyone who wanted to hear about the experience of a young doctor volunteering in Costa Rica, South Africa, as well as in Indonesia with the world’s most famous orangutan researcher, j.gricitsuaugintine.jpg (original, 500x750)Professor Birutė Galdikas. We organized several Joana’s photography exhibitions: at the Academy, Aleksandras Stulginskis Agricultural and Vilnius Universities, Family Medicine Clinic. A total of five years of volunteering, spent in wild monkey sanctuaries, in difficult conditions, providing assistance to primates, participating in research expeditions in the jungle, as well as working in zoos. “I wanted to help wild animals not with words, but with deeds,” says Joana. “I am also bound by the Veterinarian’s Oath that I took.”

As a child, Joana felt attracted to nature and animals; thus she did not hesitate when it came to the choice of her profession as a veterinarian. After volunteering, another phase of life began, with ambitious plans to work as a veterinarian in the United States. j.gricitklinikojepietfloridoje.jpg (original, 675x830)In August, Joana visited the Academy Museum. We talked. After volunteering, Joana got a job at a large Small Animal Clinic in South Florida. The Clinic, founded in 1979, has many departments: neurology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, animal behavior, cardiology, dental care, rehabilitation, and last year, a specialist in exotic animals started working there. A few years ago, the Clinic began providing emergency assistance to wildlife in collaboration with reserves. Animals that transmit infectious diseases are cared for by the Wildlife Center, so Joana does not get to meet them.

For three years, Joana worked as a nurse in internal medicine and later in emergency departments. This job taught her how to communicate with pet owners, because in the US, a lot of attention is given to that: there are trainings on how to recognize emotions in j.gricitklinikojepietfloridoje.jpg (original, 945x721)communication, what the posture or look should be... People come to the Clinic at night, barefoot, stressed, so not only animals need help, but their owners need reassurance as well.

The diploma obtained in Lithuania did not entitle the holder to work as a veterinarian in the United States; it was necessary to obtain a doctor’s license. Joana spent all her free time preparing for a pre-licensing program for citizens with a veterinary degree from abroad. The program consisted of several stages: submission of documents, English language test, knowledge test and internships in various clinics, farms, stables. The last and the most difficult stage was a three-day exam in Las Vegas under the supervision of rigorous evaluators. The tasks were to diagnose diseases in five different species of animals, to perform X-ray examinations, autopsy of the animal carcass, neutering of a dog, anesthesia during the operation, various laboratory tests, and other daily tasks. Few risk taking the exam, as the requirements are very high. “I had to prove that I had the aptitude and skills.” By the way, it is also a financial challenge; the entire preparation for the program cost about $20,000.

img_20210805_120546_rededited.jpg (original, 2000x1819)After obtaining a veterinarian’s license, Joana, who loves challenges, started looking for a job as an emergency veterinarian, but there was no such position at the Clinic. When colleagues learned that she was about to leave, they approached the administration with requests to find a way to keep an excellent employee who had earned the respect of co-workers: a position was created based on Joana’s preferred conditions; a three-year employment contract as an emergency veterinarian has been signed, and a mentor has been appointed for her. “The best thing was that I received a lot of support from everyone around me, especially when it was difficult,” rejoiced Joana.

Joana Griciūtė is a versatile personality, she feels that she is a global citizen, for whom the place of residence is not what matters, but rather her feeling and self-expression. She leads a vegan lifestyle for ten years now, is interested in different cultures and photography. In 2014, Joana participated in a competition announced by the Miami International Book Fair; the task of the fair was to describe Florida in six words. Out of 7,000 stories, Joana’s sentence was voted in the top six. On the occasion, a set of postcards with texts of the winners and photographs by a Miami photographer was issued. Joanna’s last name was on one of them as well.

Joana’s pets are also quite unconventional; she once sheltered a sick rooster and is currently taking care for a hen named Gretchen. Joana claims that chickens are tidy animals, responsive to name, people, other animals, very expressive, both loving and also predatory, but they do not attack their owner.

Joana is grateful to her former teachers for the knowledge, she is happy for the Academy which is getting more and more beautiful, and Joana believes that in the future, she will be happy to cooperate with her Alma Mater… Here is such a colorful, strong personality that started changing the world and striving for harmony with nature from herself...
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By Lina Baršauskienė, Head of the Veterinary Academy Museum

Welcome Celebration for International Students


On the sunny 5th September, the International Relations and Study Centre (IRSC) team greeted the first-year-students of 2021-2022. In the invitation, three words were mentioned: MEET. TASTE. EXPLORE, which suggested the three parts of the event. 
0361280x853.jpg (376x240, 360x240)During the celebratory meeting, the Dean of IRSC Prof. Ingrida Janulevičienė congratulated the students for having joined a large international student community. This year, the already large LSMU international student family was expanded further with 348 first-year-students from 48 countries. Also 85 ERASMUS exchange programme students have arrived at the LSMU from 12 countries, they have chosen to study at LSMU for either one or two semesters. With music playing, the students could MEET the staff of the IRSC team, other students, mentors and ask their many pressing questions.

At the inner court of LSMU decorated with the flags of the firs-year-students’ countries’ flags, the students were introduced to the Lithuanian food: cold beet soup, cepelinai (potato dumplings), šakotis (a cake cooked on a rotating spit) and kvass. This is how the second part of the event – TASTE was delivered. First-year-students bravely tried the Lithuanian dishes and rejoiced in having discovered new flavours.

0801280x853.jpg (376x240, 360x240)In the third part of the event – EXPLORE, the students were invited to take part in orienteering activities, where they had to find famous objects and places in Kaunas, this way getting to know the city where their academic journey begins. The three teams who completed the tasks the fastest and most precisely received LSMU souvenirs.

By organising events each year, we increasingly feel their value and see just how significant is the student integration, as well as how satisfaction with the university increases academic achievements. By getting involved in shared activities, students feel as members of the community, willingly take on voluntary activities – contribute to mentor, ambassador and other group initiatives, this way joining into the life of the University and the city even more. At the end of the event, Prof. Ingrida Janulevičienė wished everyone to be creative and active members of the LSMU community, to join as many extra-curricular activities, sports clubs, so that their study period would be fully-fledged and exciting.


The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) has earned a high position in the newest edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, ranking among the world’s 601-800 best higher education institutions,  the highest recognition earned by a Lithuanian university this year.

“This is a pleasant piece of news for the university at the start of of the new academic year. We are an international university compliant with the highest standards, and today we are witnessing the results of continued, consistent and comprehensive work based on the principle of unity between studies, science and clinical practice, which the entire university community contributed to,” says LSMU rector prof. Rimantas Benetis.

In forming the rankings, the LSMU received the highest evaluation of 75 points in terms of the citations criterion - the rankings’ creators indicate that this reflects the global influence of the higher education institution’s scientific work, and the scope of its distribution of knowledge and ideas.

The LSMU also stood out in terms of the international outlook criterion with 53 points. This refers to the higher education institution’s achievements at an international level, as well as its ability to attract undergraduate and postgraduate students from around the world.

LSMU is currently one of the most international universities in Lithuania, with almost 20 per cent of its students  hailing from overseas, attracting students from Israel, Sweden, Germany and India.

The university was also recognised as an institution which contributes to the development of industry through its innovations, inventions and consultations. Based on the industry income criterion, the university was awarded 35 points.
This is not the first time  LSMU was noted in the prestigious global university rankings - last year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 saw the institution recognised as one of the world’s 550 best higher education institutions  for studying medicine.

In the 2019 QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia – EECA Rankings, the LSMU found itself among the top 31 per cent of the best higher education institutions in the region.




Dear Freshmen,
We are pleased to inform you that you will be assigned to study groups on August 24-25.

When You will be assigned to the study group, you will be able to see Your study schedule in the LSMU Study Information System (LSMUSIS).




You can also fill out the declaration for the conditions of study on your LSMUSIS student personal data profile at – https://lsmusis.lsmuni.lt/Asmenys/Covid/Deklaracija 

We note, that during studies the status of Your declaration may be checked, therefore we kindly request you to always have the documents proving your declaration data (such as the copy of the document, digital version, photo of the document or the original document) – on your person at all times. 

VERY IMPORTANT! Upon clicking “I consent to the conditions and commit to follow them” you will not be able to change your status. You will only be able to change your status by informing the dean’s office of your faculty. Your decision regarding your declaration must be well thought out.

In the declaration the student notes that they consent to the study prerequisites and confirm that they meet one of the four criteria:

1. They have been vaccinated by one of the following vaccines from COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection):

  • one week post the second dose of vaccination with “Comirnaty” or “Spikevax” vaccines according to the vaccination plan;
  • two weeks post the dose of vaccination with "COVID-19 Vaccine Jannsen" vaccine;
  • at least 4 weeks, but no more than 13 weeks post the first “Vaxzevria” vaccination;
  • after the second dose of the “Vaxzevria” vaccine according to the vaccination plan;
  • 2 weeks post vaccination with “Comirnaty”, “Spikevax” or “Vaxzevria” vaccine, for individuals who had the COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection) and whose diagnosis was confirmed with a positive SARS-CoV-2PGR test result;
  • one week post vaccination with “Comirnaty” or “Vaxzevria” vaccine second dose, if for the first dose of vaccination the “Vaxzevria” vaccine and for the second – “Comirnaty”vaccine were used, or vice versa.

2. If an individual has had the COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection) and the diagnosis was confirmed based on a positive SARS-CoV-2PGR test result or antigen test result, and no more than 210 days have passed since they tested positive (but no sooner than the assigned isolation period has ended). 

3. The student has received a positive test result no more than 60 days prior (when anti-S, anti-S1 or anti-RBD IgG antibodies for SARS-CoV-2 were found) of quantitative or semi-quantitative serological immunological test result, except for the instances when the serological test is conducted after vaccination from the COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection).

4. A COVID-19 test, namely SARS-CoV-2 PGR has been done, and a negative result was confirmed, – no earlier than 48 hours prior (counting from the moment of taking the sample).

 

The first time you log in to LSMUSIS, it is necessary to change the password.

If you forgot your password, read here: https://pagalba.lsmuni.lt/en/support/forgot-password

 

Good luck in your studies!


Vaccinate. Protect. Study


Hello Freshmen,

Congratulations on becoming a part of the #LSMU community!

We encourage you to get vaccinated and start your studies safely!*

We invite you to fill in the registration form: https://forms.office.com/r/YycRKevPh5

For your convenience, we will arrange a mobile “vaccination bus” to arrive at the University territory, where you will be able to get vaccinated.

We remind you that Kaunas City Mobile Vaccination Center indicates the stops where one can get vaccinated daily: http://en.kaunas.lt/news/vaccination-bus-stops-august-9th-august-15th

Please be reminded that from the 1st of September, studies at the University will commence in the usual face-to-face mode in compliance with the necessary study conditions, keeping the possibility, if necessary, to carry out part of the study process remotely.

More information: https://lsmuni.lt/en/front/news-and-events/contact-learning-at-lsmu--from-1st-september.html

Get vaccinated and start studying safely!

#Get vaccinatedStaysafeStudy #lsmu

* Only EU-approved vaccines are valid

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Students are invited to start the new study year being vaccinated


STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO START THE NEW STUDY YEAR BEING VACCINATED

Understanding the need for immunization of Lithuanian higher education communities and seeking to ensure a high level of study quality without reducing the contact activities necessary for studies and research, Lithuanian University Rectors' Conference, Rectors' Conference of Lithuanian University Colleges and Lithuanian Students‘ Union invites current and future students to start the new study year being vaccinated against Covid-19 infection.

Modern science has developed effective vaccines, so let’s use them and go back to normal academic life. Only after vaccination will we ensure full communication and quality studies.
Visit the websites of your municipality for the nearest vaccination point.
You may find mobile vaccination points nearby your high school.
Keep track of the information on the websites of your high school.

In the global fight against a pandemic, everyone‘s self-determination is important: let‘s overcome doubts and fears, let‘s get vaccinated for a full life!

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An important message for the community of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences – from 1st September 2021, studies at the university, student practices and clinical practices will be conducted in the usual contact manner, following the essential hygiene and personal protection requirements for studies and work, following the requirements valid at the time as well as the opportunities provided by the National Certificate and EU Digital Certificate. 

It is planned that the remote learning methods which have worked and proved themselves effective will be implemented and continually improved. Once the epidemiological situation changes, we intend to organize studies in mixed remote and contact methods. 

Following the Rector’s Order on the organization of study process from 1st September 2021, University’s heads of administrative departments are instructed to follow a single framework for actions, for students, the academic community – Provisions of the description of the procedure for the organization of the study process and the study prerequisites 

We kindly invite the whole community to get actively involved in the COVID-19 vaccination processes. Please promote scientifically based knowledge about vaccination and its benefits. 




We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 1st International Scientific Conference "Recent Trends and Future Prospects in Livestock Production" which will take part on 11th November 2021.

Organizers dedicated the conference to the 75th anniversary of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Veterinary Academy's Faculty of Animal Sciences.

We will share our relevant experiences and discuss the newest innovations in animal husbandry, including the care, nutrition, breeding, and genetics of livestock and the future potential of livestock production.

Participation in the conference will be free of charge.
The conference speakers will present in a hybrid format (contact / remote). 

Registration will be possible until 30th June 2021.
Presentations are to fall within the boundary of these scientific fields:
1. Animal Nutrition.
2. Animal breeding and genetics.
3. Production quality.

Please provide information about oral and (or) poster presentation by entering the information in the table below by 30th June 2021 (send to: vaida.dilbiene@lsmuni.lt )

Scientific field 
(1. Animal Nutrition. 
2. Animal Breeding and Genetics.
3. Production Quality.)

 

Forename, surname, institution(s) of the speaker and co-authors

 

Title of the presentation 

 

Method of presentation (oral or poster, contact or remote)

 

Contact person email, phone number

 

 

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 30th September 2021.

Abstract requirements are here: https://lsmuni.lt/media/dynamic/files/22238/requirements.pdf

Please send the necessary information to: vaida.dilbiene@lsmuni.lt 

 

EU-funded ESCAPE project launched to address multimorbidity in elderly patients




International experts from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, and Sweden are uniting to develop new treatment and care pathways for elderly patients with multiple chronic diseases.


Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program, ESCAPE is a €6.1 million, 4.5-year project that focuses on developing integrated, patient-centred treatment pathways for caring for multimorbid elderly patients.

As we age, many people face the challenges of having two or more simultaneous chronic diseases or conditions, known as “multimorbidity”. Treating multimorbidity in elderly patients is particularly difficult, especially when it involves both mental and physical conditions.

Caring for these multimorbid elderly patients requires different teams of experts from across the healthcare system. However, in many cases there are barriers within healthcare systems that prevent information exchange and limit sharing of data. This can lead to fragmented healthcare and potentially adverse outcomes for patients.

ESCAPE will address this challenge by creating an integrated, patient-centred approach for treating multimorbid elderly patients. The project’s interdisciplinary, multinational team of 16 partner organisations from eight European countries includes experts from general and hospital medical practices, psychology, health economics, Digital Health systems and patient and informal carer representatives.

Supported by a customised version of the cutting-edge imergo® Integrated Care Platform developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT), ESCAPE’s multidisciplinary team will create customised treatment plans that are personalised to individual patients’ needs and preferences and integrated among healthcare providers. The platform will empower patients and informal carers to prioritise the treatments that will improve their quality of life.

ESCAPE project coordinator, Dr Susanne S. Pedersen, Professor of Cardiac Psychology and Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Denmark and affiliated with the Department of Cardiology, Odense University Hospital said:

“ESCAPE is an innovative project that has the potential to create a profound change in how we treat and manage multimorbid elderly patients. The integrated, patient centred approach we are developing will enable healthcare providers to offer more efficient, effective treatment that leads to a better quality of life for our patients. I am proud to lead this great team effort and I look forward to many exciting developments in the coming years.”

A key part of the project will be a randomised, controlled trial across European countries led by ESCAPE project partner Professor Christoph Herrmann-Lingen, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen (Germany). Focusing on patients with chronic heart failure, psychological distress and at least two other physical co-morbidities, the trial will compare the outcomes of ESCAPE’s new, blended collaborative care approach with current patient care. Researchers will determine which approach leads to the best health-related quality of life for patients.

The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is also  a partner in the ESCAPE project, with participation of the Institute of Cardiology, The Department of Family Medicine, The Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery . The involved researchers - Dr. M. Beresnevaitė, Prof. R. Benetis, Prof. L.Valius, Dr. E. Rumbinaitė and Prof. R. Mačiulaitis - will take part in the clinical study outlined above.

The ESCAPE project commenced on 1st April 2021 with the launch meeting for partners held online on 8th April.


Successful Online PreMed courses


This spring, the Center for International Relations and Studies organized the traditional online PreMed Preparatory Courses -  a 10-week study programme aimed at foreign students interested in studying at LSMU and wishing to deepen their knowledge of Chemistry and Biology.

premed_2021.05.14.png (original, 1111x868)The participants from around the world (Dominican Republic, Iran, Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, Portugal, Russia) started the courses on 8th March. The online classes were given by LSMU professors: MA, MF Biochemistry department’s Assistant lecturer Svaja Dubickienė; VA, GMF Biology System and Genetic Research Institute’s lecturers Jelena Loginovič and dr. Laimutis Kučinskas. Not only students had a chance to learn new things in Biology or Chemistry, but discovered more about LSMU as well.

7 participants have successfully passed the final exam on 14th May.  5 applicants were offered to study Medicine programme, 2 - Odontology. The Dean of the International office Professor Ingrida Janulevičienė greeted the students and wished them the best of luck in the future.

It is gratifying that not only the future students of LSMU are motivated curious young people who look responsibly at their studies and start preparing in advance, but these courses are becoming more and more popular and are being chosen by a growing number of young people as well.

LSMU Veterinary Student Snapshot


This is me, Jeanette Mattsson, 33 years old, and I from Sweden. I grew up on a farm with the dream of becoming a veterinarian. I had been working in the human medicine field for the past 10 years, and while the years passed by, I gave up on my dream little by little. I told myself it was too late, that I will be too old when I graduate. But think about it, those years will pass by anyway, and as the quote I later decided to tattoo on my body says: “Don’t give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Now I am a 5th year Veterinary student, and I don’t regret a moment for taking this opportunity!

2.jpg (226x169, 135x169)Why did you decide to study abroad?

Even though I would love to answer this question with an inspiring answer such as, I saw an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of other countries and the world; that I could see myself learning a new language and appreciate other cultures, and so on. The truth is a bit different. Those mentioned things came to be true as well, but in the beginning, the answer would have been, because my grades from earlier education were not high enough to apply in my home country, Sweden, and I was searching for options.

How did you find LSMU, and why did you choose Veterinary Medicine?

1.jpg (376x240, 320x240)My answer to why I chose Veterinary Medicine is probably the same as of the majority of students in this program; it was a dream from a very young age, and I have always felt a special connection with animals. But since getting into Vet-school was practically impossible for me in Sweden, I started to give up on this dream, and I did not even think about the option to look for a Veterinary education abroad. After browsing the internet, I found an event in Sweden about studying abroad, more specifically, in Australia, where they offered a Business Management program. I thought that it would not hurt to go to the event and listen to what they had to say.

I went to the event, and there I met a woman that happened to be an LSMU ambassador, she told me about this Veterinary program in Lithuania and encouraged me to apply right away.

And without hesitating, I applied, expecting to not get accepted.

Imagine my surprise when they later told me I was accepted, and that I would start in just a few months!

Does life and study in Lithuania meet your expectations?

To be honest, I did not really know what to expect the day I moved to this country. I tried to do some research before, and being a control freak that I am, I sent messages to my mentor as soon as I got accepted to the program, asking all kinds of different questions. But it is difficult to imagine how it will be to leave everything familiar in your home country and move to a place where you do not know anyone and do not understand a single word coming out of the people’s mouths.

How student life looks like in LSMU? What does a typical day involve for a vet student?

In the Veterinary program at LSMU, it is obligatory to attend both labs and practical classes as well as the theoretical lectures. The days are sometimes very long since classes can start at 8.00 in the morning, and it is not uncommon to finish late in the afternoon. Some classes have even been scheduled until 19.00 in the evening. Even if the days at the University are long, you still need to study when you get home, which results in late nights.

But some days are shorter with only one or two classes, and then it is easier to plan the day with some studies and to find free time for sports or other events.

Can you tell something about this study program, its structure, exams, excursions? Are there many differences with the school system in Sweden?

I don’t think I can give a proper answer to this question for two reasons. I know that the study program here in Lithuania is changing a lot as we speak, and I am not fully aware of all the changes happening for new students. They have changed the structure of the program in many ways, and what I have heard from students that are currently in their first year, it is completely different from when I was in the first year. The program for me is 5.5 years, but now it changed to 6 years, and with that comes a lot of changes within each subject.

I am also not really updated about the Veterinary program in Sweden, except a few things I know that differ from the Lithuanian one. For example, the grade system in Lithuania is 1-10, where you need a 5 or more to pass, while in Sweden there is no grading, you only have passed/not passed. Students in Sweden do not need to organize their own practical internships since the school administration take care of that, while international students in Lithuania have to contact the place of internships themselves to organize it.

But to answer the question, I can tell you how it was structured during my study time in Lithuania. Every semester, we studied about 6 subjects at the same time; some subjects extended over 2 semesters. During the semester, we had exams (colloquiums), presentations and homework, and we finished each subject with a final exam in January or June each year. The first 3 years were mainly theoretical, and the later years were planned to be more practical; unfortunately, due to the world pandemic of Covid-19, there have been many cancellations of practical classes and excursions, and most classes have been carried on online. It was a tough time to be a student when the practical experience is a particularly important part of the education and to find solutions to this problem.

What are the most interesting subjects for you? Do you consider studying to be very difficult?

No, I wouldn’t say that the material we study is very difficult. The difficult part is the workload. It takes a lot of self-discipline to study any health science program, since the amount of study material is sometimes overwhelming. But anyone who has the willpower could absolutely do it without any problem! Some subjects are more difficult than others; in my case, the theoretical classes with a lot of memorization have been tricky, e.g., Anatomy, Histology, and also Lithuanian language.

While more practical classes, such as Internal Medicine, Special Pathology, Forensic, Diagnostic Imaging, and Surgery are more of in interest to me. This year, we are also studying Obstetrics and Reproduction Disorders, which I find really interesting!

How many hours do you spend studying? Do you have good relations with other international students?

Personally, I need to spend a lot of time on my studies since I am dyslectic. Being a dyslectic and studying Veterinary Medicine is a challenge, since it takes me a long time to read and write texts. This also results in less free time, and therefore, I don’t have much time for hobbies and to meet other people. I am usually studying by myself, at home, in the library or at cafes in the city center, but once in a while, I meet up with other students to study together.

But in general, it is easy to get to know other students; the international students have classes together, and for those who want to, there are many sport options to take part in where you will meet some international students, but mostly Lithuanian students.

What about practical internships, can you tell something about that? And about your professional life after studies?

You would think that I, in the 5th year of my studies would know what to do in my professional life when I am done, but no. My mind is shifting each day, where I sometimes think the perfect choice for me is to work with production animals since that’s where I believe that I would be the happiest, but on other days, I think that companion pets are more interesting, since I always get the feeling more veterinary health care is done in companion animals. There are also days when I am questioning my choice of profession completely, and believe I am better off working with something not related to Veterinary Medicine.

I understand that working as a veterinarian will put me through many challenges mentally, but I am trying to tell myself that it is okey not to know everything, to not always have the answer or solution, that the pet owners or farmers will not always agree with me or even like me and that I don’t have to fulfill other people’s expectations. Also, that even if there will be many tough days with tough decisions and situations, there will be just as many good days or even more!

What kind of veterinary practice do you imagine having?

When I imagine myself in the future as a veterinarian, I see myself in a barn somewhere surrounded with cows, assisting a farmer delivering a calf!

And if I could dream, I would picture myself in a savanna in Africa, sedating a rhino to prepare for dehorning as prevention of poaching.

What is the most demanding aspect of the study program, and how do you overcome this?

As mentioned earlier, the most challenging part is to move to a foreign country with people from different cultures. Spending your time with international students and locals in Lithuania, which all have different backgrounds, values, habits, personalities, cultures, religions, etc., conflicts easily occur.

Whenever there is a situation like this, I am telling myself that this conflict is temporary, and if we cannot solve it, we are at least learning something from it that we can take with us in the future.

What is your favorite animal?

Animals from the feline species have always fascinated me. Cats could be a bit tricky to read, and I think I see it as a challenge to understand each individually and to find a solution to make them as happy as possible. They are generally very independent and majestic animals, which I find beautiful!

What did you find the most challenging with your studies here?

Being 30 years old, it’s a long time since I studied and nothing is fresh in my memory from earlier years in school.

What is your best memory from your study time so far?

I can’t possibly choose one memory!

Well, during my first semester, I had some classmates telling me about their previous experiences of traveling and backpacking in different countries, and that inspired me to apply as a volunteer to a program in South Africa, where I traveled the next summer and worked with wild animals. If I would not have met my new friends here in this study program, I do not think I ever would have the courage to finally fulfill a dream I had for so long! So I am very grateful for this.

And during my studies I also met a guy, which is now someone I can proudly call my husband!

Some other memories that pop up in my head is the many study sessions I had with my friends. Maybe it doesn’t sound like fun for most people, but when you have been studying for hours and are really tired, you lose concentration and start laughing together about every silly little thing.

And living in the dormitory during my first year brought a lot of happy memories and bounds with friends for life!

To summarize, my studies gave me an opportunity to meet new people, travel and experience the world! So coming to Lithuania for studies truly changed my life.

What was the first sentence you learned in Lithuanian?

Aš nekalbu lietuviškai ar jūs kalbate angliškai?

As soon as I got accepted, I started watching videos on YouTube about “how to learn Lithuanian,” and this was the first sentence that stuck in my mind! And for you who don’t know Lithuanian, this means: “I don’t speak Lithuanian, do you speak English?”, a sentence that I used many times during my stay.

What is your recommendation for someone interested in Veterinary Program at LSMU?

Talk with students that are studying Veterinary medicine at LSMU and ask about the program but also talk to veterinarians that could give you a more accurate answer on how it is to work as a veterinarian in general.

I also believe that the veterinary profession is so wide with many different specialties, so if you have an interest in science and animals, and you are willing to put your time and energy in a profession where you will never be fully trained, you have a great future in this area of studies. There is always more to learn!

Why choose LSMU? Please describe in 3 words that come first to your mind.

Cheap, Acceptance and Challenging

When I applied and did some reading about universities abroad, I found that LSMU is cheaper than similar programs in other countries. The Acceptance comes to my mind, because I chose Lithuania over Sweden since it was easier to get accepted. And challenging could probably be both positive and negative. But moving to a foreign country with a completely different society and culture is a challenge, and I like to be challenged and believe it makes me stronger and prepares me for challenging situations in the future.

Physiotherapy Studies: An International Student’s Perspective


“Physiotherapy is a career field which gives you the ability to make a difference in people’s lives, that is why I pursued Physiotherapy as my career choice,” says Wafa Ali Bhatti who is studying BSc Physiotherapy at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU).

Wafa Ali is one of the students from the first batch of Physiotherapy programme taught in English at LSMU, currently completing her first year of studies. The student came to Lithuania (Kaunas) from South Africa and  is having the best experience of her life so far!

foto1.png (regular, 375x500)How did you hear about the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, and what made you choose to apply to LSMU? 

I was researching for the best degrees in Physiotherapy in Europe, and that is where I saw LSMU, on some study guiding website.

LSMU is growing at a fast pace, it welcomes students from all over the world. The reason I chose to study here was that it offers to give a lot of practical hours for the Physiotherapy programme. Also, because it had its own hospital. It is a perfect combination for students studying in any health science field, I believe. The degree is recognised worldwide, and LSMU has great accreditation for it’s quality of education.

How did you decide to study Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a very under-rated profession, in my opinion; majority of people pursue either Medicine or some other health science field, for example, Pharmacy or Dentistry. It has been my passion to study Physiotherapy and make a difference. It is as important as the medical profession. It can make life-changing impact in people’s lives.

Tell us about your experience while taking online classes.

Online lectures have their pros and cons. Pros for me would be: I did not have to go out in the really cold Lithuanian weather. I attended classes even when I was sick or did not feel like stepping out, because it’s just several clicks away, and that is it. I saved a lot of time with the online time as well, because I did not physically have to attend. And plus, it is keeping us safe from the corona virus. The cons: it took away the chances of meeting the classmates and meeting new people and new friends. I did not get a chance to get to know the teachers or physically attend classes.

What have you learned so far?

I have learnt so many new things. It would be a long list, but to name a few: I have learnt techniques of assessing and testing muscles manually and a range of motion. I have learnt so much about human body so far; the anatomy subject was nice, overwhelming but very intriguing. I am still struggling to learn Lithuanian, but I have learnt a lot of things in Lithuanian as well. I have also learnt the importance of my personal health, critical thinking and professional communication.

What was the most memorable class at LSMU?

My most memorable experience was when I had a chance to attend a few anatomy lab sessions in person and I got to experience learning from a real dead body, quite amazing and interesting! It was my first time ever I saw a dead body dissection.

Was it hard to adapt to studying abroad? Share with us your adaptation experience in a foreign country.

I honestly did not really struggle much to settle down, because I always study abroad and explore different countries and cultures. Kaunas has been a great city, and I think it accepted me quite soon too.

foto22.jpg (regular, 375x500)Do you have “Kaunastic” experiences?

Kaunas is an exquisite city; it has everything for people from all over the world to experience. The beauty of Kaunas lies in its simplicity and culture. I had the best walks by the river. There are many other sites to explore yet. I am waiting for the lockdown to be over, so that I can explore more.

Do you know that the University offers student support system such as psychological support?

Yes, I am very aware that the University offers psychological support and mentors and tutors. I have met my mentor, he is amazing. However, I have not used any psychological support facility yet.

Is it difficult to learn Lithuanian language? What can you say in Lithuanian?

Lithuanian is indeed one of the toughest languages to learn in Europe, in my opinion. However, I am not giving up. I have learnt a lot.

I have learnt to introduce myself:

„Laba diena! Mano vardas Wafa. Aš esu iš Pietų Afrikos ir Pakistano. Aš kalbi angliškai, mokausi kalbėti lietuviškai. Man dvidešimt dveji metai. Aš studijuoju kineziterapiją, ir studijuoju Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universitetas“.

At the end of the interview, Wafa Ali shared this message: “I love studying at LSMU; it offers a culturally rich environment, welcoming students from all over the world. I am loving the exploration of the diversity and the culture here.”

And yes, that is true! Wafa Ali’s group mates are from different countries, such as Israel, Iran, and Eritrea; - students study in a small groups, up to 10 people, which gives an opportunity to get more attention from lecturers.


Invest in your future now, choose Nursing studies at LSMU


Hello, my name is Olga Fanish. I am a graduate of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU), Faculty of Nursing. For many years now, I have been living and working as a surgical nurse at Poryia Hospital in Tiberias, Israel.

While still at school, I knew I wanted to be a nurse, help people overcome their ailments and alleviate their suffering. After graduating from high school, I did not hesitate to choose LSMU Nursing Studies in Bachelor and decided to become a surgical nurse.

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, I continued my studies in the Master’s study program in Clinical Nursing, and at the same time, for two years I worked at the University Hospital in Kauno Klinikos Orthopedic operating rooms.

After becoming a Master of Nursing, I got married and began a new phase of my life in Tiberias, Israel. All I needed was to learn Hebrew with its special characters, pass a state exam, obtain a license, and validate the qualification of a surgical nurse in Hebrew.

Thanks to studying at LSMU, the quality of knowledge and my skills were very good; I passed all the exams in Israel without any problems. The level of academic and practical preparation was very positively assessed by the examiners. I am extremely grateful to the University for the knowledge it has provided and the many hours of practice at the University hospital.

I invite all international students to choose their studies at the Faculty of Nursing at LSMU without hesitation. Believe me, you will not only get a solid foundation for your future career, but after successfully completing your studies, doors of many hospitals around the world will be open to you. The need for nurses in the world is growing intensely, nurses are one of the most sought-after professions in the world. Invest in your future now!

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Posibility for German students to get a scholarship


There is the possibility for German Students to get a scholarship from the Chancen eG which is an organisation with the philosophy: Fair financing, equal access to education and a united community. 

img_4904.jpeg (376x240, 160x240)The funding relies on the Income Share Agreement. The principle is to study now, payback later, but not like a normal loan where you have the pressure to pay back fixed amounts. The payback is income-based, so whenever you earn above the minimum income threshold, your income-based repayments will fund the education of current students. 

Lasse Peters got this agreement and came to the LSMU to study medicine. 

This scholarship enables you to choose freely what kind of degree you want to study regardless of your current financial situation.

https://chancen-eg.de

Physiotherapist: Studies at LSMU opened the entire world to me


Studies at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) opened the way for Agnė Slapšinskaitė not only to the knowledge about healthy movement, physiotherapy, but also to the entire world. After extensive internships and studies abroad, having received job offers there, Slapšinskaitė returned to Lithuania, where she applies the experience gained while away.

Brakes stereotypes

20210218122441_6j4a1992.jpg (regular, 500x333)Slapšinskaitė, a lecturer at the LSMU Sports Medicine Department and the head of the Sports Injury Research Laboratory, was not sure what to be while at school. Agnė chose Physiotherapy after a year of studies in Cultural Management. After entering the Faculty of Nursing at LSMU to study Physiotherapy, Slapšinskaitė never regretted her decision. Agnė claims that it was not just a specific study program that she chose, but also a University that is a leader in Health Sciences in Lithuania.

While studying at LSMU, Slapšinskaitė learned not to be intimidated by difficulties. “I learned not to be afraid if it’s too hard, and to be afraid if it’s too easy. Studying at LSMU is not easy. However, young people need to understand: when you complete the studies, you will have well-trained brain, and it will greatly help in future life. While studying at the University, you will learn to create strategies that help make difficult things easy,” according to Agnė Slapšinskaitė, these skills can help representatives of all professions.

Studies at LSMU opened the whole world to Slapšinskaitė. “Initially, I saw a mini world here in Kaunas; I met students who came to study at LSMU from South Korea, Taiwan, Sweden, the USA, and Israel,” said Agnė. 

11.jpg (regular, 500x281)Later, Slapšinskaitė started pursuing scholarships for studies and internships abroad. Every time she came back from those endeavors with a valuable experience or yet broke certain stereotypes. After receiving an Erasmus scholarship, Agnė first went to the University of Bergen in Norway. Like other Physiotherapy students, here she helped train Paralympics participants. Thus, Agnė breaks the stereotype of who a disabled person is. “There I saw a man with amputated legs, skiing down a mountain at a speed that many healthy people would not be able to. His fellow Norwegian physiotherapists, rather athletic men, could not catch up with him. I started asking myself what is a disabled person, and who is called a healthy person?” According to Agnė, this was when she realized the full extent of work that needs to be done in Lithuania to adapt the environment in order to enable the disabled.

From Barcelona to Beijing

After completing the bachelor’s study program, Slapšinskaitė went to Spain to do an internship instead of doing it at one of the Lithuanian hospitals. “I was always an active, very curious person, I asked questions during lectures. This is how I was noticed by Professor Natalia Balagué of the University of Barcelona, who gave lectures at the Faculty of Nursing at LSMU. Professor invited me to do an internship at the University of Barcelona,” shared Slapšinskaitė, who was encouraged by the Professor to do an internship in Spain after receiving a scholarship.

Slapšinskaitė chose to pursue master’s degree after returning to the Faculty of Nursing at LSMU. From here, yet again Agnė began building networks with Spain; this is how the dream of returning to the University of Barcelona was born, to pursue doctoral studies. In order to receive a scholarship for these studies, Agnė competed with Spaniards and became one of the first internationals to win the scholarship. “In my doctoral studies, I studied how fatigue and exhaustion occur and accumulate. It was not only a physiotherapeutic approach that was needed, but also knowledge of neuroscience and psychology. We investigated how one or another exercise can improve a particular function. For example, in one study, we discovered that cycling outdoors results in formation of significantly greater endurance than doing that in a gym,” Slapšinskaitė recalls her doctoral studies.

While still studying in Barcelona, Slapšinskaitė gained experience in Brazil and Germany. After graduating from doctoral studies, Agnė received offers to stay and work abroad; however, she chose to return to Kaunas. “When teaching Spanish youth, I did not feel such an inner responsibility as I feel here in Lithuania. It seems very important to me to pass on knowledge to Lithuanian students; after all, they will treat my loved ones at some point,” declared Agnė.

After returning to work at LSMU after her doctoral studies, soon Agnė leaves again. This time to China, Beijing Sports University, to participate in a post-doctoral study program. There Agnė breaks the stereotype that elder people have limited mobility. “In China, when you see a senior person around the age of 80 raise his leg far above his head, you forget stereotypes. There, dynamic seniors perform coordinating movements in groups, dance in parks,” Slapšinskaitė recollects the images seen in China.

From a professional point of view, an active specialist in this field, Agnė is considering how to contribute to making exercise the same daily routine for Lithuanians as that of brushing teeth.

Preparation of future specialists

6.jpg (regular, 500x375)While studying, Slapšinskaitė points out that she felt great support from lecturers of the LSMU Faculty of Nursing. She calls the Faculty, which offers undergraduate studies in Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Obstetrics, exceptional. Students studying here receive thousands of hours of internships; thus, graduates can right away start working in hospital departments. In addition, the LSMU Occupational Therapy study program is the only one in Lithuania that has received a certificate from the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, and the University Bachelor of Obstetrics study program in Lithuania is implemented only at LSMU.

The Faculty of Nursing trains nurses belonging to one of the largest groups of health care professionals, who will be in an even higher demand in aging societies in the future than they are today. “A wide range of health care professionals is trained here, including sports physicians, rehabilitators, geriatricians. One faculty trains people who help to preserve certain general human functions, including movement functions, to regain lost functions, and to reach the top in sports. This is both an opportunity and a challenge;” Slapšinskaitė believes that specialists trained at this faculty will be those who will be able to contribute qualitatively to the formation of healthy living habits after the pandemic.

According to Slapšinskaitė, students of this faculty can be called future specialists. After all, these are the future representatives of specialties that will become even more in demand in the future. “Moreover, the Faculty of Nursing is young, flexible, hearing students, engaging in dialogue, with ambitions to become innovative, to promote entrepreneurship. Fairly versatile specialists are trained here, who would be able to adapt, adjust and rather be creators than ordinary users, recipe followers,” emphasizes Slapšinskaitė.

The construction of the research and study base of the LSMU Faculty of Nursing is currently being completed; it is planned that students will be able to use it in the next academic year. The base will combine competencies and infrastructure: highly qualified specialists in the fields of nursing, rehabilitation and sports medicine will be trained and improve in auditoriums equipped with new specialized equipment. Doctoral students and researchers at the faculty will develop research, strengthen international cooperation and the activities of the faculty as a cooperating center of the World Health Organization.

“I believe the new building will serve to make this place a powerhouse of minds. It will be the environment for creativity, research-based health technologies and innovation. This will provide guidelines for the application of life science theory in practice. Then the development of a creative and socially responsible society can be promoted to a greater extent,” Slapšinskaitė is convinced.

Before the pandemic, Agnė travelled and lectured a great deal around the world and spent only a few months a year in Lithuania. Now she communicates virtually with colleagues around the world and with students in Kaunas. “I am a scientist, a theorist. I write scientific articles, collect material for lectures, prepare for them, deliver them, consult students. And, of course, I never forget to exercise every day. After all, I am a physiotherapist, I can’t be inactive,” smiled Slapšinskaitė.

Agnė advises current students to be active. “Don’t expect that you will just sit in a chair, and life will put everything in your hands. I wish everyone to catch their own wave. Maybe you won’t catch the very first one, maybe it’s not for you, but you will catch the fourth or the fifth one and swim very far on it,” Slapšinskaitė is convinced.

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2 February 2021  Kauno.diena.lt inf. or Avevita 26 February 2021



Young occupational therapist does not fear challenges: ”A child’s sincere smile is the greatest reward”


Beloved by her little patients and warmly accepted by their parents Gina Šegždaitė knew that she wanted to study occupational therapy because she had a clear purpose – to help children. Having completed her Health and Rehabilitation studies at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences – the specialist is the best friend to the children and a sincere adviser to their parents.

14074.jpg (376x240, 359x240)Fateful summer

        Occupational therapist Gina Šegždaitė chose to study Children’s Rehabilitation at LSMU with certainty. Young woman had a strong feeling that occupational therapy – is the field where she would be able to help others the most as well as discover her own potential. “After graduating school, I sought studies closely related to humans, their bodies, biology and psychology. From the first study years, I knew that occupational therapy would be an interesting subject. LSMU helped me evolve as an individual. The University has given me the feeling of openness”- the interviewee reveals that the feeling of openness is her frequent companion in practice and at work with children. Gina Šegždaitė smiles that during her studies she had her doubts just like any other student. But Gina chased those doubts away. “I remember that I was in my 3rd study year. After a few traineeships, I chose an additional one at LSMU Kaunas Clinics Children's Rehabilitation Hospital - Lopšelis. It was here during that fateful summer, that I became certain that I had chosen the right path and that so many children need my help. From that moment on there wasn’t a single doubt about an alternative to studying Children’s rehabilitation. Now here at the Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital Lopšelis, I am a member of a wonderful team which I’ve joined as soon as I completed my studies,” – the young occupational therapist recalled the fateful summer.

“At LSMU I’ve learned to not be afraid to ask questions and be curious. Valuable studies at LSMU allowed me to achieve great results in my crucial work with children. For example, LSMU Occupational Therapy study programme is the only such programme in Lithuania. It is accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)”

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         Gina Šegždaitė is certain that the occupational therapist’s work with children is particularly crucial and demands great attention to detail. Specialists have to adapt to the individual needs of each little patient, employ curiosity and creativity, not forget empathy, be able to work in a team, and ground their work on science-based practices. “At the Children's Rehabilitation Hospital Lopšelis – everyone of us – doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, logotherapists, psychologists, or art therapists – we all see the child in a different context. Such different viewpoints help achieve the most effective results. If we want to help the child and their family – teamwork is essential,”. In Gina’s opinion, an occupational therapist is an important part of the team – who evaluates motor, sensory skills and the entirety of the child’s independence.

Young woman refers to – the path to her patients’ hearts – as the greatest challenge. And she manages to get there. She also feels great trust from the children’s parents. Through various developmental and therapeutical games, the child partakes in activities, becomes more independent.

“In children’s occupational therapists work it is particularly important to highlight the relationship between the children and their parents and show the parents how they can help their child independently and draw them into various activities. Responsibly and with great effort we seek the most suitable ways to help the child,” – the occupational therapist consults all parents and helps them answer the most varied questions related to child development.

The occupational therapist refers to contemporary parents as particularly modern, responsible, and interested in everything, seeking ways to help their children best. “Parents trust me. They constantly ask me about the most up-to-date treatments, about practice grounded in science. It is very important for me, as an occupational therapist, to create a sincere bond with the little patient”. Sometimes at first, some parents are quite contrary, however, upon encountering the dedicated therapist the distrust and suspicion vanish.

 It’s very important during occupational therapy to rejoice with each dropped building block or a ball that has been pushed. That is how feedback is built. “It is very important for the children themselves to feel that they are being taken care of, as well as what they are playing, what they are doing. Only by allowing myself to be drawn into the child’s play and by being open – I can create a strong mutual bond. Thus, I end up being on the same level as the little patient.” Gina is certain that successful occupational therapy can only be created through play.

The university that helps the individual evolve

Gina Šegždaitė received great support from the academic staff at the LSMU Faculty of Nursing. She felt like home at the university and experienced no stress or tension. “At LSMU I’ve learned to not be afraid to ask questions and be curious. The experienced staff at the Faculty of Nursing allowed me to grow. I was one of the most active students, I communicated with the lecturers, wasn’t afraid to ask questions and would confidently participate in the discussions. The valuable studies at LSMU allowed me to achieve great results in my crucial work with children. For example, LSMU Occupational Therapy study programme is the only such programme in Lithuania. It is accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT),” The alumna had plenty of praise for her meaningful time at her Alma Mater – LSMU.

Gina, with the help of the University, was able to discover herself and to seek greater achievements. LSMU implements practices grounded in science, innovation, a youthful attitude which has helped develop many future specialists who have achieved great results.

Knowledge acquired at LSMU along with the lecturers’ support allows the occupational therapist to fulfill her ideas and to never abandon them. This is how Gina came up with the idea to manufacture educational toys from recycled materials. Such easily made toys immediately made their way into her patient’s hearts: “You can’t always find the educational toys you need. Therefore, I began making them myself. Children find the mass-produced, plastic, colorful, or vibrant toys far less appealing than the handmade ones. In the future I would love to run group toy workshops, draw children into the fun process and show the parents how simply and without great effort it is possible to create an educational toy for their child.” The occupational therapist uses her handmade toys in her therapy work. A toy or a game develops fine motor skills, a child is able to get involved in daily tasks; these toys encourage independence.

All of the attention – for the children

joga.jpg (zoomed, 518x518)Gina Šegždaitė’s thoughts most of the time revolve around the children and their parents. “When children smile I can feel their live emotions; when children allow me to enter their world - it’s a small victory for me. Step by step together with parents, this is exactly how I can help the child improve their life.” Every moment at work is crucial for her to create a sincere and open relationship based on trust with the children and their families.

Gina has no doubt: the occupational therapist’s work is teamwork. Shared victories are achieved at work which in turn bring results. Parents upon seeing the obvious benefits of physiotherapy upon carefully listening to the recommendations, often return to find out how they can help their child more.

She has noticed that during the quarantine she can achieve so much more. “Parents can reach out to the occupational therapist any time, not only when they notice some developmental issues. Even if they have doubts on how to spend their time with their child in a more interesting and meaningful way, to develop their skills, they are all welcome at the occupational therapist’s office”.

Full of ideas

The young occupational therapist keeps close relationship with the children- her young patients- in her practice. She follows the development of their treatment and what they have achieved. “Each and every child is very important and dear to me. I feel a strong bond with each of them and it allows us to grow and improve further together. I am always curious how these children are doing and what they have achieved later on. I want to be happy with their parents, to share emotions and achievements”. The occupational therapist remembers every single patient and recognizes them in the streets.

Today, Gina Šegždaitė works not only with parents and their children but also is involved in educational activities as well. “For a long time, I had this idea on how to present occupational therapy to parents in an appealing way and show how the specialist can help their child. I’ve decided to get involved in educational activities and to introduce the occupational therapist’s work to all.” She feels great joy when she is able to teach and advise. Her webinars, posts on social media – Instagram and Facebook – receive a lot of attention.

New activities and pursuits await the occupational therapist. “Most ideas “live” inside my head, just sometimes I’m a little short of time to accomplish them all. Step by step the children and me are improving ourselves because all the crucial work is rewarded by the child’s smile. That is the greatest evaluation for me,” – the young occupational therapist, Gina Šegždaitė, spoke with her heart wide open.
Source: kurstoti.lt (in Lithuanian)

LSMU at the Education Abroad Virtual Fair


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LSMU International Relations and Study Center presented studies at LSMU for international students from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Education Abroad Virtual Fair was hosted by Studyin.lt. It is an ongoing event, where representatives of major Lithuanian higher educational institutions presented their respective studies during a series of webinars from March 3 till March 12, 2021.

LSMU was one of the first Universities to participate. Dean of the International Relations and Study Center Ingrida Janulevičienė presented different programs instructed in English at our University, talked about 70 Lithuanian State scholarships for the year 2021 awarded to full-time Master degree students from Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Moldova. In addition, the Dean shared the news about easing conditions for international students who are seeking employment. Both EU and non-EU students are allowed to work during the period of their studies:   

  • master degree students: 40 hours per week
  • bachelor degree students: 20 hours per week

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Starting March 1, 2021, not only international Doctoral students, but also Master degree students, as well as internationals who have already completed their studies and have received a temporary residence permit (TRP) will be able to work without the limitation of 20 hours per week, as it was the case up until now.

A one-year period is granted for TRP in Lithuania after completing studies to look for a job or continue studies in Lithuanian or other EU countries. After five years of non-interrupted TRP, internationals are eligible to apply for a Long-term Residence Permit.

During the webinar, one of our most enthusiastic student ambassadors Ilia Nick Delon, a fourth year medical student from Israel, shared his insights and experiences with attendees who asked a variety of questions in English and in Russian and were very satisfied with the presentation.

LSMU is planning to participate in more educational fairs in April and May aiming to cover Central and South East Asia and welcome more international students.
By Julija Vasilenko-Maskvytė, International Programme Coordinator

LSMU Webinar For The German Market


On Thursday, February 25, the team of the International Relations and Study Centre, together with four students, participated in a webinar organised by a German company Finde Academic to promote studies at LSMU and to inform students about all possibilities.

Dean of the International Relations and Study Centre, Prof. Ingrida Janulevičienė, delivered a presentation on study programmes offered at the university in English, clinical training bases, student support and adaptation programme, accommodation opportunities, and other relevant issues. While listening to the interactive presentation, prospective students asked and were answered questions about Lithuania and LSMU, thus becoming more involved in the webinar.

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Afterwards, a playful and sincere discussion between LSMU student ambassadors Nick Bullens, Natalie Markus, Victoria Scheer and Rojin Zarei followed. The students shared insights about the field of Health Sciences and its challenges, touching upon interesting questions about the University’s infrastructure, adaptation during the first year of studies, University psychologists and mentors; they also shared their success stories and good practices. At the end of the webinar, students gave thorough answers to questions from attendees that were posted in a special Q&A field. All students shared their personal experiences and tips with prospective colleagues.

We appreciate and welcome regular involvement and participation of students in the events organised by the International Relations and Study Centre and partners, and we believe that this helps prospective students acquire the information they care about first-hand.

New Study Opportunities Abroad For Public Health Master’s Degree Students


In the fall of 2019, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) signed an agreement regarding the Double Degree Program (DDP) with the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands). This is the first agreement of a kind at our University, which provides an opportunity to study based on combined programs of the two Universities. DDP is not a typical joint degree program, after which a graduate usually receives only one diploma. DDP graduates are awarded two separate diplomas. In this way, the graduate obtains diplomas confirming the master’s qualification of both the Lithuanian and the prestigious Dutch University.

The University of Maastricht is a modern, yet atypical Dutch University located near the junction of the country’s borders with Belgium and Germany. It has a newly built campus, a great library, spaces for students to work in small groups and social communication. Part of the University premises is located in magnificent buildings of the old town. An important feature of the University is its internationality. About half of the students come to study from Belgium, Germany and other countries. Lecturers from abroad also make up a large part of the academic staff.

lsmu-vet-275.jpg (regular, 500x333)Currently, students of two master’s degree programs at the Faculty of Public Health (Applied Public Health and Public Health Management) have the opportunity to study in the DDP. The duration of the studies is a standard two-year period. The DDP study scheme is not complicated; during the first year, students study at LSMU following the usual study plan, and during the second year, they go to the University of Maastricht and study based on the plan of the Governance and Leadership in European Public Health program.

One of the main benefits of DDP studies is the second year of studies at the University of Maastricht. The DDP program is appealing to postgraduate students due to the following advantages: the study period remains the same, but they obtain two diplomas; there is no extra charge for tuition at the University of Maastricht; in addition, a diploma from a prestigious University is awarded; master degree students defend only one master thesis. While studying abroad, a master student acquires new skills and competencies; thus, expanding opportunities to work in European international healthcare and management sectors after graduation.

It is worth mentioning that studies at the University of Maastricht are based on a unique problem-based learning system. Such a learning method allows students to creatively combine acquired theoretical and practical knowledge and skills. A lot of time is devoted to studying in small groups, practical tasks, solving real situations, analyzing gaps in one’s general, management, leadership and health sciences skills. The uniqueness of the studies is also emphasized by the somewhat unusual combination of the internship and research module. It may be attractive to students that the master thesis does not need to be defended in an open defense session; it is sufficient to upload the thesis to the library system for the reviewer and advisor to evaluate.

Studies at the University of Maastricht are an excellent opportunity to learn about the good practice of the European Union health sector and to acquire international studies and interdisciplinary team leadership and management competencies.

Presently, due to an unfavorable epidemiological situation, three master degree students of the Faculty of Public Health studying remotely, Inesa Bikniūtė, Ieva Stankutė and Agnė Staišiūnaitė, claim that the learning process is quite intensive, but the experience gained is especially valuable: “Before each lecture, it is necessary to study a lot of literature and independently prepare for classes. The lecturers working at the University are very communicative, professional, the best specialists in their field, and are always ready to help. Moreover, studies in Maastricht give us an opportunity to communicate and meet new people from different parts of the world, connect and learn more about their culture, work and study ethics.”

In order to participate in DDP studies in Kaunas (first year) and Maastricht (second year), it is necessary to choose a master’s degree program Applied Public Health or Public Health Management. Call for the DDP is announced in September, and admission takes place in early November. Following the agreement with the University of Maastricht, each year up to five students are selected for the program. During the selection, bachelor study GPA (60%), cover letter (10%), motivational interview in English (30%) are evaluated. An additional requirement for candidates is a good ability to communicate in English and a formal confirmation thereof (test, exam scores). As stated above, the DDP study program is free of charge, students cover only the living expenses. DDP studies at the University of Maastricht are coordinated by Linas Šumskas, Professor of the Department of Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, LSMU MA.
Text: Professor Linas Šumskas, lecturer Monika Grincaitė, 
Public Health Faculty, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

For Those, Who Are Interested In Physiotherapy And Innovations!


"If we think about PHYSIOTHERAPY as one of the directions of rehabilitation, we should not only focus on patients in hospitals, in sanatoriums, but also on the individuals who want to have a healthier life. In other words, they want to feel no pain during the movement." - says MD PhD Agnė Slapšinskaitė - former LSMU Physiotherapy student, physiotherapist, lecturer and researcher.

Great interview & video for those, who are interested in PHYSIOTHERAPY and INNOVATIONS! Because:

PHYSIOTHERAPY is a field where innovations are and will be needed:

Animal Science Studies: For Those Whose Passion Is The Living World


More and more often, we hear stories when, after leaving well-paid jobs, high positions, people return to the homesteads of their parents and grandparents to create a quiet life surrounded by nature. Gradually animals come into their lives, or people decide to become animal breeders (farmers); it seems that anyone could raise animals. However, just love and desire to help are not always enough. Whether you are breeding snails, bees, alpacas, horses, or establishing a dog or cat kennel, or dreaming of breeding a service or therapeutic dog, you need specific knowledge of how to do it.

Presently, such knowledge and valuable skills can be acquired in two programs at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU): Animal Science studies teach about raising and breeding of farm animals, and the Animal and Human Interaction Program teaches how to take proper care of animal needs. Studies at the LSMU Faculty of Animal Sciences are universal; programs provide the latest subject, technological, business knowledge and strong practical training; graduates besides breeding animals can also become consultants in animal husbandry, care or nutrition, work in feed, meat or in the dairy industry. A supervised animal means healthy products.

Animal science is a comprehensive study for those who wish to breed production animals: for meat, milk, eggs, honey, wool and other needs.

Smart technologies have completely changed farming principles and the responsibilities of a livestock specialist on modern farms. On modernized cattle farms, a considerable amount of work, from feed production and distribution to milking, is carried out using innovative technologies. Therefore, nowadays livestock professionals need to be able to use these technologies. There is a great shortage of professionals in the field; they are in great demand on many farms. On the other hand, no matter how technologically advanced the farm activity may be, without love for animals, there is no success in this work. Only loved, properly nurtured and happy animals can ensure healthy, in-demand products. Therefore, more advanced farms in addition to animal welfare, also take care of animal emotional well-being: some install special devices for the entertainment of farm animals. “When you choose to study Animal Science, you choose life among animals. We are trained how to breed all sorts of animals from bees to rabbits, from alpacas to horses,” says Aistė Katolikaitė, a graduate of the LSMU study program.

Animal for entertainment, service, therapy. The second LSMU study program is directly related to taking care of animals – Animal and Human Interaction. This is a study program for those who see the animal as a friend, a family member. Animal and Human Interaction studies cover rearing and breeding of various pet animals, targeted training of dogs, formation of their behavior to assist humans (service dogs, guide dogs), training of sport horses, rearing and breeding of exotic animals, preparation of various company animals to provide good emotions to people exhausted from age-related or life-threatening illnesses.

Highly qualified socially responsible specialists of human and animal interaction are trained: professional horse or dog breeders, cynologists, equine specialists, specialists in the use of animals in society. Students can decide on their future career path from the second year of study, choosing a specialization in cynology, felinology, equestrian or exotic animals. During further master degree program, breeding, selection, nutrition and responsible care of therapeutic animals are studied. Canine therapists and hypotherapists may work closely with treating physicians, psychologists, or specialist educators to prepare animals according to appropriate methodologies. “The dog is able to accept everyone unconditionally, and that has a very strong positive effect. Positive relationship between man and animal is one of the reasons why animal-assisted therapy is so effective,” ensures Ineta Martinkevičiūtė, a graduate of the study program.

So, if you love animals, if you want to breed them, if you are attracted to working with human’s oldest best friends and helpers, dogs and horses, or maybe you just wish to be able to take good care of your pets – take a look at the study programs offered by the LSMU Faculty of Animal Sciences this year. There are no age limits for studies. After all, learning lasts a lifetime. More information: https://international.lsmuni.lt/

Text: Delfi
Photo by Indre Mečionytė, LSMU Junior Scientist

New Bachelor Degree Program Launched at LSMU: Medical and Veterinary Genetics!


One of the top world specialties, Medical and Veterinary Genetics (MVG), is now offered at LSMU in English. The 3.5-year program differs from other higher education programs in that it does not only prepare broad-profile geneticists, but students also acquire medical and veterinary knowledge. The program provides a unique possibility to develop competences for the understanding of disease pathogenesis through Molecular Biology related subjects.

MVG graduates can work in a variety of fields: health care, veterinary and food safety services, applied and fundamental science research, diagnostic, forensic laboratories, etc. or continue studies in Master and PhD degree programs in various Lithuanian or foreign institutions.

MVG program graduates shared their insights, experiences, and recommendations for prospective students:

piggy.jpg (regular, 375x500)1. Why have you chosen this specialty? What did you expect from this program?

I was led by genuine curiosity to try out this program. We only got basics about genetics at school, so I could not even imagine what to expect, what knowledge I would gain, and what would happen next. The field seemed very intriguing. 

Studies in this field expanded my knowledge of genetics and exceeded the expectations by providing not only theoretical but also very useful practical skills. 

2. What was the most exciting, motivating during the studies?

The most fascinating thing during such studies is that one can learn and practice new genetics-related things. The most memorable experiences were in the lab, where one gets to hold a pipetman for the very first time, extract DNA from one’s saliva or prepare and count chromosomes from a hair of a pig. I also enjoyed friendly communication of teachers with students.

Besides conducting research, we also learned to interpret the obtained results, and present specific research conclusions. During the preparation of the final research work, students have an opportunity to conduct a small experiment/research, the results of which can be later presented at scientific conferences.

3. What have you learned and how do you apply your knowledge?

I am a PhD student in the field of biology. My thesis is focused on genetics/epigenetics and cancer research. I have studied Medical and Veterinary Genetics, where I learned the basics of genetics that are useful for my everyday work. I am happy that I love what I do and can improve my skills and knowledge every day.

genetics.jpg (376x240, 360x240)Genetics Science allows exploring diseases applying the most recent methods at the smallest molecular level. We learned research methods not only theoretically, but also practically during laboratory work in newly equipped laboratories. Every student had to conduct one’s own research. We also went to other labs, e.g., the Institute of Crop Production in the Babtai town, where we could see how research on plants was conducted, not just study about it from books.

I would think this specialty is for diligent and patient people, especially those who think of pursuing their careers in science.

Graduates from Medical and Veterinary Genetics are trained or given at least basic skills in a number of analytical methods: DNA and RNA extraction, concentration and purity determination, PCR, electrophoresis, polymorphism analysis, bioinformatic data analysis, DNA methylation analysis, gene expression analysis, cytogenetic and molecular genetic analysis; basic cell culture techniques and methods; immunoassay methods. They know basic laboratory procedures for assurance of accuracy and precision of test results.

4. Why is it worth choosing this specialty, and what can graduates do after completing MVG?

This study program serves as a foundation for a future career in becoming a scientist in any field of human or animal research. 

I find genetics an interesting and relatively new direction that allows constantly deepening knowledge and discovering new things. MVG is a field that encompasses not only the human but also the animal world, delving into laws of heredity and variability; students acquire basics of cell biology, histology, medical and veterinary genetics, work in a clinical laboratory. This makes it possible to acquire various competencies, which later facilitate job search.

As the program is rather broad, after graduation, different perspectives are available based on one’s preferred field. It is also a great specialty for individuals who want to work in biomedicine but are more interested in work that does not have direct contact with patients/animals/research subjects. However, teamwork, communication and collaboration are very important in this field.

5. What would you wish for perspective MVG students?

For those who are interested in studying genetics, I wish to be open-minded and explore the newest things, non-traditional approaches, choose the field of focus wisely and follow this path consistently. In this case, one will accumulate knowledge that can be very useful during a career. I also wish prospective students not to be afraid to try, be patient, also willingness, sometimes simple luck and desire to learn.

For more information about the program and application, please, follow https://apply.lsmuni.lt/courses/course/178-bsc-medical-and-veterinary-genetics

Call For Erasmus+ Exchange Studies For 2022 Spring Term


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STUDIES


Main selection criteria:

>> average of grades at LSMU (≥7)

>> foreign language skills

>> motivation and communication skills


Important
:

>> choose a host university only from Erasmus+ Partners list on LSMU web page

>> review compatibility of the study programmes at LSMU and host university

>> it is open for all study programmes and cycles students

>> can apply for non – EU countries


Additional parts of a point are given for the following
:

0.5 - If a student revises study subjects at hosting university, composes study plan, uploads it to DreamApply and submits together with online application;

0.5 – Participation in LSMU Erasmus mentoring activities for at least two semesters;

0.3 – Participation in Erasmus+ studies mobility for the first time;

0.3 – If a student intends to do an Erasmus+ studies in other country than his/her country of origin.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:

1. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM TILL 20 SEPTEMBER

 Apply online and please read the instructions for application carefully here: http://lsmu-outgoing.dreamapply.com/  

2. FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAMINATION ON 24 SEPTEMBER

International students do not need to sit an English language examination.

Students who will be instructed in French or German language should take examinations (except native speakers or holders of language certificate B2 level and higher).

Students who do not have final grade of professional language module should take an exam.

3. ERASMUS INTERVIEW DURING 20-30 SEPTEMBER

Motivation and communication skills of the candidates will be evaluated during interview with Erasmus commission. 

Exact time and place of language examination and Erasmus interview will be announced later.

More information about the Erasmus+ programme:

Erasmus+ studies (Europe): Eglė Vizbaraitė, room 127, phone: 327301; email: egle.vizbaraite@lsmuni.lt


Founded By A Veterinarian, The Start-Up Is Developing An Artificial Intelligence-Based System For Radiological Diagnosis Of Horses


“Innovatio veterinariae,” a start-up founded by veterinarian Rugilė Dauliūtė last year, develops software for automating the evaluation of equine radiological images based on artificial intelligence (AI).

“To create innovations, Lithuanian start-ups actively use artificial intelligence that is rapidly gaining ground in the world. In radiology, artificial intelligence is used to detect and diagnose pathologies, because, thanks to deep learning, algorithms are already able to process large amounts of data, such as images. The growing number of innovators is a great proof that we are strong in the Life sciences and that we are not inferior to advanced countries in methods we develop and research we carry out. This undoubtedly affects not only the field of medicine but also the economy,” points out Gintas Kimtys, the acting director of MITA.

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Indeed, orthopaedic disorders in horses are of great economic importance. When they get sick, not only does the value of the horse drop drastically, but the sporting career is also put on hold or even ends. One of the main diagnostic procedures for detection of orthopaedic equine diseases is radiological examination. It is used to determine causes of limping, loss of the athletic form, or in the case of purchase and sale of animals.

Rugilė Dauliūtė, who is currently doing her postgraduate internship at a racehorse clinic in the Pays de la Loire region of France, has been accompanied by horses since early childhood. From the age of ten, she was involved in show jumping, endurance riding, equestrian competitions, and later, trained young riders. While studying at the Veterinary Academy of Lithuanian University of Heath Sciences in Kaunas, for five years, Rugilė worked at the Large Animal Clinic.

Veterinarian Dauliūtė got the idea of a radiological diagnostic system in 2018. While still in practical training at horse clinics in France, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Portugal, she found out that taking X-ray images well was only half of the job. Due to the size of the animal, 8 to 42 X-ray images are taken in one study; the interpretation and analysis of X-ray images is a complex part of the work that requires a lot of specific knowledge about the veterinarian’s job. For these reasons, pathologies are sometimes unnoticed and underestimated, although further operation of the horse depends on it – whether surgery is required and so on. By taking interest in the development of innovative products in her areas of interest, Dauliūtė learned about the artificial intelligence used in human medicine to solve other similar visual problems and decided to offer diagnostic assistance to veterinarians.

applyingaitoimageanalysis.jpg (376x240, 376x209)“Applying AI to image analysis will give veterinarians a “second eye” for determining diagnosis faster and more accurately and help to provide timely treatment. The system will be able to identify the metacarpophalangeal/metatarsophalangeal joint from new images and determine in which projection is the image taken. The area of this joint is the most vulnerable spot among sport horses. Also, the models will be able to identify two critical radiographic findings from new X-ray images – fractures and osteochondral fragmentation. It will take another 2-3 years for the product to be developed,” estimates Dauliūtė.

x-rayimage2.jpg (376x240, 376x190)A team assembled by the veterinarian is currently developing a prototype of software for automating the evaluation of equine radiological images: three IT professionals have already developed a platform and full internal system architecture for image processing, an artificial intelligence expert is developing model algorithms, 14 international students are involved in image categorization, and 10 veterinarians from the UK, Lithuania, Italy, Denmark and France mark X-ray photographs.

When asked about the common problems for those who work with AI systems, Dauliūtė pointed out that it is not easy to get “patient” data for system development. This is facilitated by the trust earned in internships and cooperation with foreign equine clinics and private veterinarians, who share their patient database. It is hoped that as the project gains momentum, it will be easier to obtain data.

The target market for the system under development is equine veterinary clinics and private veterinarians, and the end-user is a veterinarian. The future plan is to integrate the system with software from other companies for archiving and sharing images of diagnostic tools such as radiography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, scintigraphy and computed tomography.

rugildaulit.jpg (original, 505x724)According to the veterinarian, only one company in California, USA is developing a similar solution in the horse market: “They have a system that automatically makes various measurements of horse hooves used by blacksmiths and veterinarians. As the horse market is relatively small, we keep in touch with this company, exchange news and hopefully will combine products in the future. The other four companies developing algorithms with computer-aided diagnosis operate only in the small animal market.”

The team is developing the idea of an equine radiological diagnostic system based on artificial intelligence in various programs. They are currently not only developing a prototype but also trying to attract funding from various programs or startup accelerators. “We actively participate in pre-accelerators and exhibitions. However, it was the “Inostartas” project that prompted us to take the project to the next level – to establish a company, to employ people. We are currently participating in the mentoring program “Life Sciences Start-up MasterClass” of the project “Promotion of Life Sciences Industry Development” implemented by the agency, and we consult with experts of the project “AI Boost” on artificial intelligence issues,” concludes Dauliūtė.

Photos: Rugilė Dauliūtė
Prepared based on the data taken from the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology

Lsmu At The Virtual Education Fair For Prospective Students From Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Ukraine, And Uzbekistan


Virtual education fair hosted by Study in Lithuania focused on studies in Lithuania; moreover, prospective students were consulted on future employment and career. LSMU was one of the 25 higher education institutions in Lithuania to present studies to potential students from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Close to 500 visitors registered for the fair. Attendees took part in webinars and visited virtual booths of Lithuanian universities.

LSMU presented study programs instructed in English and benefits of studying health sciences. International Relations and Study Center would like to thank LSMU student Granta Kleinauskaite for excellent presentation delivered in the form of a webinar.

Despite all the difficulties that 2020 brought upon education, LSMU is ready and fully equipped to accept and commit to educate students from an even broader spectrum of countries and expand further.

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Join Psychological Resilience Groups And Get More Knowledge About Yourself








[18 December 2020] 

rutalingyte.jpg (200x200, 153x200)LSMU university takes care about international student’s psychological health and provides different services. Students can get individual psychological consultation or participate in Psychological resilience group.

During Psychological resilience group meetings students gain more knowledge about psychological health and try different practical methods of self-help. There are 5 meetings with the same group members (or almost the same group members), where students go deeper into these topics: Recognition of emotions, Stress, Relaxation techniques, Plan to improve psychological health, Self-esteem strengthening and personal growth. Meetings are remotely (via Teams platform), once per week in English. At the group meetings participate around 10–15 students. Lector is LSMU psychologist Rūta Lingytė.


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“Participating in the Psychological resilience group has been a great experience for me. I thought we were just going to perhaps have some lectures related to mental health and that was it but I was wrong. It has exceeded my expectations, of course we learnt new things about psychology but above all we learnt how to apply all this knowledge to ourselves. Such a dynamic group, has helped me recognize my emotions, learn how to deal with them and ask for help when it is needed. We were able to talk and share with each other experiences and feelings and we all agreed in the fact that we felt understood and that we all are on the same boat. It can be hard to be a student, to live on another country, to deal with everything that is new but we have a lot of different resources to make the experience a better one. It is essential to be aware of ourselves. As students of Health Sciences we need to take care for our own health to be able to help others. Psychological resilience groups are a perfect resource to achieve this.”
Alexandra Vizcaino de la Torre, Medicine

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“Psychological resilience group positively surprised me with its openness and honesty. Lectures were interesting to follow and the balance with theoretical and practical parts were constructed really well. I highly recommend this group even if you don‘t feel like you need it, because of its open discussions you are learning new insights and practices you may never have heard of.”
Roope Oskari Irpola, Health Psychology, Bachelor‘s degree


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My experience in the ‚Psychological Resilience Group‘ has been really nice. During the group lectures, I have come to learn many new techniques and coping strategies that I had not known before. However, most importantly I have learnt to create peace from within myself and regulate my emotions, when the world around me seems out of control. This group has definitely benefit to my knowledge of personal mental health. Rūta has been especially been very warm and kind towards us – Highly recommended!”
Mahnoor Nadeem Course, MSc Clinical and Health Psychology


Would you like to be one of these students who are interested to understand ourselves more? The autumn group is about to finish, but you can join it the next time. Other group will start at February 2021. The specific time will be informed for registered students. It will be few more groups till the end of the study year. If you are interested to participate in this group, fill in the preliminary registration to Psychological resilience group https://forms.gle/QXjpvm1tBDBXiqsg8. Before the group you will be contacted and get the further information. If you have any questions, feel free to contact: ruta.lingyte@lsmuni.lt.

Rūta Lingytė, Psychologist, International Relations and Study Center, Department of Health Psychology








In response to the national quarantine, to maximally comply with all the security requirements of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania announced on December 7th, 2020, studies at LSMU will be switch to full online mode starting December 9th, 2020 (except for mandatory internships in health care facilities or pharmacies). 

Rector's order was issued on December 8th regarding the change of the study process to remote mode during quarantine from 9 until 31st of December.

As indicated above, based on the decision of the Lithuanian Government, studies at LSMU will be continued online except mandatory practices defined in the Rector's order.


On November 27, LSMU Dean Professor Ingrida Janulevičienė presented studies at LSMU at the European Higher Education Virtual Fair (EHEVF) 2020 in India.

Many thanks to our student ambassador Merudham Elamurugan from India, who assisted during preparation for the fair and promotion of studies at LSMU.

studentambassador.png (376x240, 376x213)Following very successful EHEVF events held in India in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019, the Delegation of the European Union to India, in cooperation with EU Member States, organized a three-day virtual fair on 25–27 November 2020.

This initiative was designed to emphasize the many benefits of Europe as a high standard higher education destination to potential international students, researchers, and academics from all over India. More than 80 European higher education institutions from 21 EU Member States participated in the fair. About 10,000 students attended the event and took an active part in sessions.

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LSMU webinar was one of the 60 webinars that focused on various subject fields and were delivered by experts from leading universities in Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, etc. Representatives of higher education institutions presented latest information and gave authentic advice to future students on how to make one’s way to their respective universities in the context of COVID-19.

Currently, there are 93 students from India studying in various programs at LSMU, 63 alumni, 21 students have just joined our University as freshmen this academic year out of 342 students admitted from 66 countries. EHEVF 2020 fair was an opportunity for LSMU to present bachelor and master degree programs to Indian youth yet planning their studies and future. A great interest was shown in BSc programs at LSMU.

Text & photos: Julija Vasilenko-Maskvytė, International Project Coordinator, IRSC, LSMU

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“The further I go, the more I realize I’m on the right path. I also had a chance to work in a people’s operating room, to participate in surgery. It is not a part of the veterinary study program; it is an in-service training. Doctors, I remember, then joked around. They asked whether we learn to operate on humans and then apply our skills to animals. In the past, it was the other way around,” laughed veterinarian Martinas Jankauskas.

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In 2017, Jankauskas graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at LSMU with a degree in veterinary medicine.

 “It was an integrated program, where there was no bachelor’s stop, and after five and a  half years of studies, one got a master’s degree and, after passing a practical exam, one acquired the qualification of a veterinarian,” said Jankauskas.

Currently, Jankauskas works at the University Veterinary Clinic and is also a lecturer and a doctoral student.

Not Everyone Is Destined To Work With People

Why choose veterinary medicine rather than human medicine?  I often get such questions, he says. However, veterinary is like a little sister of medicine.

“Often, such a choice is more of an alternative. „It simply came to our notice then. Because Many people dream of studying medicine, but if you dreamed of being a surgeon as a child, it does not mean that you can actually be one,” stated Jankauskas.

 Not everyone can work with people, in particular psychologically; there is more stress in human medicine.

 “I experienced what it meant to be involved in a human operation. In my work, I perform a number of neurological-orthopedic surgeries, because I specialize in this field. So, in human medicine, I was involved in neurological spinal surgery. At some point, I even felt hot. This requires psychological and physical preparation, not to mention knowledge,” claimed Jankauskas.

As the interviewee said, veterinarians often work closely with physicians.

“We genuinely adapt a lot of things from human medicine. As an example, according to the development plan, we plan to purchase magnetic resonance equipment. Such diagnostic equipment is also expensive and rare in veterinary medicine.

As a result, I had to participate in lectures along with resident radiologists at Kaunas clinics. We learn and acquire equivalent information, and we adapt it in veterinary medicine,” explained Jankauskas.

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Dogs And Cats Express Pain Differently

“It is very pleasant indeed to experience professional satisfaction: when you do something very complicated, you do it very well, in a correct manner, and you get a good result. 

For example, when after the operation of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the animal is able to support its leg and walk with minimal limping on the third day – this brings the greatest psychological satisfaction,” shared Jankauskas.

The doctor says that when it comes to pain, an animal experiences the same pain as a human.

The Difference Is That Humans Can Tell. Whereas We Need To Adapt To What Animals Feel

“Even phantom pain. If a limb is removed, sometimes, a person feels the pain of the missing limb. The same goes for the animal.

In veterinary medicine, pain is described by adapting from human experiences in parallel procedures. Th difference is that humans can tell, while we need to adapt to what animals feel.

How to understand when an animal is in pain? Most of our patients are dogs and cats. These animals’ express pain differently. Cats usually distance themselves, hide, they do not want to eat or drink water. Dogs, although depending on temperament, ask for more human care, ask for cuddles, and have a sorrowful look.

Sometimes we are told you are like pediatricians, because a small child cannot talk either. From general features, general symptoms, the doctor needs to understand something. What tests are needed, inspections.

“In veterinary medicine, a patient cannot tell anything. The owner is my patient’s voice,” said M. Jankauskas.

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An Exotic Animal Versus A Rabbit

In Lithuania, people tend to raise more and more exotic animals. This is also a challenge for veterinarians.

“Frankly, in my practice, an exotic animal is a rabbit. Or a guinea pig, a hamster – we really treat them as exotic.

Yet even more exotic – all are cold-blooded. Reptiles, lizards, tortoises and the like. It does not only become a kind of challenge, but also an incentive to move forward.

I am a neurologist-traumatologist-orthopedist, and my colleague works with exotic animals. Someone brought a tortoise with an open fracture of the forelegs to my colleague.

We joined forces, worked in a team. I, as an orthopedist, and he, as an expert in exotic animals. We performed the operation. It was a challenge.

The diversity of animals is greatly increasing. There are more of them, and they are more diverse. Yet, when there is demand, there is supply, there are doctors who are interested in the field. With us, at the Veterinary Academy, there is such an opportunity to specialize in specific fields,” revealed Jankauskas.

Would Take A Fast Credit For The Animal

There are more and more people in Lithuania who treat their pets once those get sick, instead of choosing another way, putting them to sleep. Although sometimes, such a solution costs not only a lot of money, but also requires time to take care of the pet.

“I remember a lovely and touching story. A father and his daughter brought a tiny hamster, it weighed maybe about 150 grams. Most likely, while running on a wheel, the hamster put its foot in the gap and possibly fractured it.

The young daughter asked to bring it, although, logically, my consultation, radiogram, and treatment would cost at least three times as much as to buy another hamster. At that time, we took a flexible approach to the situation, I consulted on the care of the animal,” said Jankauskas.

Sometimes there are people who would be willing to get quick loans for the sake of health and well-being of their pet, but there are also those who are not willing to invest in animal health care at all.

I Remember A Lovely And Touching Story. A Father And His Daughter Brought A Tiny Hamster

When a pet becomes seriously ill, the veterinarian says, every time we need to make decisions, depending on the situation.

 “There are hopeless situations. Then you try to explain that there are diseases even among people that are incurable. The same applies to animals. Sometimes you can choose to be more humane rather than taking care of it when it is in constant pain or unable to meet the minimum needs: urinate, defecate, drink water and take food,” said the doctor.

Can Work All Over Europe

What challenges await future veterinarians? According to Jankauskas, the veterinary sector in Lithuania is catching up with a great speed with the European one, so these studies are no exception.

“The quality of studies is constantly improving; we adapt to European requirements. The University currently meets the European requirements and is recognized in other countries. After graduating, students can work all over Europe,” assured Jankauskas.

Following the trends, in the future, veterinarians will become even more specialized in individual areas, as is the case in human medicine: “I believe that there will be larger veterinary centers where more complex cases will be treated. I see that perspective.”

Text: Jurgita Lieponė, 15min.lt. 
Photos: Martinas Jankauskas, 123RF.com, Marius Morkūnas

LSMU at the Global Study Abroad Fair hosted by Educations.com


16 November 2020
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On November 12, 2020, LSMU took part at the global international study fair organised by Educations.com which is a global online meeting point headquartered in Stockholm, where students can search for information about studies in 2,000+ schools located in over 210 countries offering 70,000+ programs.  

Yet, again due to the current circumstances all around the world, the fair was transformed into a virtual one with chat, call and video options. The fair took place on the newest platform: students were grouped based on the world regions and time zones. The event began at 7:00 and ended at 21:00, thus covering Asia, Europe, Africa and finally North and South America. Along the International Relations and Study Center staff, student ambassadors assisted during the fair. They were great assets at the fair, as the prospective students felt more at ease communicating with peers about their future professions. We appreciate the ambassadors’ sincere input at the fair.  

LSMU booth welcomed over 450 visitors from a very broad geography, including Indonesia, Philippines, Norway, Germany, UK, India, UAE, Mexico, Pakistan, Cape Verde, Madagascar, Kenya, and many more. A total of 4500 students attended the fair, and representatives of over 35 universities around the globe met with the attendees in various modes offered by the platform. IRSC study program coordinators were inspired by involved questions from the attendees and will continue further correspondence with them.   

At the beginning of the pandemic, virtual fairs were a rather new and unexplored area, whereas now, webinars, conferences, and fairs are getting increasingly popular and convenient, thus reducing the boundaries, and welcoming all and everyone to participate from the comfort of their homes.

International Relations and Study Centre

VISIT LSMU’ 2020 Shifts to Online Mode


The world has faced so many challenges during COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, it made us think of new ways to overcome those challenges.

VISIT LSMU is a traditional yearly event for student recruitment agencies organized by the International office at LSMU. Due to the pandemic, the event was moved to an online mode on 11th November. This way, participants from all over around the world could participate. We were so glad to see the representatives from India, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Russia, UAE, Kenya, Lebanon and France.

The guests were greeted by the Dean of the International Office professor Ingrida Janulevičienė who delivered the presentation and latest news about LSMU, the challenges in studies during the pandemics. Other speakers talked about the updates in Admission, Erasmus+ programmes, Open days. A new programme – Medical and Veterinary Genetics- was introduced.

The event ended in mutually beneficial Questions&Answer session followed by a group photo of everyone. We are very happy to have received so many positive reviews from our participants. This will surely make us search for new ideas and make this event better and better.

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LSMU presented at the European Higher Education Fair Japan 2020 Webinar series


“Why study in Europe?” - the topic of Webinar series, where on 11 November 2020, Dean of the International Relations and Study Center Prof. Ingrida Janulevičienė presented studies at LSMU to prospective students from Japan. Along with LSMU, several other Lithuanian universities participated in the fair. 

The Webinar series was hosted by EU Delegation to Japan, an entity that enjoys the full status of a diplomatic mission, represents the EU in Japan, and fosters cooperation in science and innovations among other fields. Webinar took place on the Zoom platform; following the presentation, attendees asked various questions about Lithuania and studies, both in English and in Japanese.  

Currently, there are two Japanese students studying at LSMU. LSMU has a contract with the University of Hiroshima, Faculty of Medicine. In the past two years, two LSMU doctoral students went to Japan, and two Japanese students arrived to the Faculty of Medicine. The Japanese students have worked on their non-clinical research here; also two LSMU professors went to the University of Hiroshima.

Participation in the fair is a very important step for LSMU in establishing relations with Japan through inviting Japanese students to Lithuania and thus spreading the news about high quality of studies in Lithuania. Further perspectives are to initiate dialogue and work on inviting Japanese professors to teach at LSMU so as to offer greater expertise, an even better study quality, and promote mutually beneficial exchange.

Julija Vasilenko-Maskvytė, International Project Coordinator, IRSC, LSMU [12 November 2020]

New Rector of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences has been elected


October 23, 2020
r.benetis.jpg (regular, 333x500)Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) has a new leader. Professor Rimantas Benetis was elected Rector for a five-year term at the LSMU Council meeting held on October 23. The elected Rector will take office on November 4; he will replace the academician, Professor Remigijus Žaliūnas, who has been the leader of the University since 2002. 

Professor Rimantas Benetis is a well-known cardiac surgeon in Lithuania and abroad, a long-term head of the Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic and the director of the Institute of Cardiology. 

In 2001, the Professor led the team of cardiac surgeons, who performed the first heart transplant operation in Kaunas. In 2007, Professor Rimantas Benetis performed the first lung and heart and lung complex transplantation in the Baltic States. 

The Professor has published 457 scientific publications, presented reports at international conferences and congresses, and gained experience in prestigious foreign medical institutions. In 2003, Professor Rimantas Benetis was awarded the Cross of the Officer of the Order of Merit for Lithuania; in 2018, the Cross of the Officer of the Order of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas, and since 2010, he has been an honorary Professor of the Republic of Kazakhstan.  

The concept of the five-year program of the University activities presented by the elected Rector envisages fostering the internationality of LSMU and openness to change and innovation. “Today, I see the University as Europe’s leading University of Health Sciences for the prosperity of society, whose mission is to create, accumulate, systematize and disseminate scientific knowledge, the latest scientific and study achievements, teach and educate a creative, honest, enterprising, accomplished, healthy, independent and entrepreneurial personality, to foster democracy and prosperity, to develop a healthy and educated society,” says the elected Rector of LSMU.  

According to him, the University needs an energetic, active, innovative and listening community that unites students, graduates, academic and non-academic staff, is not afraid of change, open to new ideas and global competition. 

“Only a community that bases relationships on goodwill and seeks an agreement leading to a culture of community and trust, is able to implement the idea of an international University open to change and innovation," says the Professor. 

Preservation of institutional memory and traditions, adoption of good practices, fostering of the University’s core values – respect for life, academia, community, openness, justice, professionalism, development of all the University’s main activities with special attention to research, science-based studies, increasing the University’s international cognizance are only a few highlights from the concept of activity presented by the elected Rector.  

"The world is in constant transition. It is necessary to respond to all the challenges of this process, to seize opportunities, to change and to adapt to change. Therefore, the entire academic life, finances and management of the University must be based on clear principles that help to boldly accept new challenges,” says Professor Rimantas Benetis.


Lithuanian University of Health Sciences recognises the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)


The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is now accepting results from the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) for students applying to study healthcare-related courses. The move means that anyone applying to study Medicine, Odontology, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine courses at the university can now use BMAT results as part of the application process to the institution.

ing.jpg (regular, 500x250)Professor Ingrida Janulevičienė, Dean of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences said,
‘We are excited to extend international students admission framework considering BMAT as an option. BMAT’s concrete focus on biomedical background especially meets our needs as a specialized biomedical university. We hope to offer wider possibilities for international students from all around the world to apply to Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and to achieve their dream to study Medicine, Odontology, Veterinary Medicine or Pharmacy.’

BMAT was developed by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing, part of the University of Cambridge. It is used by universities around the world to select applicants for Medical, Dental and Biomedical courses. It tests key skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and application of scientific knowledge that are crucial for success on an academically demanding, science-based degree.

‘BMAT is fast becoming an essential tool for student recruitment in the higher education sector,’ said Andy Chamberlain, Head of Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing. ‘We’re delighted that the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences has chosen to accept BMAT as it will benefit them and their students. People apply to universities from all over the world and BMAT gives recruiters a single point of information they need to make fair decisions, which also helps to boost their internationalisation goals. It’s also great news for students as having a BMAT on your application can really help them stand out from the crowd.’

BMAT was established in 2003 and was originally used by three universities in the UK. It’s now used by more than 30 universities, in 13 countries including Poland, the Netherlands, Italy and Thailand.

Students applying to the university can take the test in February 2021 at authorised test centres around the world. 
Full details on how to prepare for and take the test can be found here.


2020-10-22
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30 Years of International Studies at LSMU


October 12, 2020

30logo.png (200x126, 130x126)Annually growing interest of foreign youth, globally competitive alumni and constantly growing internationality – this is how the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) celebrates its 30th anniversary of international studies. On October 10, to commemorate the special anniversary of the University, first foreign graduates, as well as current and former LSMU leaders reviewed the work accomplished, as a result of which today, LSMU is one of the most international universities not only in Lithuania, but also in the entire region.

Different decades

Rector of LSMU Prof. Remigijus Žaliūnas pointed out that these three decades of international studies at the University were rather different. “30 years ago, I was a young associate professor of cardiology, so the thought of starting international studies sounded like preparing for a flight to the Moon," the Rector shared his memories. “It was difficult to create an attractive study environment for talented young people who would like to study here."

The second decade was much easier; European projects and funding emerged, which helped the University to rapidly develop. The ambitions have not faded in the third decade of international studies either; new projects were initiated; the infrastructure of LSMU developed, and the level of studies, research and clinical activities grew. “Today, almost 20 percent of all students are foreigners. Only about 8 thousand students study at the University, so it is a really great achievement. In the next decade, we should commit to attracting more foreign researchers and academic staff. It will be a great investment in the future,” Rector of LSMU said at the celebration.

Former Rector of the University, Chairman of the LSMU Council Prof. Vilius Jonas Grabauskas was the one to take first steps towards the internationality of the University. Professor returned to the University after completing work at the World Health Organization, quite quickly became Rector, and undertook important changes. According to Prof. Grabauskas, throughout these decades, the University has provided a quality education to foreign nationals, and has also advanced due to the diversity of cultures studying here. “By coming to our University, you have made a significant contribution to expanding the understanding of people’s relationship on an international scale. In today’s global world, without international cooperation, there is no other way to achieve high-quality higher education," emphasized Prof. Vilius Jonas Grabauskas.

Former Chairman of the LSMU Senate Prof. Rimantas Benetis recalled that after Lithuania regained its independence, the initiation of international studies during the transition period was a really difficult task. “During the Soviet era, Kaunas was a closed city. We need be able to imagine this epoch; thus, only those who faced it understand what I mean. Nonetheless, starting international studies and cooperation with foreign colleagues was a particularly ambitious step at the time,” said Prof. Rimantas Benetis.

Professor emphasized that today, LSMU offers many study programs in English at various study levels, and that Kaunas, like the whole of Lithuania, is a great place to study, work and live.

Growing numbers

This year, 342 young people from abroad chose to study at LSMU. This number is growing every year; mostly citizens of Israel, Sweden and Germany come to study here. The newcomers choose Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy studies; growing numbers of applicants also wish to study in other study programs offered by LSMU in English. LSMU offers a total of 17 study programs in English to foreign citizens.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the teaching and learning process, international studies at the University remain successful, with many processes being transferred to the digital environment. The University implements various student integration programs on a regular basis, if needed with the help of a psychologist.

According to Dean of the International Relations and Study Center (IRSC) Prof. Ingrida Janulevičienė, those who choose to study at LSMU should know that the development of technology and artificial intelligence does not pose a threat to University graduates to lose their jobs in the future. “In the future, LSMU students will be global citizens, members of the knowledge-based community. Future LSMU students should be guided by values that are important for the health system and health sciences,” said the Dean of the IRSC.

Streamed live on Oct 9, 2020

Please follow this link to see some event photos...

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University Welcomes International Freshmen


Despite of COVID-19 pandemic, the University welcomes an exclusively wide group of freshmen. We are very excited to welcome newcomers to become a part of the LSMU community. The new academic year has just started, so we want to approach you in English; we hope that later, you will be able to read the news in Lithuanian as well. This year, 350 freshmen from 66 countries have joined the University: 342 students, 4 pre-medical course participants, and 4 fellowship course participants. The geography of the University community has broadened as students coming from Japan, Honduras, Venezuela, Morocco, Liberia, Albania, and Algeria were admitted. The biggest groups of students are from Sweden, Israel, Germany, and India. The most popular specialties in LSMU are Medicine, Odontology, and Veterinary Medicine. LSMU study programs in Health Psychology, Physiotherapy, Clinical Health Psychology, and Public Health Management have been launched for the first time for international students. This year, we also welcome 26 international Erasmus students, good to have you all here!
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International newcomers joined the wide international community, which now accounts for more than 20 percent of all LSMU students. Currently, 1331 students from 76 countries study at LSMU! Pandemic does not shut doors for knowledge, it is not stopping our International students on their way to their dream career. Despite of restrictions, more than 90 percent of all our international students managed to come to Lithuania from all around the world. Freshmen (we call them Freshers) were welcomed at the Registration week, introduced to mentors, and received some surprise presents. The introduction week began with plenty of useful information about the University, team-building activities and adaptation at the University and in Lithuania. During the introduction week after classes, International committee of students association ICOSA organized a bunch of fun activities. The culmination of the introduction week was Freshers Camp. It was a one-day fun outing at the Lithuanian open-air folk museum, where students enjoyed some great time together.

We wish to all our newcomers a great start of the academic year, smooth and fast adaptation in Lithuania and as negligible as possible cultural shock. Yet, if you feel homesick and lonely here, you absolutely need to be involved in the University sport and cultural activities, communicate with your mentors and international team. Don’t forget that two international student psychologist are working here just for you.

Mentor Training Camp


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On September 19–20, training in English for LSMU Erasmus + student mentors was for the first time organized at the Sadauskai homestead near Vilkija town. There were 20 participants  including our university’s full time students from Sweden, Germany, France, India, Ghana, Nigeria and Lithuania. Like every year, the International Relations and Study Centre together with Erasmus students’ network (ESN LSMU) assembled mentor team formed both from LSMU international full-time students and their Lithuanian counterparts. Each exchange student who comes to LSMU under Erasmus+ program has his/her own friend, a so-called mentor who is there for him/her to facilitate not only one’s basic ordinary needs such as accommodation, navigation in the city, public transport, but is also actively advising on any commonplace and study inquiries such as communication with academic personnel.

Mentors acquired knowledge from “Efektas Group” founder Linas Staršelskis and lecturer Fidan Mehdiyeva while being surrounded by nature. LSMU full time students focused on the better self-other understanding. Various activities helped them develop valuable skills and discover new hobbies. At the beginning of the training session, the attendees had to briefly introduce themselves, which later it turned into a 7-minute story telling. After spending some time getting to know one another better, mentors were taught how to welcome the incoming Erasmus students as well as how to create and maintain mutual connection. Working in groups, the participants had to invent solutions for diverse issues specific to incoming students including homesickness, disagreements with roommates, both religious and cultural differences. 

Through simulation-based training, artistic and creative skills of the mentors were revealed while they were mimicking often-emerging difficulties of foreign students who experience acclimatization and cultural shock in Lithuania. Specifically prepared and adapted tasks for the mentoring program gave the guidelines to the attendees on how to practically apply the gained knowledge when actually working with international students on a local level. Mentor training encouraged cooperation between mentors, provided the participants with the relevant information on welcoming Erasmus+ exchange students. The training also revealed communication and intercultural cooperation peculiarities, such as aspects of the communication psychology, time management together with organizational and stress control techniques. Eventually, after a full day of intensive training sessions, the students had a relaxing time in sauna, and on Sunday morning they tried their muscle strength at the volleyball, basketball, and badminton courts.

This year in autumn semester, LSMU welcomed 26 Erasmus+ students, who did not get discouraged by inconveniences and uncertainties caused by Covid-19 global pandemic. Instead, the incoming students took all the recommended safety precautions prior to arrival to LSMU, which led them to start their studies at our University on time. The majority of the accepted students came from the partner universities in Germany, Spain and France. It is worth mentioning that every year, the International Relations and Study Centre along with ESN LSMU invite all the interested and motivated students to join the team of mentors, whose main goal is to improve and get stronger together in the multicultural environment. If you are interested, please, make sure to contact us at agne.jasauskaite@lsmuni.lt.

 

Text & photos: Agnė Jašauskaitė, International Programme Coordinator

Text: Rugilė Satkauskaitė, Mentor of Incoming Erasmus+ Students


LSMU offers scholarships for Belarusian students


Lithuanian University of Health Sciences supports Belarus students due to the current situation in their country. LSMU has opened admission for Belarusian students (including those transferring from universities) and is offering tuition fee-free study places in study programmes taught in English. A number of places are limited and the selection process is based both on academic achievements and student’s current situation in his country.

Until 15 August 2021, citizens of Belarus can apply for Bachelor degree studies for the academic year 2021/2022. Students can choose an integrated study programme – Pharmacy; Bachelor programmes such as Nursing, Health Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy. 

Students can apply online: https://apply.lsmuni.lt/ until 15 August 2021.

Admission requirements can be found here: https://lsmuni.lt/en/activities/degree-studies/admission/admission-requirements/

Online PreMed courses are about to start!


Studying health sciences is your dream?
Do you feel a need to improve your knowledge in Chemistry or Biology?

LSMU offers a perfect solution for you - Pre Medical Course Online, which includes:

  • 10 weeks of on-line classes in General Biology and Chemistry;
  • small groups (up to 10 students);
  • experienced university teachers in a multicultural environment;
  • all information about the admission procedures;
  • opportunity to explore LSMU closely;
  • final exam of this course is accepted as an entrance exam to LSMU.
  • You are just a step away from your dream, so take that step!

Tuition fee of 2200 EUR covers online attendance of classes and seminars and access to the university‘s library.

PreMed Course begins on 5th October 2020.

Hurry up to fill your application online: Apply now

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Dear ones,

This year is special for Lithuanian University of Health Sciences – the pandemic has changed University’s life and long-lasting traditions. Due to the current epidemiologic situation in Lithuania, in order to protect each other’s health and following the newest recommendations of the Government, it has been decided the festive commemoration of The Knowledge Day is not going to take place this year.

The University remains stable: studies are going to be organized in a regular way. In case it is necessary it might be organized remotely too. The Knowledge Day – the most beautiful autumn holiday, thus we expect understanding from each other. We hope next year we are all going to be able to commemorate the beginning of study year in a traditional way.

Happy and successful new study year!


Lithuanian University of Health Sciences expresses solidarity with the Lebanese


The entire community of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences expresses our solidarity with the Lebanese after the massive explosion last night in Beirut that caused tremendous damage and many victims. We mourn together with you and encourage you to stay strong through this disaster.

Today’s Reality – Virtual Study Exhibitions


As the pandemic touched the world, the work specifics of the International Relations and Study Center have changed. As we cannot participate in physical higher education exhibitions and thus introduce students to LSMU, on Saturday, June 27, we participated at the online study exhibition organized by “Gyanberry” company. 

The Gyanberry virtual university fair is the only multi-regional education fair, to which students from India, the Persian Gulf, the Middle East and North Africa have been invited. Prior to the exhibition, the Gyanberry company team contacted over 1,000 schools in India and the United Arab Emirates, and promoted the event to more than 130,000 students through popular apps, i.e., Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin.

 According to the organizers of the exhibition, 120,000 people contacted the Gyanberry team directly by phone/e-mail. These figures demonstrate the number of people who viewed the LSMU stand during the exhibition.

The event was attended by representatives of universities from the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia. The event targeted students who were looking for opportunities to commence studies not only in the upcoming 2020 school season, but also final-year students who are still looking for a suitable country and a university study program and are planning to study in the future.

The virtual exhibition almost accurately reproduced the atmosphere of the real exhibition: each university had its own stand, and by a simple click on various exhibition inventory, the information about the respective university, study programs offered, video material and the like would pop up. For seven hours, there was a general correspondence window in which students asked various questions about LSMU, Kaunas, accommodation, study programs and other subjects of interest to them. Students wishing to have a private conversation with the University representatives had the opportunity to communicate privately by calling or chatting on the platform.

We have received a lot of interest in the programs offered by our University; we collected contacts of the interested visitors and plan on keeping in touch with them by e-mail.

This is the second virtual exhibition this year, during which we have a unique opportunity to promote and increase the awareness of LSMU in the virtual space. Virtual exhibitions is a new but very interesting experience for the whole team of the International Relations and Study Center.
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Updates related to Covid-19


Given the deteriorating epidemiological situation in the country, local quarantine coming into effect on 28 October 2020, 00:00, and lasting until 11 November 2020, 24:00. All information here…

In line with the recommendations approved by the European Council, at its meeting on Wednesday (21 October) the Government decided on the criteria to be applied at the national level, based on which all the countries of the European Union would be divided into four groups according to the traffic light principle. Based on the criteria, when assessing the European Union countries, they will be classified into four groups according to colours green, yellow, red, and grey.

From November 2, an updated list of affected countries. The map of affected countries you can find here: 

Weekly free movement map

Note: Isolation and Covid-19 test are not mandatory if arrival from Latvia, Norway and Finland, as well as from the Canary Islands.

Under the new rules, if arrivals present a negative Covid-19 test taken no earlier than 48 hours before departing to Lithuania – or a test taken once in Lithuania – they will no longer be required to self-isolate for 10 daysMore information here….


Moreover, every traveler returning to or arriving in Lithuania by regular, special or charter flights by air, sea or land will have to submit their personal data to the specialists of the National Center for Public Health (NVSC) electronically.

This means that before boarding a plane, ferry, bus, or train, a person will have to fill in a form on the NVSC website and present the confirmation received – the so-called QR code – at the time of boarding the chosen means of transportation.

The questionnaire can be found on keleiviams.nvsc.lt/lt/form

All foreigners arriving from the affected countries must have a coronavirus test performed max. 48 hours prior to arrival in Lithuania and a negative response received, apart from the exceptions provided for in the decision of the Operations Manager. A negative test result does not release one from the obligation to self-isolate for 10 days.

More information: koronastop.lrv.lt/news/updated-procedure

Third countries (non-EEA countries) that are not included in the ECDC maps and are therefore included in the gray area are also considered to be affected by coronavirus infection. The exemption applies to countries included in the list of third countries established at the European Union level, whose population should not be subject to temporary restrictions on crossing of external borders for the purpose of unnecessary travel to the EU.

The list of affected countries is published every Friday and takes effect on Monday. The order of the Minister of Health regarding the list of affected countries can be found HERE.

The most important requirements for arrival to Lithuania are listed in the table below.

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You can check the list of affected countries here. 

STEP 1: MANDATORY RETURN REGISTRATION

Please fill in the form very responsibly (after that when you booked your flight to Lithuania), as all the data you provide will be used to ensure your successful arrival in Lithuania. Your information may also be transferred to Lithuanian institutions responsible for returning of foreign citizens. We also wish to inform you that in mid-August, the government will consider a nationwide student exemption. LSMU has additionally applied to the Minister of Education and Science to mediate for an exemption for LSMU students. The form for LSMU International Students

NOTE:
Registration to studies is mandatory 7 days before travel to Lithuania!

STEP 2: MANDATORY REGISTRATION TO STUDIES

We would kindly like to ask you to fill a Registration to Studies 2020 application and confirm your return date.
Online registration form

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to make sure you are safe and ready to start your studies following Rector’s order which was emailed to your university email.

NOTE:

  • Registration to studies is mandatory within 48 hours after arrival to Lithuania!
  • If register before arriving at the University, your registration will be deleted automatically.
  • If you are from Covid-19 affected country, you must provide a negative Covid-19 test result, if you don't provide it, your registration will be deleted automatically.

Don’t forget:

The University or the National Center for Public Health has the right to come and check whether you adhere to the self-isolation rules in Kaunas. Violation or non-compliance with self-isolation shall be subject to criminal liability and immediate expulsion from the University.

ISOLATION RULES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARRIVING/RETURNING TO STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY FROM HIGHLY AFFECTED COUNTRIES

  • Since you’re are self-isolating, you must strictly follow the rules listed below.
  • You should travel to your isolation place in Kaunas by various means of transportation except for public transport.
  • During the self-isolation period, you should always be accessible by phone or email.
  • Do not leave the place of isolation without the permission of a health care professional;
  • Do not invite guests (visitors) at home;
  • Follow the instructions of the health care professional;
  • Please obtain food, medications, or any other necessary items remotely, or ask other people (e.g. friends, etc.), who do not have to stay in isolation, to get them for you.
  • Measure your body temperature daily and monitor your health and symptoms like cough and difficulty breathing;
  • In case of your health deterioration, or if you notice symptoms of acute respiratory tract infection (if you have any rapidly developing symptoms: fever, cough, difficulty breathing), you must call the helpline 1808;
  • Provide all the necessary information to the National Public Health Center professional, administering the epidemiological diagnostics of coronavirus infection: https://keleiviams.nvsc.lt/en/form.
  • If you’re diagnosed with Covid-19, you must immediately inform the International Office by email: return2020@lsmuni.lt or by phone: +370 652 90747; +370 67180131.
  • Shortness of breath may often be provoked by psychological reasons. If you feel overwhelmed with the situation you can contact LSMU psychologists for international students via video call. Just register in advance by e-mail: Jevgenij jevgenij.razgulin@lsmuni.lt or Rūta ruta.lingyte@lsmuni.lt
  • The University shall not provide any services to the visitors with symptoms of acute upper respiratory infection (e.g. fever, runny nose, cough, difficulty in breathing, etc.) and visitors coming from the highly affected countries* for 14 days after arrival.
  • It is necessary to ensure the maintenance of the environment and hygiene requirements:
    • There is no need to wear a mask at home if you do not feel any symptoms of the disease. It is necessary to wear the medical mask in case you demonstrate upper respiratory infection symptoms, such as cough, sneezing, and you need to call the ambulance and go to the hospital;
    • Wash your hands with soap and water. If there is no possibility to wash your hands, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (alcohol-based hand disinfectant/antiseptic). You need to wash hands before cooking and afterward, before meals, after using the lavatory, and when your hands are dirty;
    • Please maintain coughing-sneezing etiquette: cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, when coughing or sneezing; dispose of the tissue to the trash bin. If you do not have a tissue, when sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth with an elbow, not your palm;
    • Ventilate the room at least 2-3 times a day (fully open the windows for 10 min. or make a draught for several minutes. During such ventilation, there should be no people in the room);
    • Clean the most touched surfaces in the room daily, e.g., night tables, bed handles, and other bedroom furniture. Clean with a usual soap or cleaning liquid;
    • Use separate linen, utensils, etc.;
    • Wash your clothes with the usual detergent at the temperature 60-90℃;
    • Wash the dishes with hot water and the usual soap or use a dishwasher.

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If I have more questions about the migration?

University – email & milda.mankeleviciene or call +370 652 90747; +370 67180131;

Migration department - migracija.gov.lt or call +370 707 67000.

The staff of the International Office is always ready to help you with all the questions you face.

The University offers you psychological counseling.

Contact:

Rūta ruta.lingyte or Jevgenij jevgenij.razgulin, +37064625592.


To the attention of LSMU applicants


[Updated 07 Jul 2020]

University has recently noticed that DESTINEX GLOBAL SERVICES Pvt.Ltd introduces itself as a representative of LSMU and distributes misleading information in the public space and directly to potential applicants. LSMU officially declares that it does not and has never had any agreements with this organization, and that any mediation services related to LSMU offered by them have no legal base; moreover, the information provided by the company about LSMU is not necessarily correct.

On this basis, LSMU officially declares that the University will not hold responsibility for any actions of DESTINEX GLOBAL SERVICES Pvt.Ltd and will not be able to assume any of the things promised by DESTINEX GLOBAL SERVICES Pvt.Ltd. We strongly recommend not to contact DESTINEX GLOBAL SERVICES Pvt.Ltd regarding the services offered by LSMU; otherwise, you shall accept full responsibility for any kind of damage you may experience as a result.

If you have any questions about education and/or training at LSMU, we advise you to use official University information by following the link https://lsmuni.lt/en/study-at-lsmu/degree-studies/  and contacting our personnel directly https://lsmuni.lt/en/structure/academic-departments/international-relations-and-study-centre/


Information for the LSMU community about the Principles of Academic Ethics


Honourable members of LSMU academic community,

Today we all live in an unusual period when changes in work, study, home environment determine our psychological well-being and more often cause certain actions. The academic community is facing unsettling challenges but nevertheless it must show academic leadership, provide and nurture the highest competencies in scientific research, teaching, professional activities at all levels – academic subject, academic unit, institution to the University and the community.

We hope that even in different living and working circumstances our community will stay united and pursue common goals based on the University values in accordance with the principles of academic ethics (LSMU Code of Ethics, 2014):

All members of the university community are committed to follow these principles:

1.1         The principle of personal respect. All rights, freedoms, beliefs of all members of the University community are respected, regardless of nationality, race, gender, age, social status, religious or political beliefs; members of the University community or society are not being offended verbally or by misconduct.

1.2         The principle of human dignity. All members of University community acknowledge personal and others value, respect the identity and autonomy of every individual.

1.3         The principle of autonomy. All members of the University make independent decisions and ground their actions, based on their beliefs, values and worldviews that manifest itself through self-regulation, self-motivation and voluntary performance of duties.

1.4         The principle of moral responsibility. All members of the University community are personally responsible for their actions and decisions; No form of violence, bribery, illegal use and emission of information is tolerated.

1.5         The principle of equivalence. All members of the university community are equal and have a right to influence the decisions regarding University activities.

1.6         The principle of justice. The behavior of all members of the University community is valued equally, regardless of the position; separate attempts of the members of the University community to obtain or grant an assessment that does not conform to the established rules of the University are not tolerated. Any issues of shared values are addressed openly and publicly.

1.7         The principle of honesty. All members of the University community, while on their respective duty, comply with the integrity of scientific, pedagogical, health care and other activities. Fraud facts are publicized.

1.8         The principle of solidarity. All members of the University community protect the interests of the University and its members from violations.

1.9         The principle of publicity. The community of the University has all access to all official information that is not restricted or confidential.

1.10      The principle of confidentiality. All members of the University community respect each other’s rights to privacy. A non-relative to the Code personal information concerning the members of the University community is not disclosed publicly.

1.11      The principle of tolerance. The members of the University community respect the opposite opinions and beliefs in pursuance of a peaceful and trustworthy atmosphere.

Please bear in mind that responsible behavior in social media is obligatory when being out of office/ studies or during non-working/studying hours. I.e. individuals acting as natural persons are advised not to use the University’s name in any personal, political, religious activities (other than presenting general personal information) which could affect others to evaluate statements made or actions taken.

International students are advised to start planning their travels back to regular studies


LSMU is happy to announce that there was no significant outbreak of COVID-19 virus in Lithuania, and the lockdown is getting looser every week. More international flights are offered every day, and the list of restrictions becomes shorter. Step by step, we are coming back to normal life, and the University is planning return to regular studies. Beginning of the new academic year is scheduled for September the 1st, except for the 1st year Freshmen, who will begin classes on September the 14th. Certain programs are planning to have a short summer semester in August in order to finish current academic year. Students are advised to begin planning their travels back to Kaunas following the actual situation in Lithuania and their respective countries. With this message, the University begins weekly updates for international students. Read the first update...

A Different Awarding of LSMU Diplomas This Year



Virtual Week of Culture unites the LSMU community for a noble cause


During the first week of May, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) community was united in an unusual activity: hundreds of the university’s lecturers, students, researchers and other staff have been participating remotely in the university’s Culture Week events.

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Be a Pharmacist and help people live better, healthier lives!


Pharmacists are medication experts who enhance patient care and promote wellness. You will use your professional knowledge as a pharmacist to prepare and dispense prescriptions, ensure medicines and doses are correct, prevent harmful drug interactions, and counsel patients on the safe and appropriate use of their medications. As a pharmacist, you will have unique and specialized expertise about the composition of medicines, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties, as well as their manufacture and use. Other health care professionals will rely on you to select and administer medications that offer the best results and quality of life for a particular patient. As a pharmacist you may prepare personalized medications, participate in patient rounds at the hospital, reduce the spread of infections, conduct research or clinical trials, or focus on a specific patient population or disease state (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, asthma, HIV, and pain management).  

pharmacist-woman-35581711.jpg (376x240, 327x240)The majority of Pharmacy graduates are employed as pharmacists. These divide into two main groups: hospital pharmacists and community pharmacists. Other options include research, whether in universities or in industry. Pharmacists are highly employable all over the world – they often appear on governmental lists of professions to be given preferential treatment in immigration processes – and a vanishingly small amount of Pharmacy graduates are unemployed. A pharmacist’s starting salary may well be higher than that of a junior doctor and rises rapidly with experience. To round this off, pharmacists have excellent job security – making this a very appealing path to take for anyone with the aptitude.

Secure your future NOW by applying for the integrated PHARMACY studies (Bachelor's + Master's degree) program at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) – a modern institution located in the very heart of Europe with rich history and 30 years' experience of instruction in English. It features brand-new modern laboratories and teaching facilities equipped with latest technologies and instrumentation. The qualifications you acquire here will be fully recognized and highly appreciated in most countries throughout the world.

Graduates of Pharmacy degrees are key to the community of human healthcare professionals, taking on roles relating to the design and development of new treatments, prescription and care management, and advising on the range of medical options available. The program allows our graduates to be involved in many disciplines of pharmaceutical sciences from drug discovery and medicinal chemistry through to product development and manufacture, including pharmaceutical analysis, quality control and quality assurance.

Most importantly, we are proud of our highly qualified and friendly staff who are always ready to respond to our students' needs. Here you will get individual attention and will be treated with appreciation and respect. Read our guide to studying Pharmacy at the LMSU in our website http://web.lsmuni.lt/trs/studies/#/pharmacy-2, including an overview of common course topics, specializations and career paths.

Expand your horizons by studying at our University alongside with international students from 70 different countries. Live in Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania, with its safe streets and sophisticated cultural lifestyle, where the cost of living is very reasonable, infrastructure is great and accommodations are affordable and readily available.

Waiting for you at LSMU!

More information is available: https://apply.lsmuni.lt/courses/course/18-msc-pharmacy.


Become a Mentor for the 1st year International students!


  • Share your knowledge & experience

  • Help to feel comfortable

  • Develop your leadership & organizational skills

Became a mentor for the 1st year international students!!!


Apply online


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Master in Animal and Human Interaction – а programme for those, who love animals and want to help people!


Although people have lived alongside animals for thousands of years, researches in the field of Animal and Human interaction are relatively new. An animal-human bond is often defined as a mutually beneficial relationship that influences the health and well-being of both. The need for specialists assisting in therapy has been growing every year. Such disorders as autism, attention deficit and hyperactivity affect thousands of children in the world, whereas cerebral palsy is also diagnosed for numerous children. The animals properly prepared to assist in human therapy can be used to improve health of such patients. Canine therapists and equine therapists can work closely with physicians, psychologists, or specialist educators to prepare animals according to the appropriate methodologies.

If you were eager to work with the oldest human friends and helpers – dogs and horses – and you have a Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine or related sciences, choose the studies of the second cycle in Animal and Human Interaction!

kaniterapija.jpg (regular, 500x500)The study programme is intended to prepare qualified Animal and Human interaction specialists, who would be able to apply the most up-to-data information and research results for creative work with therapy-assisted and recreational animals, to select advanced breeding methods, to ensure responsible animal care and nutrition, and to develop human-animal communication skills. During 1,5 years of studies, you will learn breeding, selection, nutrition and responsible care of therapy animals, methods and technologies of possible uses of such animals, individual and group work with clients and peculiarities of such work. You will perform professional practice in rehabilitation centres, the Canine Therapy Aid Centre and other organizations that are cooperating with specialists of rehabilitation and recreation. Moreover, you can practice in Lithuania, abroad or in your native country. Under ERASMUS + and other study programmes, you will be able to go to study or practice at foreign Universities.

Upon graduation of the Master’s program in Animal and Human Interaction, you will become a professional who has knowledge how to use animals in human therapy and recreation, to work in the field of therapy-assisted animal breeding, to collaborate, exchange information within an interdisciplinary team of specialists in other fields, to work with animals in equine therapy and canine therapy centres, use those animals for recreation activities, and in dog breeders’ associations.
Specialists of such field also work as managers of zoo shops, at the State Security Service, customs, the Department of Prisons, police, animal shelters and care homes, as well as universities and research institutions.

Waiting for you at LSMU! More information is available here


Grants for full-time Master’s degree



The application deadline has been extended until 8 May 2020!

Education Exchanges Support Foundation is opening a Call for applications for 50 Lithuanian state grants for full-time Master’s degree at Lithuanian higher education institutions for the 2020/2021 academic year. Funding under the Call will be provided to the citizens of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, the People’s Republic of China, Georgia, the State of Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Ukraine and foreigners of Lithuanian origin.

All approved candidates will receive a monthly scholarship of 390 euros for the duration of their studies. Only citizens of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, the Republic of Ukraine and foreigners of Lithuanian origin will be covered the cost of the studies of their full-time Master’s degree studies, up to a limit not exceeding the national standard study cost.

Read more here...


Study Lifestyle Medicine online and get a Master's degree!


Lifestyle Medicine is an innovative Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) Master's degree programme launched in partnership with Harvard, Cornell, Loma Linda universities and clinical practice centers in the United States of America. This study programme is designed for health care professionals in various fields seeking to improve their knowledge of lifestyle medicine interventions and to enhance their professional career opportunities. Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based therapeutic practice where lifestyle changing interventions (nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support, and environmental control) are used to prevent, treat and cure chronic diseases by affecting their causes.

In 2019, the LSMU Lifestyle Medicine study programme was awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence by American College of Lifestyle Medicine. The LSMU study programme was acknowledged for its content and form as one of the most advanced and most suitable programmes for evidence-based lifestyle medicine intervention competencies in the world.

The LSMU Lifestyle Medicine student Robert Žižka has been active in the field of nutrition and healthy lifestyle for 25 years. He has been working as a manager of non-governmental organization, editor of lifestyle magazine, organizer of immersion programs, publisher, and lecturer. Below you can find Robert Žižka's feedback about the Lifestyle Medicine programme.

robertzizka.jpg (regular, 333x500)‘In 2019 I attended a Lifestyle Medicine conference in Kaunas as a representative of the Czech Republic. There I learned about the Lifestyle Medicine programme offered by the LSMU – as the first University in Europe. I had such a good time at the conference that I decided to join the crew, start Czech Society of Lifestyle Medicine and complete my education with online studies at the LSMU.

Now I am in the middle of my studies. At times it is not easy to coordinate them with my workload, but I am receiving so much! All the topics are so interesting, most of the materials so well prepared! I am learning much more than anticipated – it's broadening my experience and preparing me for future tasks I never dreamed about.

I am very happy with this privilege to be the first student of Lifestyle Medicine from the Czech Republic. Big thanks to all the University staff. They offer their best to pass their knowledge and skills to students who are on fire – as I am.’


Apply online: https://apply.lsmuni.lt/

More information: https://bit.ly/StudyLifestyleMedicine 

For any questions: fstudent@lsmuni.lt


LSMU Online Entrance Exam


Responding to the current situation in the World, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) changed the obligatory entrance examination to an online modeOnline examinations started on the 7th of May and are scheduled to take place every Thursday till July 2020. The exam has two steps: the interview and the test in Biology and ChemistryYou will have an interview several days prior to the entrance test during the same week. Evaluation of the applicant’s motivation will be the primary goal of the interview; meanwhile, we can also check the online connection quality between the applicant and the University.

Online exam consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in Biology and Chemistry; each part will be comprised of 20 questions (the total of 40 questions). The total time for answering the questions will be set to 60 minutes. As soon as applicants will get logins for the exam (7-5 days before the entrance test), they will be granted access to examination platform and will be able to “warm-up” and practice by completing a demo test.

All hours in the table are in local Lithuanian time (GMT +03:00), check online (google search: time in Lithuania right now) for the difference with your country's time


August, 2020 

ONLY applicants to Odontology and Veterinary Medicine


ENTRANCE

EXAMINATION
TEST


REGISTRATION 
CLOSES


INTERVIEW

(time will be appointed personally)

 August 14
10:00

August 12 at 9:00
(click to register)

August 13
morning hours

All hours in the table are in local Lithuanian time (GMT +03:00), check online for the difference with your country's time


Registration

Everything you need to register for the entrance exam is to choose the most suitable day and register by answering few simple questions. A week before the entrance exam, you will be contacted by the admission officer with further instructions and login information 

Important to note while registering: 

  • It might appear that no spots are left on your selected dayPlease do not panic, just select another day; there will be enough time slots for everybody. 
  • The interview and the entrance test shall be taken during the same week (based on the schedule). 
  • Only the applicants who have submitted an application (https://apply.lsmuni.lt/)received a positive feedback to sit the entrance exam and paid the application fee of 150 Eur are eligible to register and sit the entrance exam. 
  • The registration will close 7 days before the single scheduled entrance test date. It will take approx. one day for us to prepare your logins.
  • Upon successful submission of the registration form, applicants will get an automatic email confirming their registration data. 
  • Please be careful entering you email address, double check whether it is correct. Your login account will be based on this email, and further instructions will be sent to the email provided.  
  • Please be careful with your planning. To avoid multiple optional and occasional registrations for the exam, after the registration is closed, the admission office shall count applicant’s first registration onlyFailure to appear for the interview and the entrance test at the registered time will be considered as failed exam. 
  • The interview and the entrance test will be conducted on the LSMU platform and via Zoom video meeting. No special preparation shall be done to use the LSMU platformand there is no need to subscribe for Zoom services. Zoom invitations will be sent to your mailbox; you may need to install a simple app following the instructions when starting the meeting. 
  • The entrance test cannot be completed on mobile phones; we strongly recommend having a computer or laptop with reliable internet connection of at least 2 Mb/sA working microphone and camera are mandatory.

Topics for the Entrance Exam

Recommended Text Books for the Entrance Examination Test

If an applicant provides the Score Reports on SAT Subject Tests for Chemistry and Biology (a score of 550 and more), he/she will not be required to sit the entrance test given by the University. The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is registered at the College Board (applied code – 7210).    

If an applicant is not able to present a certificate proving the knowledge of English language (TOEFL, IELTS, B2 Level ‘Independent user by CEFR or adequate), he/she shall sit the English language test, prepared by the University. 


The following foreign applicants are exempted from LSMU entrance test:

1. Applicants who apply for the following First Cycle (Bachelors) degrees: Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Health Psychology, Physiotherapy; Second Cycle (Master’s) degrees: Applied Public Health, Management of Public Health, Advanced Nursing Practice, Lifestyle Medicine, Food Science, Animal Science, Clinical Health Psychology, Animal and Human Interaction;

2. Applicants who received education based on formally acknowledged educational systems listed below, and their evaluation score in Chemistry (Mathematics for Health Psychology study programme) and Biology are as follow:

Qualification

Evaluation no less than

A level certificate ("A Levels")

B and B

IB Diploma ("International Baccalaureate")

4 (H level)

German certificate –("Abitur")

12 (points) or 1-2

Swedish certificate – ("Examensbevis")


N
ew system  B and C, old system VG and G level  (obligatory level "2")

Spanish certificate – ("Titulo de Bachiller" accompanied by "Selectividad")

6

French certificate – ("Baccalaureat")

15

USA – Secondary school certificate and passed SAT (Standardized  Chemistry (Mathematics for Health Psychology study programme)  and Biology tests) (“High School Diploma” and  ”SAT Subject Tests”)


SAT score 500

BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test)

(BMAT could be taken at home country or any other country where the tests are offered. Please, use this link for further information: https://www.admissionstesting.org/for-test-takers/bmat/; )

Sections 1 and 2 – score 4, Section 3 – score 2C 

MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)

(MCAT could be taken at home country or any other country where test is offered. Please, use this link for further information: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/taking-mcat-exam/)



490

IMAT (International Medical Admissions Test)

(IMAT could be taken at home country or any other country where test is offered. Please, use this link for further information: https://www.admissionstesting.org/for-test-takers/imat/about-imat/;)

40

NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test)

(NEET is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) in India. Please, use this link for further information: https://ntaneet.nic.in/ntaneet/welcome.aspx)



300

 


Recommendations for medical students of LSMU


Dear all students of Faculty of Medicine,

Two weeks have passed with LSMU distance learning. I have no doubt that you have gained new experiences in this short time, you have found yourself in a variety of unexpected situations and you are frustrated or scared that not everything is going as well as you would like to. No doubt, we as the teachers, feel the same way. Many of us (students and teachers) are using such a learning method, as the only one, for the first time. Thus:

1. At the beginning of the day focus on the subjects you are studying, do not start your day with surfing the internet pages and finding out what’s going on in the world. You can do this later or in the evening. The first hours after you wake up are the most productive ones. Start to study by tackling the hardest task first.

2. Think on how you can better plan your work day. Write down the agenda on the sheet of paper and try to follow it (for instance: you could decide that you will study every work day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. no matter what). If you struggle to motivate yourself and concentrate - try time management system named “Pomodoro Technique”. There are plenty explanations on YouTube how to use it.

3. Don’t forget to rest, because distance learning does not have any time limits.

4. Think on how you can unleash your creativity through distance learning (ingeniously prepare presentations, clinical situations, or other material that you can use for interviews, seminars or tutorials). Take this opportunity. This will help you uncover such of your own personality sides that you have not yet imagined or thought you have.

5. Let’s work in a team, let’s help each other orient ourselves in the complex world of “cloud”, “files” and “buttons”. Tell each other "Click here or that, etc.".

6. My best experience this week is your sincere support and 100% participation in the distance learning process.

I share my experiences and hope you can customize something for yourself, or find an idea to help you better plan your time and achieve better results. If you think that discussions, sharing experiences regarding on how to learn, better time management or avoidance of other triggers would be useful - we look forward to your feedback and suggestions. If you are interested, please fill in the registration form below, then we will create a Microsoft Teams where we will be able to discuss your concerns on Monday and Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Registration form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAjVMjLOynkI68_ifJHT5HYb8HYYRlfDY3sshcRAyXE7BDWg/viewform

Sincerely
Edita Mašanauskienė


University invites students to take part in a new study subject ‘Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship’


The spring of 2020 has arrived with some great news! University introduces a new study subject „Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship“. Biomedical industry is one of the fastest growing areas, attracting a lot of attention from the public, business and investors. Innovations, new products in this area are met with great interest, curiosity and impatience to test it. There is a growing number of companies developing biomedical innovations, as well as start-ups offering innovative medical solutions.

The design of study programs at LSMU reflect the recent global trends. One of such trends is an increasingly widening professional profile of future doctors. Next to the medical knowledge and skills, it is also important to master the competencies in business and innovation management. The new study subject aims to provide students with these important competencies. Innovative, problem-based and experiential learning didactics, as well as guest lectures in the class will allow to master the principles of biomedical startup development and innovation management.

During their professional studies medical students observe the patients’ problems, challenges and inconveniences that often remain unsolved. Many of such observations can serve as excellent ideas for developing the new creative solutions. However, despite having a great startup idea, in most cases student lacks the necessary knowledge for turning innovation into a potentially profitable business. In the course „Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship“ students will be encouraged to look for solutions on how to improve patient diagnostics, treatment methods, processes and experiences, to look for the new approaches and innovative solutions. Besides, students will gain knowledge and skills that will allow them to go all the way from recognition and development of innovative idea to pitching this idea to the potential investors.

The study subject “Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (MK / EMK / M-V33) is an elective and will be delivered in the autumn semester.

We invite you to join the team of students in the subject and to be the ones who will make a difference in the future of medicine!

More information:


Important information for LSMU students


Dear students,

On behalf of the Study Center, we are sending You best wishes for St. Easter time – a celebration of rebirth, of concentrating new ideas and new meaningful works. We wish you good mood and sincere communication!
We send You the following documents with important information:

  • regarding further study process for all study programs in 2019/2020 in the spring semester (for non-final year students);
  • regarding the principles of assessment of distance learning part (depending on the faculty);
  • Relevant information for final year students.
The document can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Vkin5r.

Call for Erasmus+ exchange Studies for spring term 2021


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STUDIES

 

Main selection criteria:

  • average of grades at LSMU (≥7, without academic failure);
  • foreign language skills;
  • motivation and communication skills.

Important:

 

Additional parts of a point are given for the following:

  • 0,5 if a student revises study subjects at hosting university, composes study plan, uploads it to DreamApply and submits together with online application;
  • 0,5 participation in LSMU Erasmus mentoring activities for at least two semesters;
  • 0,3 participation in Erasmus+ traineeship mobility for the first time;
  • 0,3 if a student intends to do an Erasmus+ traineeship in other country than his/her country of origin.



























SELECTION PROCEDURE:

1. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM, TILL 20 SEPTEMBER, 2020 

Apply online and please read the instructions for application carefully here: http://lsmu-outgoing.dreamapply.com/  

2. ERASMUS INTERVIEW, DURING 24 – 30 of SEPTEMBER, 2020

Motivation and communication skills of the candidates will be evaluated during interview with Erasmus commission.

3. FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAMINATION, 25 SEPTEMBER, 2020

International students do not need to sit an English language examination. Students who will be instructed in French or German language should take examinations (except native speakers or holders of language certificate B2 level and higher). Students who do not have final grade of professional language module should take an exam.

Exact time and place of language examination and Erasmus interview will be announced later.

More information about the Erasmus+ programme:

Erasmus+ studies: Eglė Vizbaraitė, room 127, phone: 327301; e-mail: egle.vizbaraite@lsmuni.lt;


Introducing Physiotherapy studies at LSMU


Although it may seem no good news have been coming lately but LSMU has got some bright news to share. The university has started a new Physiotherapy study programme. The Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree is a prestigious four-year programme positioned at the cutting edge of physiotherapy education.

physiotherapy2.jpg (376x240, 360x240)The study duration is 4 years during which students study professional and medical subjects. The studies have a very strong focus on clinical practice and students complete about 1296 hours of hands-on experience as a part of the studies in a number of Lithuanian hospitals, mostly at the largest Lithuanian hospital- Kauno klinikos. Students are taught by top-level lecturers with extensive clinical experience and well-known guest lecturers from foreign universities.

The study programme prepares highly qualified physiotherapists who are able to apply latest scientific achievements while treating patients who have experienced all kind of traumas and have musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, or pulmonary disorders.

This study programme has been a member of European Network of Physiotherapy in Higher Education since 2012. The diploma is recognized all over the Europe. Therefore, after the graduation you have all the possibilities to choose any country for your career pursuits.

Day by day the demand for highly qualified physiotherapists is rising. Many professionals work in hospitals, rehabilitations centres, family medicine centres, other pursue their careers in private sectors treating acute sport and accidental injuries, chronic pain, back and neck problems, etc.  The work of a physiotherapist requires qualities such as love for people, willingness to help them, ability to listen, as well as leadership qualities, constant pursuit of new professional knowledge, and ability to work in a team with other medical professionals. If you have these qualities or are determined to develop them, choose these studies.

For a final decision read what Erasmus exchange student Sara Vazquez says: “I felt like home, and also the hospital coordinator Inesa Rimdeikienė was very helpful. I'd totally recommend this university… everything went very smoothly” and then join our University.

Culture week


With this slogan we continue a very young, but ambitious project - LSMU Culture Week

This year's Culture Week will stand out in its way of operating - all activities will be carried out remotely. Many cultural activities were suspended or postponed this spring. We miss them so much, especially at this time, don’t we?

This stage provided more insights into untapped opportunities on how to unite the LSMU community, strengthen interrelationships, and foster creativity. We want to be closer to you and give more cultural spice to your daily life!

Therefore, we invite you to actively join the activities using not only Facebook, but also Teams and other programs.

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We want to live better and better, we tend to consume without thinking about the consequences. We forget the impact our behavior can have on natural resources. Resource conservation is first and foremost about sustainable use, saving them and by that reducing impact on the environment.

The most common arguments for our self-justification are that we live at an extremely fast pace of life and that we have too little information about other ways of using resources. So, this week we will provide information how YOU, by making small changes to your daily home and work environment, can make a significant contribution to saving resources.

More info about the event:

„Facebook“: https://bit.ly/3epNRjq.

„Microsoft Teams“ https://bit.ly/2xnqFSl.

Lsmuni.lt: https://bit.ly/2VrRcXB

Culture Week program:

Tuesday

The museum in your home! Exhibitions and presentations of LSMU museums started taking place,let’s meet in the museum of the Institute of Anatomy in a completely different way – in a virtual space: https://bit.ly/2YAdYyn.

Wednesday

We invite You to a bit different kind of LSMU community lunch! Our friend "Piliulė" offers you to try all sorts of dishes dedicated to Kultūros savaitė | Culture week, and you can ask it to be delivered straight to your home. Simply call by phone +370 684 31310 and ask what is on the menu today 

Also we announce a COMPETITION In order to feel the spirit of community, we ask you today and tomorrow (on May 6 and 7) to share a photo of your lunch, mood or environment on Facebook, sending it to us in a message, also on Instagram story (it is necessary to tag University's page), Don't forget the hashtag #LSMUpietūs – authors of the best photos are going to receive prizes – LSMU souvenirs. 

Thursday

During this year's Culture Week, a new project is launched – Cultural Film Evenings. With this project we will have an opportunity to see films that touch social, cultural, economic, and other spheres. After the movie, you will have an interesting discussion with the moderators. 

A Lithuanian doctor, priest and a war refugee Alexander Ferdinand Bendoraitis (1919 - 1998) resettles to the Amazonian jungle in the 1960’s and becomes a local hero: he establishes a boat-clinic network, the first jungle radio, starts the pacification of local indigenous tribes and builds the most modern hospital in Amazonia. However, as he gets involved in a brutal crime, countless fake narratives that he had created around himself begin to resurface. Festivals: Camden International Film Festival 2019 – World Premier Inconvenient Films 2019 – National Premiere.

Movie trailer : https://bit.ly/2RjSAcD. 

Watch movie online till Saturday 08.00 AM (password: LSMU) – https://bit.ly/2SAx2ZN.

On Friday at 12.30 PM join a live discussion  with Q&A session with a representative of the creative team.

In case of any questions, write us – kultura@lsmuni.lt.

 


Honorary Scholarship Competition


Students (the first and second cycles, and integrated studies, starting from the third semester) wishing to participate in the Honorary Scholarship Competition shall submit the following documents to the LSMU Student Representative (LSMU SA) until 6 April 2022:

1. An application letter to participate in the Honorary Scholarship Competition (addressed to the Rector);

Download at: http://www.lsmusa.lt/prasymai-seniunu-protokolai-bei-ju-pildymo-pavyzdziai-2/

2. A free-form Curriculum Vitae;

3. Documents proving active participation in student activities (certificates can be obtained from the heads of your organizations/centers) and/or the need for financial aid (students who have lost their parents (adoptive parents) or guardians, students with disabled parents (adoptive parents) or guardians, or students from large families);

4. Documents proving voluntary participation in the internationalization of the University, creation of a multicultural environment, as well as increasing of knowledge about the University abroad through continuous activities (certificates, attestations, recommendations of International Relations and Studies Centre etc. confirming the achieved results for the autumn semester of 2021/2022).

5. Other documents proving the achievements of a student.

Documents certifying grade point average (GPA) will be booked for all students who had applied for the honorary scholarship (students will not need to apply at the Dean’s office for the certificates).

NOTE:

  1. GPA shall not be lower than 8.
  2. The scholarship shall not be awarded to students who had already been awarded a scholarship from other funds in year 2021/2022.

The submitted documents must be compiled into one document saved in PDF format, the title of which must include the Name, Surname, Faculty (abbreviated) and course (year).

Documents shall be submitted via e-mails: socialinis.komitetas@lsmusa.lt and info@lsmusa.lt

Should you not get a response within 24 hours that the documents have been received, please call +37065603500 or write to the LSMU SA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LSMUSA/?ref=bookmarks.

If you have any questions regarding the preparation of the documents, please contact the LSMU Student Representative Office administrator at info@lsmusa.lt  or by phone +37065603500 and +37068141537.

The meeting of the Honorary Scholarship Committee will take place in distance mode via MS Teams platform on 12-13 April 2022 at 2.00 p.m. (Lithuanian time). Participation of applicants in the meeting of the Committee is obligatory.

The following scholarships will be awarded:

  1. LSMU honorary scholarship for achievements in developing the internationality of the University (for students who are actively involved and have achieved great results in the fields of increasing the internationality of LSMU, creating a multicultural environment, as well as growing the awareness of LSMU abroad);  
  2. Lithuanian Science Support Dr. Juozas and Birutė Skrinskai Fund (for students of the Faculty of Medicine);
  3. Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis Scholarship (for student of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Public Health);
  4. Juozas Olekas Scholarship (for a student of the Faculty of Medicine).
  5. JSC “Gintarinė Vaistinė” Scholarship (for student of the Faculty of Pharmacy)
  6. JSC “Camelia” Scholarship (for student of the Faculty of Pharmacy)
  7. Veterinary Pharmacy Association Scholarship (for a student of the Veterinary Medicine study programme at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine).
  8. JSC “Magnum Veterinarija” Scholarship (for a student of the Animal Science program at the Faculty of Animal Science and for a student of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

Candidates will be selected in 2022/2023 m. for the following nominal scholarships (the final decision will be made by the founders of the scholarships):

      9. Scholarship of the President of the Republic of Lithuania Kazys Grinius (for students of life sciences, health, veterinary sciences, agricultural sciences, sports study groups). IMPORTANT: the application must be accompanied by documents with information about the candidate's study results of the last two semesters, evaluation of the candidate's studies, scientific and / or artistic activities, indicating particularly good results of studies, scientific and / or artistic activities, student participation in competitions, expeditions, in student research practice projects.
     10. Scholarship of the President of the Republic of Lithuania Algirdas Brazauskas (for students of the study group of social sciences). IMPORTANT: the application must be accompanied by documents with information about the candidate's study results of the last two semesters, evaluation of the candidate's studies, scientific and / or artistic activities, indicating particularly good results of studies, scientific and / or artistic activities, student participation in competitions, expeditions, in student research practice projects.
     11.Birutė Petrikas Scholarship (for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students of the first cycle study program “Nursing” of the Faculty of Nursing, for 1st and 2nd year students of the second cycle study program “Nursing Leadership” and for 1st year students of “Advanced Nursing Practice”). IMPORTANT The founder's application form * with the requested information and attachments must be submitted upon request. * Inquire about the application form at the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Nursing.
     12. Dr. Juozas Brundza Scholarship (for students of the Veterinary Medicine study program). IMPORTANT The founder's application form * with the requested information and attachments must be submitted upon request. * Inquire about the questionnaire from the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

 

 

 

   

 


News!!! – the entrance exam waiver for several LSMU programmes


Applicants who apply for Health Psychology, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Pharmacy programmes and qualify to study at LSMU are not required to sit the entrance exam based on their school leaving certificate and transcript of grades. Applicants will be evaluated according to their school leaving exams.

The renewed admission procedure for these programmes involves a document review and a motivational interview.

Follow the link for application instructions and the list of documents that should be submitted online: https://lsmuni.lt/en/study-at-lsmu/degree-studies/admission/

Do not miss the chance to submit your application online for the desired programme on time by following this link: https://apply.lsmuni.lt

The first review of your submitted application will be completed and the feedback will be sent to you within 72 hours.

All the selected candidates will be invited to participate at the motivational interview which will be held online.

The criteria for the evaluation of the applicant’s motivation are as follow:

–        Achievements in academic activities;

–        Practice activities;

–        Motivation for studies and communication skills.

For more information: fstudent@lsmuni.lt


LSMU graduate - on the COVID-19 front lines


"Laisvės TV" features an interview with Pau Mateo - LSMU graduate who is currently working in an Italian hospital in the epicentre of COVID-19 in Europe.
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Information for LSMU students about Distance learning from 30 March, 2020


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Starting from 30 March, 2020, studies will be carried out remotely through the already tested and verified Moodle platform and MS Office Teams application. Other communication software may be used if necessary or in case of technical faults. Distance learning will be carried out until the end of quarantine in Lithuania.

Presently, a part of the courses that can be completed remotely has been planned. We will announce times for contact learning and practical classes at the University, as well as the scheduled exams, when the emergency situation in Lithuania improves.

Due to the uncertain epidemiological situation, we are currently unable to plan the end of the academic year; however, now, the University is considering an optimistic option to end the academic year on 30 June 2020.

It has been planned that during the scheduled Spring (Easter) holidays, on 14-19 April, the studies will be conducted according to the updated study timetable. The semester’s debt week will take place on 1-7 July.

If you do not complete practical part of learning this academic year, a part of it may be transferred to the next academic year.

Information about studies will be delivered via LSMU email and announced via LSMUSIS study timetables, therefore, it is very important to have active logins to LSMUSIS and regularly check for updates.

ACADEMIC INFORMATION ABOUT DISTANCE LEARNING

Information about the organisation of spring semester 2019/2020:

-        Distance learning will be performed during before planned period of Spring Holidays (14-19 April).

-        Spring semester will end on 30 June.

-        Spring semester’s academic debt week will be on 1-7 July, 2020.

-        Academic year academic debt week will be on 25-31 August, 2020.

DISTANCE LEARNING TIMETABLES

In order to join distance learning successfully, you will need:

-        Reliable Internet connection;

-        A computer or a tablet (it is recommended to have a backup device if possible)

-        Headphones;

-        External microphone (if not integrated in your device);

-        Cameras (if instructed so by the lecturer);

For effective communication, all students must use an email appointed by LSMU: firstname.lastname@stud.lsmu.lt. Follow here for instructions

Distance learning timetables for study programmes are available here

The study timetable will divide the classes into two types:

  1. remote (asynchronous) sessions, i.e., classes when a direct contact with the lecturer is not involved; the lecturer will be available to answer any questions related to the specific session within 48 hours;
  2. live streaming (synchronous) sessions, i.e., classes when a lecturer gives a lecture, conducts tutorials or other activities for students and is available during the online class.

THE GUIDELINES FOR DISTANCE LEARNING

For detailed instructions on how to use the Moodle system for distance learning, see: Moodle, MS Teams 

Details on the distance learning process (attendance, retaking exams, etc.) are provided in the “Provisional Procedure of the Organization of Distance Learning at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences During the Quarantine Period” 

Distance learning at the University is coordinated by the Department of Innovative Education at the Study Centre. Contacts 

What is distance learning?

What is distance learning?

This is a learning method that uses a virtual learning environment, where lecturers provide students/listeners with specific study information, leaning material packages, mid-term assignments, examinations, organize contact distance learning sessions and other learning activities.

What is distance education/learning?

This is a consistent, individual or group education/learning, with distance and/or time between learners and the lecturer, while communication and cooperation, learning materials are provided via information and communication technologies.

What is remote contact work time?

This is the time when students interact with the lecturer in a synchronous (classes take place directly communicating with the lecturer) or asynchronous way (indirect liaison with the lecturer) by means of digital technologies. In distance learning, the time given for contact work is used in a distance learning environment.

What is the form of taking tests/exams during distance learning?

 Intermediate or final tests, or if needed, exams can be conducted remotely per one login session. If during the test a student has disconnected for technical faults, he/she has a right to repeat the test once more according to the set procedure of the department.

What if I miss a synchronous class?

If a student has missed a synchronous class, he/she has a possibility to conveniently review the record and must report according to the set procedure of the department (participation in synchronous (live broadcast) classes, tutored activities or practice works is mandatory).

How do I reach the department or lecturer if I have questions about the material of the subject/module?

If you need to contact the lecturer or the department, please use the email address appointed to teacher by the university. Contact search form.


Holiday period at LSMU due to coronavirus risk


Dear students,

Considering the risks of coronavirus, it has been decided from March 13th holiday period is going to start taking place at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU), which will last until March 27th (included). This condition applies to all the LSMU students, including interns of clinical medical practice, also academic part of residency.  

From tomorrow, March 13th, there will be no classes regarding theoretical or practical study subjects, all the exams are canceled too. Residets with employment agreements are going to continue working.

All the newest information regarding study process at LSMU to be updated ASAP.


LSMU Graduate from Israel Met the Students


At the end of February LSMU graduate from Israel Oren Kessous visited Kaunas and the University after sixteen years. Orren Kessous finished the University in 2004 and owns a private odontology clinic in Israel at present.

The representatives of the LSMU International Rrelations and Study Centre met the graduate, showed the changed Central building of the University, told him about the University and the studies currently offered to international students.

Oren Kessous also met his lecturers - Odontology Faculty Dean prof. Ričardas Kubilius and prof. Alvydas Gleiznys. The graduate learned about the postgraduate fellowships and visited the renovated Department of Prosthodontics.

Oren Kessous invited the present students of odontology to meet with him. He shared his memories of the studies, talked about his professional activity after the graduation. The studens had many questions and were happy with the meeting. It is pleasing that graduate Oren Kessous agreed to consult the students later, delivering the information about the requirements in Israel for starting work after the University graduation.   


A brand-new discipline at LSMU - Clinical Health Psychology


20200304_clinicalhealthpsycho_fb2.png (regular, 500x500)A brand-new modern Master programme has been launched at LSMU. Clinical health psychology programme will be conducted in English language from 2020 fall. Two-year Clinical Health Psychology master programme is a specialized programme which combines clinical and health psychology teaching with research methods training and practice.

Clinical health psychology focuses on health promotion and wellbeing, managing illness and disability through psychological methods. Students learn psychological counselling and evaluation in various health disorders. In the programme settings, they can learn the interprofessional teamwork with other health care specialists.

Students have exclusive opportunities to choose the specialization and get deeper knowledge in psycho-oncology, neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, family and child psychology. The programme includes 400 hours of internship. Students can practice in Lithuania, abroad or their native country. Moreover, the semester might be spent abroad with the Erasmus+ exchange programme.

We have asked professor Nida Zemaitiene, Head of Health Psychology department, why students should choose Clinical health psychology studies at LSMU.  She said: “The interest in Clinical health psychology is growing, the specialists have realized that interdisciplinary and multifunctional education best reflects health care and patients demands. LSMU can offer an interdisciplinary education with specialized focus on one emerging clinical field.”  

The programme is prepared according to EuroPsy requirements. The graduate will be awarded a Master’s degree in Science, in Social Sciences, acknowledged in EU and other countries worldwide. Career opportunities of the LSMU graduate depend on the country where they want to work. The graduate is eligible to work as a psychologist or continue their studies in supervised practice according to national requirements.

Professors of Health Psychology department are looking forward to meeting their students. The most important and necessary requirement for a candidate to enter the new programme - the candidate needs to have a university bachelor’s degree in social sciences – psychology.


 

LAST CALL FOR ERASMUS EXCHANGE STUDIES in

LEBANON AND UKRAINE

FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2018-2019!

 

STUDY PLACE OFFER:

Country

University

Study places

Duration of studies (months)

Language

Faculty

Lebanon

Beirut Arab University

1

English

MF, OF

Ukraine

Bukovinian State Medical University

2

English

OF, FF

Ukraine

Uzhhorod National University 

2

5

English

OF, FF

Ukraine

National University of Pharmacy

2

5

English

FF

MF – Faculty of Medicine, OF – Faculty of Odontology, FF – Faculty of Pharmacy

 MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA:

- Average of grades at LSMU (not less than 7);

- Foreign language skills;

- Motivation for studying abroad;

- Communication skills. 

 ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA:

- compatibility of study programmes;

- active participation in Erasmus mentorship programme;

- first time Erasmus study mobility;

- Erasmus mobility to other country as the country of    origin.

 
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SELECTION PROCEDURE:

1. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM:

Fill in an online application form, which is available at http://lsmu-outgoing.dreamapply.com/

Deadline for submitting the application:      18 DECEMBER, 2018

                                                                       

2. ERASMUS INTERVIEW:

Interview date:  20 DECEMBER, 2018

Place: LSMU Central building, A. Mickevičiaus street 9, International Relations and Study Centre,

Room no. 126

 

More information:

http://lsmuni.lt/en/activities/exchange-studies/about-erasmus-programme/

https://www.facebook.com/ErasmusLSMU

Phone: +370 37 327209; E-mail: zaneta.dickute@lsmuni.lt

International Relations and Study Centre, A. Mickevičiaus g. 9, room 126.


LSMU Study Programmes Were Presented in the United Kingdom


International programme coordinator Rūta Antanaitienė and psychologist for the international students Jevgenij Razgulin from the LSMU International Relations and Study Centre visited London during 16-20 March 2017. They promoted LSMU study programmes during the Higher Education Fair, organized the entrance examination and visited the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Kingdom.

Studies at LSMU were presented at the Higher Education Fair ‘The Student World’. More than 40 educational institutions from different countries took part in the event. During the first day of the Fair, the LSMU representatives had meetings with career advisers, provided detailed information about the University and answered all their questions. Later on, career advisors are supposed to provide this information to the students of UK high schools. The LSMU representatives also attended the seminars that introduced the UK education market from a variety of viewpoints. The seminars provided more information about the expectations of prospective students and their parents and how to meet these expectations. Approximately one thousand prospective students visited the Fair and the LSMU booth was of great interest.

The entrance examination session was organized for prospective students whose applications were submitted for the academic year 2016/2017. The applicants were successful during the examination and they were invited to study Odontology at LSMU. The LSMU presentation was delivered after the examination and prospective students together with their parents were happy to get comprehensive information about the structure of University, study programmes and students’ life.

The LSMU Representatives visited the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Kingdom. Ambassador Ms. Asta Skaisgirytė and Embassy Minister Counsellor Ms. Natalija Bacevičienė gave a warm welcome to the University’s representatives. Activities of the International Relations and Study Centre, study problems of current and prospective students as well as new events at LSMU were discussed during the meeting. The Ambassador expressed her support for the international study programmes at LSMU and promised to share the information about the LSMU during her diplomatic meetings along the United Kingdom.  

 


Golden Autumn in Lithuanian Seaside With Erasmus+ Students And Mentors


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On the early Saturday morning of October 5, 70 people went to the most beautiful Lithuanian seaside of  the Curonian Spit National Park. What is really interesting that already in 1809, Wilhelm von Humboldt, a German scientist and Prussian minister of education, wrote: "The Curonian Spit is so distinctive that you must to see it as Italy or Spain, in order for the soul to have images of stunning beauty". Therefore, it is not surprising that at the end of 2000 the Curonian Spit was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a cultural landscape object.

Thus, foreign students and mentors full of curiosity started a two-day trip. The goal was  to visit not only the Curonian Spit National Park, but also the most famous port city in Lithuania, Klaipėda.

The first day was indeed a success. The day was beautiful, sunny and the rain overunned us, so we could enjoy every minute of the windy Curonian Spit.

The first stop was on the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante, surrounded by a variety of legends, myths and magical environment. The park has about 80 wooden sculptures telling a different story. Along with the accompanying stories, it was possible to get to the bright part of the park where famous fairy-tale characters like the giant Neringa stand, but also to the dark part of the park, where Lucifer, witches and devils, walk through the gates of hell.

The next stop was Dead Dunes. These are the longest dunes in Lithuania, covering an area of 1680 hectares. It is hard to believe that four villages called Nagliai were covered up in the sand here between 1675-1854. So climbing to the dunes for us showed a spectacular view that took away our breath – on the both sides we could see the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea.

Next stop – Nida. It is the largest and most popular city on the Curonian Spit with more than 200,000 holidaymakers each year. The spectacular view of the Curonian Lagoon, the authentic fishermens‘ houses  took once more our breath away! Later we came to Dune of Parnidis to admire the view of  Nida. It's a place, where you can observe sun clock where the sun goes down at any time of  the year. It is worth remembering that Dune of Parnidis was mentioned in Patricia  Schultz's book "1000 Places You Must See Before You Die". So this goal has already been fulfilledJ.

To end the of the day, we headed to the Baltic Sea. Here we watched in a silence and  wind  how sun sank from the clouds to the water. Later on we arrived in Klaipeda, where we had a chance to relax.

On the second day we had a tour around city of Klaipėda. We saw the largest port in Lithuania and the most famous ship and also a symbol of Klaipeda – Meridian. We  listened to stories about the famous chimney sweep sitting on the roof on the top of the Fishermen's Bar. It is said if you  rub a "chimney sweep‘s  button"  it will fulfill the most secret wishes...

After two memorable days we returned to our new home – Kaunas. This trip would not have been as memorable if we haven‘t had wonderful tour guide Rasa, who told so much wonderful stories. We also would like to thank to Agnė Jašauskaitė, International Programme Coordinator  of International Relations and Study Centre and Laura Novo, Mentor of Incoming Erasmus+ Students for taking care of us in every step of the way.

 Text: Aistė Koretkaitė, Mentor of Incoming Erasmus+ Students

Photos: Agnė Jašauskaitė, International Programme Coordinator


High number of prospective students from Israel is Expected to complement the international LSMU community


Prof. Julija Narbutaitė, vice-dean of the Faculty of Odontology; Rūta Antanaitienė and Žaneta Dičkutė, international programme coordinators; and Jevgenij Razgulin, psychologist of the international students; were visiting Tel-Aviv, Israel, during 26-29 April. During this visit, the LSMU representatives arranged two entrance examination sessions for the Israeli applicants. A total of 50 applicants sat the test of biology and chemistry and had interviews with the LSMU representatives. The first-day candidates were registered for the test by pre-med training company ‘Medical Doctor International Studies’ and the second-day examination session was arranged for the candidates registered by LSMU alumnus Dr. Philip Perlov. The prospective students showed good knowledge during the test, and 34 applicants were invited to study general medicine, 5 – odontology and 4 – veterinary medicine. Some students hardly stopped their tears of happiness when were offered a study place. The students have heard a lot of positive reviews about LSMU and wanted to join their friends and relatives who are already studying at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.  

Presentation about LSMU and its study programmes, international students’ support facilities, Kaunas and Lithuania was given for the audience, too. Prof. Julija Narbutaitė also presented detailed information about the odontology study programme at LSMU. The LSMU representatives answered questions about the academic and practical students’ life at the University. Some prospective students had good knowledge about our country as they have already been in Lithuania. Other candidates are planning to visit Lithuania and the University during the Open Days, which are organized by the International Relations and Study Centre.

Cooperation between LSMU and ‘Medical Doctor International Studies’ was discussed during the meeting with Dr. Moshe Cohen, the head of the company. On the last day of the visit, the LSMU representatives met the parents of students who already are studying at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and discussed the running issues.  

This visit to Israel was very successful and we would like to believe that students from Israel who were offered a study place will arrive to Lithuania and will join the rapidly growing multicultural academic community of LSMU.


A new group of Israeli students successfully passed the entrance test


On 26-30 March Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) International Relations and Study Centre Coordinators Aušra Surantienė and Aušra Dapkevičienė visited Tel Aviv (Israel) to organize entrance exams and meet the graduates of LSMU.

They visited Overseas Medical Education School managed by CEO Shahar Geva and based in Tel Aviv on 27 March. Eight school graduates were invited to study at LSMU: 6 students chose Medicine studies, 1 chose Odontology, 1 chose Veterinary Medicine. Some of the graduates have already visited our campus on February and were very pleasantly surprised by LSMU facilities which helped them choose LSMU. They also made a presentation about LSMU to current students of Overseas Medical Education who hopefully will become our students in the nearest future.

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Coordinators Aušra Surantienė and Aušra Dapkevičienė also organized the entrance examination in Biology and Chemistry for applicants of ELOR agency in Tel Aviv (Israel) on 29 March. Four applicants have successfully completed the exam and after a motivational interview 3 of them were offered to study Medicine, 1 applicant chose studies of Veterinary medicine at LSMU.

The LSMU representatives also met LSMU graduates Philip Perlov and Natali Babayev to discuss future cooperation with the University. Philip Perlov graduated from LSMU in 2014 and has a successful career of an anesthiologist in Beilinson Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel. Natali has graduated in 2018 and works as a pharmacist in a pharmacy in the city of Ashdod. She shared positive memories about the university and is very satisfied with her career.

Text&photo: Aušra Dapkevičienė


Knowledge of Those Across the Globe Meets Success


Entrance exams are a required step in education systems all around the world. Lithuanian University of Health Sciences use entrance exams to determine whether students are qualified for admittance to the University. Often, a great deal of pressure is put on students to do well on entrance exams. For many students, entrance exams would make or break their university dreams.

LSMU International Study and Relation Centre representatives Agnė Jašauskaitė and Ingrida Inčiūrienė traveled to Dubai (the United Arab Emirates) to organise the entrance exam and check the knowledge of registered applicants. After tests and interviews 8 offers for studies at LSMU have been given in for several prospective students in the fields of: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Odontology and Health Psychology. Congratulations for making your University dreams come true!  We are waiting for you to join our University academic community!

Passing the entrance exam of young people chosen college is already an achievement by itself. Grabbing an offer and getting enrolled at LSMU is an accomplishment anyone would be very proud of. 

Text&photos by Agnė Jašauskaitė


LSMU studies presented in Kiev, Ukraine


With the aim to expand the geography of international collaboration, representatives of the International Relations and Study Center Laura Sapranavičiūtė-Zabazlajeva, Head of the Division of International Studies, and Jevgenij Razgulin, psychologist for international students, had visited Kiev, Ukraine, on March 11-13.  The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences was presented in the Begin Edu Fairs in Kiev on March 12. More than 800 participants visited this International Fair in Kiev. Prospective students, their parents and representatives of the recruitment agencies visited the LSMU desk and were consulted about the study programmes, accommodation and students' support system provided by LSMU.

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During the Fair, three recruiting companies showed their interest to work with LSMU. The representatives of LSMU had also visited the biggest students' recruitment agency in Ukraine -“Studies.UA” which is now representing the LSMU in Ukraine. During the meeting, representatives presented University and discussed ideas for the future collaboration. Ukraine is close country with many connections with Lithuania so we are looking forward to meet more Ukrainian students studying at LSMU. 

Text & photo: Jevgenij Razgulin


The first Pre-Medical course cycle just finished


The first Pre-Medical course cycle just finished and graduates were awarded with certificates of completed courses. Students intensively studied biology and chemistry for 11 weeks. In the beginning of the course they had a day of Introduction to University and University Campus visit with the mentors. In the end of the course students had a final exam. All participants passed the exam and were invited to study in LSMU from September 2019. One participant was invited to study Medicine, one – Veterinary Medicine, one – Pharmacy and one – Nursing, according to the students wishes. Happy to announce that LSMU students’ community complemented with four students who firstly finished Pre-Medical course at LSMU.

According to successful experience and growing interest LSMU invites students to the Pre-medical course in LSMU in fall. Courses starts at October 7. 

More information about Pre-medical course: http://www.lsmuni.lt/en/activities/degree-studies/pre-medical-course/.

Register here: https://apply.lsmuni.lt/courses/course/159-premedical-course.

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European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) has approved the membership of LSMU


We are proud to announce that the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) has approved the membership of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences on the 21st of February. The alliance is one of the largest global platforms, connecting bussiness, investors, public sector, scientists and non governmental organizations. The Alliance is under close coopertaion with the European Commisssion, national and regional gvernments and influential worldwide organizations.

ECHAlliance encourages states, cities and regions to crete digital health ecosystems in order to respond various healthcare challenges. 

With the assistance of ECHAlliance succesful ecosystems are operating in Greece, Belgium, Spain, Chech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, UK, US, Canada, France, Poland and Slovenia.

Participation in the alliance will definitely strenghen international collaboration of LSMU in development and deployment of healthcare innovations.

More info:

Justina Januševičienė
justina.januseviciene@lsmuni.lt; Ph. No. +370 670 26450
Healthcare Innovation Development Center


Gender, Science and History of Science


Health Psychology Department of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences invites to the open lecture-seminar by visiting lecturer:

June 6, 2018 (Wednesday), 14:00 –18:00

Mònica Balltondre

Gender, Science and History of Science (from gender terminology up to challenges and limitations of the gender perspective).

Location:  Tilžės str. 18, Room 109 (the new building of the Public Health Faculty, LSMU).

Registration (obligatory; please indicate your name and institution):  https://bit.ly/2sgLZmC.

More information: psichologija@lsmuni.lt; +370 37 354087 Health Psychology Department, LSMU.

Mònica Balltondre is an associate professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Centre for History of Science Studies (CEHIC) in Spain. Her research interests are in History of Psychology, Gender, Spirituality and Early Modern subjectivities. She has been postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholar at the Federal University of Rio de Janerio, at the University of California, Berkeley (EEUU). Her extended research profile and main publications can be found at:

https://uab.academia.edu/monicaballtondre and https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Monica_Balltondre.


Turn your innovative idea into a budding business!


Do you have an innovative business idea and want to learn basic entrepreneurial skills? Open call for the most innovative healthcare (e-healthmedtechbiotechand food ideas! 

Get engaged with Europe’s largest thematic innovation networks, learn how to validate your business concept, develop your business plan and pitch your idea to future investors. 

Participate in Bootcamps in Europe and locallyYou will learn how to get started on building a business in a unique cross-industry environmenthow to build a teambusiness processesorganizational designThe primary focus is on quantitative business model building. At the end of the programgraduates will participate in the Grand final and will get a chance win 20 000 Eur. 

Apply now for the EIT Jumpstarter in Health and Food areas!  

Registrationgoo.gl/LWq8Vm. 

Or write to: Irina.semesko@lsmuni.lt. 

Apply till March 15, 2019.




Second year Medical students: opportunity to study in a mixed group


Dear students,

The Faculty of Medicine presents a new idea - Lithuanian and foreign students will have the opportunity to study in one group!

Students of more than 95 nationalities study at our university. They study and are taught in two languages: Lithuanian and English. The opportunity to study in the internationally formed group will be offered for second year students who will be starting their studies on the 1st of September this year. The group will only be taught in English and will have the same number of Lithuanian and foreign students.

Benefits of studying in this group:
1. Improve your professional English language skills.
2. Meet people of other cultures and nationalities.
3. Help each other learn and deepen the medical knowledge already acquired.

Do you think this is impossible? Let's try it all together. The shortest study period is one semester (half a year).
Interested? Please send requests by e-mail: ramune.masaityte@lsmuni.lt

Deadline: 13th of August

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Let's celebrate Christmas at LSMU!


More information: https://bit.ly/33bWyXM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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When?

February 5-6, from 14:30 till 17:00

Where?

Faculty of Pharmacy, Sukilėlių pr. 13, 203 room

Who can participate?

LSMU students and staff

What will be going on?

Come and learn about Erasmus programme, talk to former and incoming Erasmus students sharing their experience, have a cup of tea with Erasmus coordinators and ask all the questions you have at Erasmus Lounge.

P.S. All lectures and information will be in English.

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Estimation of Temporal Perception and its Experimental Study in Risk Sport Situations


Health Psychology Department of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences invites to the open lecture-seminar by visiting lecturer:

June 5, 2018 (Tuesday), 14:00–18:00

Judit Castellà

Estimation of Temporal Perception and its Experimental Study in Risk Sport Situations (the lecture includes practical experiment at class).

Registration (obligatory; please indicate your name and institution):  https://bit.ly/2sgLZmC

More information: psichologija@lsmuni.lt; +370 37 354087 Health Psychology Department, LSMU.

Judit Castellà is a PhD in Psychology, a researcher and lecturer of Cognitive Psychology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is currently carrying out field studies that link cognitive abilities and temporal perception with arousal and affective state in naturalistic environments such as risk sports. Judit Castellà has several publications in indexed journals in the field of cognitive psychology, has presented her studies in international meetings and collaborated at the University of York. Her extended research profile and main publications can be found at: https://uab.academia.edu/JuditCastellaMate and https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Judit_Castella2.


LSMU studies presented in London


During the visit to London on 16-21 March, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) international programme coordinators Laima Dobilienė and Milda Mankelevičienė promoted studies at the study fair and organised an entrance examination.

Institutions from thirteen countries presented their study programmes in the study fair in London. The study possibilities in Lithuania were presented by eight institutions together with Education Exchanges Support Foundation. Every year more and more UK students are leaving for studies abroad. In 2018 even 34 025 students decided to study in other countries (Source: Unesco).

It is pleasing that an LSMU Medical Faculty graduate Kamal Ragupathy agreed to take part in the study fair. Currently Kamal Ragupathy is working at Forestside Medical Practice as a general practitioner registrar (ST3).

Medicine, Odontology and Nursing study programmes received the greatest interest in the study fair. The University representatives gave all the interested exhaustive information about the University, study programmes and students' leisure activities, while the graduate kindly shared his memories about the studies and life in Lithuania with the young people and their parents. During the study fair, contacts with the UK agency “Global Studies” were established. The agency consults young people interested in studies abroad.

Seven applicants took part in the examination which was organized by the LSMU in London. 5 of them successfully passed and were invited to study in the LSMU Medicine and Nursing programmes.

Text&photos: Laima Dobilienė


Erasmus Days 2018


What?

Erasmus Days 2018

When?

7-8 February, from 14:30 to 17:00 (and longer…).

Where?

Centre of Modern Pharmaceutical and Health Technologies, Sukilėlių pr. 13, Floor 2.

Who can participate?

All members of LSMU academic community (students, teachers, staff) who are interested

in Erasmus programme opportunities and experiences at LSMU.

What are the activities?

We will:

inform you about the organisation of Erasmus activities at LSMU, application procedure, Erasmus study and traineeship possibilities abroad;

offer plenty interesting and useful lectures, presentations of Erasmus experience by former Erasmus students from different faculties;

invite you to the International Fair and discussions with Erasmus coordinators and students in Erasmus Cafe;

award the winners of Erasmus photo competition Best Erasmus moment”.

You will:

actively participate in the event and collect information about Erasmus exchange;

get a lot of useful information about the possibilities to become an Erasmus student;

have the opportunity to meet and interact with the former Erasmus students, incoming

Erasmus students and get the answer to your questions;

 

All lectures and presentations will be held in English.

 

No participation fee, free entrance – come and discover!


Parent Ambassador Programme at LSMU


Your daughter or son is studying at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU)? You want to be a member of 

the University community and to help others to know more about the University and life in Kaunas? Please join us – become a Parent Ambassador! You can help others by giving some advice and sharing your experience because choosing the right University and trusting your child to some new community is a very difficult step.

If your child is studying at the LSMU, it means you know a lot about universities and studies abroad. We are sure you have spent many hours trying to help your child to choose the University, to rent a flat and to buy proper clothes for Lithuanian weather. Would you like to make this process easier for parents of newcomers? This is the way - we need YOU as a PARENT AMBASSADOR.

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What do Parents Ambassadors do?

  • Volunteer in the events at the University and at home country
  • Connect with other LSMU students' families
  • Help prospective students and their families to know more about the University and life abroad
  • Improve the environment for students with new ideas

Bonuses of being a Parent Ambassador:

  • Huge respect
  • Satisfaction in helping others
  • Possibility to meet your child more often
  • Making students' life easier
  • Karma points


If you wish to become a Parent Ambassador, please register here http://bit.ly/ParentAmbassadorForm


Gifted students from Ireland for the jubilee of the state


In the middle of February, the representatives of the International Relations and Study Center (TRSC) of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) - psychologist Jevgenij Razgulin and International Programme coordinator Agnė Jašauskaitė - visited Ireland, Dublin, where they attended the Higher Education Studies Fair organized by the DIFC Dublin International Foundation College and held an entrance exam to the LSMU, which was taken by 43 young people.

DIFC College Business Development Representative Tiago Barcelini Canhoto visited the LSMU in December 2017 and got acquainted with the University's base for science, infrastructure and studies. The representative also visited the LSMU hospital “Kaunas Clinics”, the Faculty of Pharmacy, the LSMU Medical Simulation Center and the library. During the visit, the opportunities and strategies of attracting new full time students to Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dentistry programs were discussed.

Our first visit to DIFC was very successful. At the Higher Education Studies Fair the psychologist Jevgenij Razgulin gave a presentation and introduced everyone with studies and opportunities at LSMU, academic life and leisure at the University. The University's representatives also organized a quiz for future students about Lithuanian culture and history. After the announcement, the LSMU desk was visited by a group of young people who were familiar with the LSMU, had found information on the LSMU website, and only wanted to get more information about the things which concerned them.

On February 16, when Lithuania celebrated the centenary of the restoration of the state of Lithuania, the representatives of LSMU organized an entrance exam. Out of the 43 applicants who applied for the entrance examination 37 received invitation to study at the LSMU. Such results indicate that future students who are attending preparatory courses are strongly and well prepared for the future studies. Despite the fact that some of the applicants had not completed the training course yet, they were able to get the excellent grades. During the motivational interviews, 26 young people were offered to study Medicine, 6 - Nursing, 3 - Dentistry and 2 - Pharmacy. We are glad, that there were students who chose to study Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry. For the young people who passed the entrance examination and have chosen these study programs, LSMU was the first choice among the possible universities.

The recent collaboration between the LSMU and the DIFC Dublin International Foundation College has already given remarkable results: promotion of such LSMU degree programs as Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry in Ireland and also it helped to increase student’s confidence in our University as an institution of high quality of education.


LSMU Study Programmes have been presented in Tel-Aviv


The Dean of the International Relations and Study Center Prof. Ingrida Janulevičienė and international programme coordinator Rūta Antanaitienė had visited Tel-Aviv, Israel, on January 9 – 14, 2020. The main task of the visit was to present study programmes of LSMU at the International Education Fair held by the University‘s partner „Medical Doctor International“. The annual Education Fair is usually held during the first weeks of January and year by year it becomes more popular between the young people of Israel. More than 300 of young people interested in biomedical studies abroad had gathered in the Fair‘s auditorium to listen for presentations done by the representatives of the Charles and Palacky Universities (Czeck Republic), Zagreb University (Croatia), Humanitas University (Italy), Vilnius University and Lithuanian University of  Health Sciences. Professor Ingrida Janulevičienė had made an impressive overview on the study programmes taught in English at LSMU, highlighted the quality and specifics of teaching methods, mentioned the academic and psychological assistance given to the international students, and invited young people to join  a great community of Jewish students studying at the University now. The invitation worked: the stand of LSMU has been crowded for hours. University‘s representatives are thankful for alumni Dudu Jagudaev and Ariel Krutouz, who took part at the  University‘s stand and answered the questions of future students and their parents.

The most important criteria of LSMU admission is the Entrance Test. So, after the Education Fair University‘s representatives had arranged two examination sessions: one at the office of „Medical Doctor International Academy“ where the group of 40 applicants appeared to sit the test and the second session has been arranged for the individual applicants and the group of applicants recruited by the University‘s representative Philip Perlov (total 13). Both examination sessions were successful at least for the half of applicants and Offer Letters were issued to 22 students to study Medicine, to 5 students to study Odontology and one for the Veterinary Medicine. As we may realize from the results of entrance examinations, the most popular study programme between Israeli students is Medicine and only the best ones could be admitted at LSMU.

During the visit in Israel representatives of the International Relations and Study Center had met the Lithuanian Ambassador to Israel Mrs. Lina Antanavičienė and principal staff of the Embassy. The most common problems and future cooperation perspectives to secure the fluent recruitment of international students have been considered during the meeting at the Embassy.

International students amount to 18 percent of all LSMU students and each year the number increases. LSMU is increasingly being chosen as an attractive destination to study Medicine and Veterinary medicine by students, who are coming from over 65 various countries and Israel is the top country. The important mission of University academic staff is to ensure students’ supportive environment for education and leisure. One of the main goals is to provide high quality studies and education with possibilities to practice in any country worldwide. The experience of students is very important for the University because their feedback and recommendations, fulfilment of parent expectations are the key for recruitment of new students.


Lithuanian AI technology holds Silicon Valley’s interest


Half a year was enough for young scientists of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) to get their developed technology recognized internationally.

Lithuanian scientists are developing an AI technology to help reduce physicians’ mechanical work they face on a daily basis, also to make different sorts of medical examinations more accurate. The novelty is firstly planned to be applied to automate the process of echocardiogram, and other fields of medicine later on.

The project was presented in many Lithuanian and international conferences and contests, also has attracted investors. One of the biggest achievements is 1st place in “Pioneer” contest of the Silicon Valley, in global and European ranking. Later this year, its representatives will have an opportunity to visit themselves Silicon Valley, where they are going to introduce the novelty to the Valley’s investors and look for potential partners.

The idea to create a unique technology first came to mind for Arnas Karužas, LSMU resident physician of cardiology, and his fellow Karolis Šablauskas, who currently works under AI development at Radbound University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.

At the moment the project is being developed by international startup “Ligence”. Developers’ team consists of medical specialists, also specialists with IT, neural network, project coordination, finance management and planning skills.

AI is not a big novelty anymore, however there are not too many successful AI products in medicine. “Our team is unique in a way that we automate the whole protocol of echocardiogram. Other companies and teams work with particular measurements or pathologies only”, says A. Karužas.


Numerous group of Israeli students successfully passed LSMU entrance exams


LSMU representatives, Laura Sapranavičiūtė – Zabazlajeva, the Head of Division of International Studies, and Kristina Kavaliauskaitė, International Programme Coordinator (International Relations and Study Centre), have visited Tel Aviv on April 29 – May 3, where they organized two entrance exams for applicants, willing to study at LSMU in academic year 2019/2020. They have also visited LSMU Odontology programme graduate, one of the owners of „Topaz Dental Center“. Agadi Yakov, who is now a maxillofacial surgeon, introduced the staff and activities of the clinic and shared his experience during studies and living in Kaunas, which was video-recorded and later will be presented to potential LSMU students.

Entrance exam and motivation interviews for the applicants of „ELOR“ agency took place on the 30th April. 18 candidates participated in the exam, 14 of them willing to enter Medicine study programme, the rest – Odontology. Candidates and their parents had a possibility to communicate with LSMU graduates and get their questions answered. Seven applicants successfully passed the entrance exam and got offers to study at LSMU: 6 to study programme “Medicine” and 1 to “Odontology”. Those, who failed the exam for the first time, were encouraged to retake it in the end of June.

On May 1st, 52 applicants of agency „Medical Doctor International“ have participated in entrance exam and motivational interviews. 37 youngsters have successfully passed the entrance exam and got offers to study at LSMU – 35 to study programme “Medicine” and 2 – to study programme “Odontology”.

The presentations about LSMU were held after the examinations, where prospective students were introduced to the structure of the University, study programmes and students’ life in Kaunas.

text & photos: Kristina Kavaliauskaitė, International programme coordinator

A few moments from the entrance examinations:

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Entrance examination in Tel-Aviv


Rūta Antanaitienė and Aušra Surantienė, International Programme Coordinators had visited Tel-Aviv, Israel, during April 22-25. LSMU’s representatives arranged two entrance examination sessions for the Israeli applicants. A total of 50 applicants sat the test of Biology and Chemistry and had interviews with the LSMU’s representatives. The first-day applicants were registered for the test by pre-med training company ‘Medical Doctor International Studies’ and the second-day examination session was arranged for the applicants registered by another pre-med training company ‘Overseas Medical Education’ Dr. Shahar Geva and LSMU alumnus Dr. Philip Perlov. All prospective students had good knowledge and 40 applicants were invited to study Medicine, 2 – Odontology and 1 – Veterinary Medicine. Some students hardly stopped their tears of happiness when were offered a study place at LSMU. Students have heard a lot of positive reviews about LSMU and wanted to join their friends and relatives who are already studying at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.  

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Presentation about LSMU and its study programmes, international students’ support facilities, Kaunas and Lithuania was given for the audience, too. The LSMU’s representatives answered questions about the academic and practical students’ life at the University. Some prospective students had good knowledge about our country as they have been already in Lithuania. Other applicants are planning to visit Lithuania and the University during the Open Days, which are organized by the International Relations and Study Centre.

Cooperation between LSMU and ‘Medical Doctor International Studies’ was discussed during the meeting with Dr. Moshe Cohen, the head of the company. On the last day of the visit, the LSMU representatives met the parents of students who already are studying at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and discussed the running issues.  

This visit to Israel was very successful and we would like to believe that students from Israel who were offered a study place will arrive to Lithuania and will join the rapidly growing multicultural academic community of LSMU.


All about studies at LSMU – in Higher Education Fair in Dublin


LSMU representatives participated in annual Higher Education Fair, organized by Dublin International Foundation College (hereinafter – DIFC) on the 14th February 2019. About 30 educational institutions from United Kingdom and Ireland took part in the event, among them LSMU was the only institution outside these countries. The main goal was to provide DIFC students opportunity to communicate directly with the representatives of universities, to know better application requirements and supply more information on studies abroad.

During the Fair at LSMU stand participants were interested in entrance exam to LSMU requirements, how to prepare better for studies. They could get the newest informational brochures about university infrastructure and study programmes, LSMU souvenirs.   

LSMU representatives have been given opportunity to do university presentation for DIFC students. International program coordinator Kristina Kavaliauskaitė has presented LSMU infrastructure, study programmes, student life to the participants of Higher Education Fair. International program coordinator Agnė Jašauskaitė ran the quiz about Lithuanian culture, traditions, which allowed participants get to know our country better from different perspectives. 

LSMU alumni – Martin Hashemi (Sweden) and Jinho Ahn (South Korea) – both graduates of Odontology faculty, who work and reside in Dublin now – have joined our team for the event. They have shared their experience and counselled prospective students during Higher Education Fair. Prospective students have actively communicated with our alumni, asking questions about study quality at LSMU, competences of the professors, microclimate in the groups, extra-curricular activities, psychological help and career opportunities after graduation.

Collaboration between LSMU and DIFC has proved already fruitful: the increase of awareness in Ireland of LSMU English-taught Medicine, Nursing, Odontology and Pharmacy study programmes; students trust our university and its study quality. On the 7th Of May the entrance exam to LSMU for DIFC applicants will take place, we hope that this visit will benefit for prospective students’ choices in the future.

 

Agnė Jašauskaitė and Kristina Kavaliauskaitė, international programme coordinators

 


Online Registration for Accommodation is Open


The first-year students may apply for accommodation in the LSMU hostel. A Housing Contract should be signed. The rent per month is as follows:

  • Small room (12 sq. m.) approx. 166-188 EUR;
  • Large room (18 sq. m.) approx. 192-219 EUR.

If two students share a room, each of them pays half of the rent. Rent payment should be paid at the beginning of the current month. The rent includes heating, water, power, internet connection and using of a common kitchen.

The photos of rooms and facilities in the University's hostel: 

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The University offers a limited number of places at the student hostel. Applications online have to be submitted from May 15 until June 30 following the link below. Once all reasonable applications for University’s accommodation have been collected, the Housing Department will consider the demand and  availability of vacant rooms. Allocation of accommodation will be based on actual student’s needs and reasoning provided in the application. If a student is offered a place in the University’s hostel, he/she will be informed personally by July 15.

Registration for University's accommodation online opens on May 15 and closes on June 30 
(press the link to open the LSMU Dormitory registration form)

Arrival details shall be provided one week before arrival by e-mail fstudent@lsmuni.lt

 

Apartment Rental


 

Students of the upper years are required to find accommodation in the city by themselves. Admission officers in the International Relations and Study Centre may assist students in the search for accommodation, i.e. renting a private-owned apartment in the city.

Apartments for rent are available in the city. Useful links of the real estate providing apartment rental are given below.
Note: Prices are given per month. Expenses for heating, electricity, gas and water are not included in the rent price.

 

Student House

http://www.solosociety.lt/

Student House is created for living and studying in active students community.

  • Private apartments with personal kitchen and bathroom.
  • Joint leisure, meditation, studying zones, big kitchens for friends and family dinner, fast Wi-Fi, laundry rooms with washers and dryers, gym hall, rooftop terrace with a view to Kaunas city center.
  • Various activities for students.
  • Save surrounding with 24/7 working administration and security.
  • Living without any problem – all taxes and utility fees (water, electricity, heating) included.

Contacts: Kestucio str. 36, Kaunas | +370 657 88805 | egle@etapasgroup.lt

 

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http://www.studentresidencehall.com
Student Residence Hall (SRH) is a 3-story elevator building that was fully renovated in 2015.
It is a first privately owned student accomodation hall in Kaunas.
Room prices are inclusive of all utilities.

 

http://www.city24.lt/  
Switch to ENG language. 
In the FAST SEARCH select: 
object: Flat 
type: Renting out 
community, town: Kaunas
Search>>
then:
sorting (descending/ascending): 
by price, 
by location, 
by time.

http://www.aruodas.lt/ 
Languages: English, Russian, Lithuanian
Directions:
Apartments for rent (Butų nuoma)
Savivaldybė: Kauno m. sav.
Gyvenvietė: Kauno m.
Ieškoti

http://www.skelbiu.lt/ 
Language: Lithuanian
Directions:
Nekilnojamasis turtas
Nuoma
mano miestas: Kaunas

 

REAL ESTATE AGENCIES IN KAUNAS:

Capital Kaunas
https://www.capital.lt/en
Savanorių pr. 241, Kaunas
Tel.: +370 (37) 787 776
Mob. Tel.: +37060449630
Email: kaunas@capital.lt

Ober-Haus Kaunas
https://www.ober-haus.lt/en
Kęstučio str. 68, 44305 Kaunas
Tel: +370 37 337 101
Email: kaunas@ober-haus.lt
Works I - V 9:00-18:00

Forto siena Kaunas
http://www.fortosiena.lt/en.htm
Utenos str.13, Kaunas, LT-50177
Tel. 8-37 330 311
Mob.Tel.: +370 687 03511
Email: info@fortosiena.lt;  kaunas@fortosiena.lt


Students presented LSMU in France and Finland


The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) students Emma Gonzales Mourier (France) and Alina Pugatcheva (Finland) met with high school students in their own countries at the end of January. They shared their experiences about the LSMU and the study programmes. Both students study veterinary medicine and participate actively in the LSMU Ambassador Programme.

The LSMU Ambassador Programme was introduced in 2016 and seeks to involve international students into a voluntary activity aiming at promotion of the LSMU in foreign countries. The information about the ambassadors and their contacts are provided in the LSMU website as well as it is spread during the presentations of the LSMU in various countries. The LSMU Ambassador Programme involves 17 international students from 11 countries. Ambassadors consult by e-mails those who are interested in studies at the LSMU and share their experience of studies and life in Lithuania, participate in the University “Open Days” and international study fairs.

A second-year student Emma Gonzales Mourier presented the LSMU at two schools in France. She shared her impressions of the newly gained experiences, “Thanks to the LSMU Ambassador Programme, I had an opportunity to tell French high school students about the study programmes at the LSMU. While this was an invaluable personal experience for me, it was also a great opportunity for the high school students to learn more about the LSMU and to think about their career choices. This experience boosted my self-confidence and, most importantly, I realized that I could contribute to making the dreams of young and motivated people come true.”

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A third-year student Alina Pugatcheva gave her presentation about the LSMU at the high school in Finland that she had graduated from. Alina was happy to share her memories about the meeting with high school community, “I prepared a detailed presentation about both the LSMU and the life in Kaunas in general because Finnish people do not know much about Lithuania. I recalled that a couple of years ago I also was a curious high school student yearning to learn more of what was going on beyond the borders of my home country. I was glad to be able to reply to the many questions of the students and tell them about the study programmes available at the LSMU. Everybody was very interested in finding out more, so I shared my knowledge with both the students and student coordinators. I was immensely happy about the opportunity to represent the LSMU in my homeland and I hope to continue doing this in the future!”

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Meeting with high school students was a new initiative undertaken by Emma Gonzales and Alina Pugatcheva. The LSMU is pleased with the activity done by the students and is looking forward to admitting more students from France and Finland.

Author: Laima Dobilienė, International Relations and Study Centre


LSMU studies presented in Sweden


January is the first month of LSMU entrance exams for those who wish to study health sciences and join our community. After a successful visit to Tel-Aviv, International Relations and Study Center staff is continuing their task – this time at Stockholm, Sweden.

During four days (25 – 28 of January) Aušra Surantienė and Eglė Vizbaraitė attended two exhibitions and organized two LSMU entrance exams.

The first exhibition was organized by “Eduplanet” that attracted many young people interested in LSMU study programmes. LSMU was one of the most popular universities there because of two special guests who joined us: LSMU Alumni Ahmad El Hage and current student Mustafe Adan.

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Ahmed graduated KMU (Kaunas University of Medicine) in 2006 and is working as a General Practitioner in Sweden. A long time had passed from his studies but we heard only good memories of his studies and life at LSMU and Kaunas. He still speaks Lithuanians language and has a lot of Lithuanian friends and patients that don’t let him forget our language.

Mustafe Adan is 3rd year Medicine student and a member of ICOSA. During his leisure time – he prepares educational videos, vlogs about specific topics related to Medicine. He is really glad about his choice to study at LSMU and wanted to share it with everyone interested in LSMU at the exhibition. Mustafe made a huge influence and also decided to help us during another exhibition too.

A lot of applicants, students and parents came to “MD study International” conference and exhibition. Each university made a short presentation about their institution and later were able to consult everyone in person. LSMU was the only university that offers the biggest variety of health sciences study programmes in English comparing with other universities: University of Zagreb, Humanitas University, Charles University and Palacký University Olomouc.

Both exhibitions were beneficial and prospect students expressed their wishes to study Medicine, Odontology and Veterinary Medicine.

Reviewing LSMU entrance exams during this visit, 23 participants were registered and 12 of them got offers to study Medicine (8), Odontology (3) and Veterinary Medicine (1) at LSMU. Majority of prospect students are working in healthcare sector or studying nursing at this moment and dream to become doctors. Also their relatives and friends are studying at LSMU that made an influence to choose Alma Mater.

Congratulations for new accepted students and we wish good luck for those who are preparing for LSMU entrance exams!

Text&photos: International Programme Coordinator Eglė Vizbaraitė

Prospective Spanish Students Wish to Study Medicine at LSMU


Gintarė Diliūnienė and Laima Dobilienė, international programme coordinators at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU), have recently organized the entrance examination and met with the agents in Alicante. They also introduced the University and study programmes to the Alicante Lithuanian community and met Mr. Dainius Šriubša, the adviser at the Consulate of the Republic of Lithuania in Valencia.

All Spanish students applied for the Medicine study programme. On 8 July, 6 applicants successfully passed the LSMU entrance examination and were invited to study from the autumn. Students’ recruitment to the University was discussed with the Spanish agents. During the meeting, study programmes in English other than Medicine were discussed in order to find out the demand of them in Spain.

The University representatives met the members of the Alicante Lithuanian community. The community has just started it activities and was happy to get more information about study possibilities in Lithuanian and English at LSMU. Mr. Dainius Šriubša also joined this meeting. During the meeting, collaboration possibilities between the University and the Consulate were discussed. Mr. Dainius Šriubša kindly agreed to share the information about the University on the Consulate website.


The contest INNOVATIONS FOR HEALTH 2018 has been extended


Good news for those who have not submitted their ideas for the contest INNOVATIONS FOR HEALTH 2018 yet. 

We inform You the deadline for the submission of your ideas for the contest INNOVATIONS FOR HEALTH 2018 has been extended till March 15th. 

 


LSMU Study Programmes Were Presented in Gothenburg


At the end of November, international programme coordinator Simona Černiauskienė, student -ambassador of Odontology faculty Donia Abd El Lattif and LSMU alumnus of Medicine faculty Awaz Hashim Bashir have participated at the annual study fair “Kunskap & Framtid” in Gothenburg.  

More than 100 universities/colleges, folk high schools, private training arrangers, advanced vocational training, agencies for studies abroad, authorities and associations from different countries took part in the event.

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University’s representatives have received a high interest from prospective students and their parents during the study fair. The majority were interested in the Odontology, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing programmes. Representatives not only met foreign students interested in studies at LSMU but Lithuanian students who have completed basic education in Sweden but will seek higher education at LSMU as well.

At the moment there are more than 230 students from Sweden who are studying at LSMU and we hope that this number will grow up significantly next year!


Second call for Erasmus+ traineeships in Jark Healthcare in summer 2018 (United Kingdom)


If you are 2nd – 6th year student from study programmes of Nursing, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Odontology, Public Health, Midwifery or Social work in Medicine– take an opportunity and become a care assistant in residential care home for elderly people.

Jark Healthcare is one of the UK’s leading health care staffing providers, and started its Summer Health care Internship Programme (“JarkSHIP”) over 7 years ago, with ever-increasing success.

The purpose of the 8-week placements is not only to earn money, but also to gain experience in a different health care system, improve one’s English, as placements are across a number of locations in Northern Ireland and England, with assistance to identify suitable, low-cost accommodation and ongoing training.

Registration for Erasmus+ to JARK Healthcare:

  • Submission of Erasmus+ online application til the  4th of April in Dream apply system.  Link to Dream apply: http://lsmu-outgoing.dreamapply.com/ . Once registered to the system, select “Erasmus+ Traineeships voluntary” and find active application for Jark Healthcare.
  • Participation in motivational interview which will be held on the 9th of April.  During the interview with university and Jark representatives, you will have possibility to demonstrate your motivation, English language knowledge and communication skills. The interviews will take place from 13 to 17 h., place and time will be specified. 

Main selection criteria:

  • Average of grades at LSMU – 7 and higher.
  • English language skills (min. B1 level).
  • Motivation and communication skills.

NB! Participants of these traineeships will receive zero Erasmus grants. 

PowerPoint presentation about Jark healthcare:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RGoYNWyV7tH3bgBQz8RYsFpaI4ovwkW_/view

Care assistant‘s job description:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XXc0thua4F8sWEm8kIWqtt7JO9Dhzx5X/view?usp=sharing

More information about the Erasmus+ programme is available on the webpage:

http://lsmuni.lt/en/activities/exchange-studies/about-erasmus-programme/
Phone: 8-37-327301;
e-mail: kristina.kavaliauskaite@lsmuni.lt (Erasmus+ traineeships).
International Relations and Study Centre, A. Mickevičiaus g. 9, room 127.


Dissemination of LSMU studies programmes in Kazakhstan


On October 3rd-13th Gintarė Diliūnienė, Head of Division of International Partnerships, and Živilė Kepežinskienė, International Programme Coordinator, from LSMU International Relations and Study Center have visited Kazakhstan and represented university in “International Education Fair 2019”, organized by “Bolashaq Development Fund”. The fair took place in several cities of Kazakhstan, LSMU representatives introduced wide range of international studies in Nur-Sultan and Almaty.

Over 200 institutions from all the world took part in the event. Main group of the fair visitors consisted of last school-year students and their parents. Young people of Kazakhstan were mostly interested in Medicine and Odontology studies programmes of LSMU. In Nur-Sultan studies of Psychology attracted attention of more future students, while in Almaty programme of Veterinary appeared to be more inviting for the young people. LSMU stand was also attended by the last year students of local universities, who were interested in possibilities to continue their studies in Lithuania. All of them were in detail informed about Post-Graduate Fellowship programme. Some of doctors to-be attending the fair were highly interested in options of PhD studies.

Simultaneously during the trip G.Diliūnienė and Ž.Kepežinskienė visited local university which successfully cooperates with LSMU. In Almaty a visit was paid to KazNMU, which presently is a strategic partner of LSMU. Several questions were discussed during the meeting, including aspects of implementation of strategic partnership, possibilities of academic mobilities in Erasmus+ project as well as guidelines for further collaboration.

G.Diliūnienė with a group of Lithuanian universities representatives participating in the event went to meet Darius Vitkauskas, General Council of Lithuanian Republic in Almaty. Great to mention, that our university’s work was considered as praiseworthy because of the greatest volume of activities with Kazakhstan’s institutions.

As in the most of international events, cooperation among colleagues took place also. Ž.Kepežinskienė established primary contacts with several universities from other countries in the context of Erasmus+ academic exchange:

CAMERINO UNIVERSITY (Italy) interested in cooperation with student exchange, programmes in English are available (odontology and other), eager to sign a contract;

MARMARA UNIVERSITY (Turkey) wishes to collaborate in staff exchange, offer work-shops in Orthopedic Surgery;

Kazakhstan National Agrarian University is greatly interested in “Erasmus+” mobility options;

BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY (Israel) also provides programmes in English, willing to exchange students, invites to participate in staff-weeks.

With confidence it may be stated that LSMU studies programmes for international students will attract some young people from Kazakhstan and they will travel to Lithuania for studies. And new contacts will be developed into a successful and fruitful cooperation in the nearest future.

text & photos: International Relations and Study Center


The Registration Week 2018


Dear Student,

We welcome you to the academic community of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU).

Please, take the final step by going online and visiting our website:

https://goo.gl/forms/ps9YmfwdnLMpkUhE2

in order to set up the day and time of your appointment for registering in person at the University.

THE REGISTRATION WEEK will take place at the LSMU Council Meeting Hall (room 117), Medical Academy of LSMU, on 23rd, 24th and from 27th to 31st of August.

Address: A. Mickevičiaus str. 9, Kaunas.

LIST OF DOCUMENTS TO BE PRESENTED:

  1. Legalized Matriculation Certificates, Transcripts of Grades (if necessary) in original;
  2. Two (2) hard copies of the signed Study Contract in original;
  3. Health Certificate (original);
  4. Passport/ID card;
  5. One passport type photo (white background);
  6. Legalized Criminal Record (required for application of Temporary Residence Permit and not applied for the EU citizens).

Important dates:

September 3rd – Celebration of the First Day of the New Academic Year, begins at 10am (time and location will be updated);

September 4th – Classes begin. Detailed timetables will be provided during the Registration Week.

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Erasmus+ Cooperation Agreement Signed between LSMU and Hiroshima University


An inter-institutional Erasmus+ cooperation agreement between the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) and Hiroshima University (HU, Japan) was signed in the LSMU on 27 September. Students and teachers exchange on both sides is planned in the agreement.

The agreement was signed by the LSMU Rector Prof. Remigijus Žaliūnas and the President of Hiroshima University (HU) Prof. Mitsuo Ochi.

The LSMU Chancellor of the Medical Academy, Prof. Daiva Rastenytė, the LSMU Vice-Rector for Clinical Medicine and Director General of the LSMU Hospital Prof. Renaldas Jurkevičius, the LSMU Vice-Rector for Studies Prof. Kęstutis Petrikonis, LSMU Dean of the International Relations and Study Centre Prof. Ingrida Janulevičienė, Hiroshima University International Office representative Mr. Hiroaki Korekuni and Kumamoto University Director at the Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics Prof. Ryuichi Nishinakamuraalso took part in the meeting.

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Photo: Liudas Andriušis       
   

Contacts in the fields of scientific and clinical activities between the LSMU and Japanese universities have been fostered for a number of years – mutual scientific projects have been submitted to Lithuanian Council of Science (LMT), the LSMU Vice-Rector for Science Prof. Vaiva Lesauskaitė has attended Japanese universities with a group of scientists several times, in 2017 a scientist from the LSMU Nephrology Clinic Agnė Gryguc went on an internship in the area of regenerative medicine to Kumamoto University.

Close and purposeful cooperation with Hiroshima University began in May, 2017 when the President of this higher educational institution and the Vice-President for international relations visited the LSMU.  During the visit, there were meetings with the LSMU Rector and the administration of the Clinics, the deputies from the specialized clinics. The guests got acquainted with the LSMU, Kaunas Clinics and Santaka valley facilities as well as with the modern Trauma and Emergency Centre.

A responsive visit of the LSMU delegation took place in October, 2017. During the visit, a cooperation agreement between the LSMU and HU was signed. It was agreed to exchange the knowledge of studies and science, implement scientific projects, exchange of students, teachers and scientists. Mutual strategic scientific directions were specified as well as prospects of the exchange of integral studies students and PhD students were set.

The inter-institutional Erasmus + cooperation agreement already envisages specific actions of the two higher education institutions and the number of teachers and students participating in the exchange programme. The first students seeking for improvement will be able to go starting with the next academic year – Erasmus+ financial support is provided for one student from Hiroshima University and two LSMU students going to this university.

Laima Dobilienė
International Programme Coordinator


Freshers’ Camp 2019


This year, the Freshers’ Camp started on a rainy Friday, but the weather did not keep the participants from coming to Guosta and enjoying their first activities.

After arriving and unpacking, the team building games got drowned in a rain shower and were simply continued in the assembly hall. And yet, the most determined participants managed to race with their legs bound to each other’s in the pouring rain or add some tomato juice to the water on their shirts during everyone’s favourite team building activity – the famous tomato juice game.

At dinner time, the murderer game made its first appearance and the participants got caught up in the excitement of finding out who kept adding names to the board of the dead. Wild suspicions were made on Saturday and even Sunday, but in the end the team of murderers was the stronger one and won the game.

Friday night was all about brains. How much do you know about the oceans? And do you listen to some good old classics or are you more into the newer tunes?

Old or new, the music was on after the Brain Wars and we danced through the night. For those who needed a break from dancing and preferred singing there was a campfire, including a guitar and some real campfire legends. “Country roads, take me home” could be heard on the grounds of Guosta and the light of the fire could be seen until it was early morning.

So early that it was almost wake up time. The wake up team of the organizers had some special techniques in store to make sure that nobody would miss breakfast. Because who wouldn’t want pancakes?!

On Saturday, the participants got the chance to prove their abilities in the annual scavenger hunt. With only a few leads, the teams found their way through forests, deserts and water, climbed cliffs and danced on logs, went on an emotional rollercoaster with some of the most notorious villains of the Disney history and met the most precious souls on their journey to victory. Happy socks combined with bad taste clothing definitely are a thing now – just as much as surgery glove mascots and saying your phone number into a microphone.

After lunchtime, everyone had the chance to participate in the sports tournament or enjoy some free time. But our brave participants did not want free time – they wanted all the action! Although it was only around 15 degrees, some of the adrenalin loving members of our group decided that these were just the right conditions to play water ball. Rain or shine, they played throughout the evening and gave all they had to strike and win the match!

Others were sitting in the sun by the lake and added some guitar tunes to the game like a soundtrack and some just watched and enjoyed all the splashing and jumping around.

Saturday nights in Freshers’ Camp are known to be legendary – and so was this one. Participants challenged each other in famous Olympic disciplines such as ball twerking, orange pushing or banana oscillation. As a reward, there was another campfire and more guitar play as an alternative to the music and dancing going on around the assembly hall.

On Sunday, we parted again – after a truly special wake up call made by the entire organizing team and some of the participants bold enough to join.

The weekend of the 5th Freshers’ Camp was truly special and filled with laughter – for both the organizers and the participants. The addition of the water ball and some warmly welcomed visitors made the fun complete and the purpose of the Camp for our Freshers to connect and make friends who might stay for a lifetime was fulfilled.

We loved every one of those past five years and here is to many more!


Erasmus+ Traineeships How to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Scholarship?


Erasmus+ traineeships give opportunities to students from European countries to perform professional practice at the university, hospital, pharmacy or other enterprise in any European country, participating in the programme. All bachelor’s, master’s, PhD and residency students are eligible to carry out Erasmus+ traineeships!

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The participant selection for Erasmus+ traineeships mobility is planned on January – February of 2021. All students who would like to join this program will have to complete the participant’s application form at the virtual application space DreamApply. If the participant attached the document till the last day of application, which shows that the particular institution receives the student for Erasmus+ Traineeship, participant would get the additional point. Document should specify the:

  • Name and surname of participant;
  • Preliminary period of Traineeship;
  • Language, that the Traineeship will take place on.

This is the great possibility to increase your chance to get the Erasmus+ Grant. The number of mobility grants is limited!

You can search the institutions of your interest here:

Successful participation in the competition will allow students to leave for professional practice from 1st of June 2021 till 30th of September 2022.

For more information about Erasmus+ mobilities you can check: https://lsmuni.lt/en/activities/exchange-studies/about-erasmus-programme/

Got interested? Contact:

BRIGITA VINIKAITYTĖ

International Programme Coordinator

Division of Academic Mobility (room 124)

International Relations and Study Centre

A. Mickevičiaus g. 9, 44307 Kaunas

Phone: +370-37-395817

E-mail: brigita.vinikaityte@lsmu.lt


Nominal Scholarship Competition


The competition is open to the students of all faculties of the Medical Academy; students enrolled on the Veterinary Medicine degree programme at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Academy, and students of the Faculty of Animal Science; the President of the Republic of Lithuania Kazys Grinius Scholarship is awarded to the students enrolled on the degree programmes in the fields of life sciences, health sciences, veterinary sciences, agriculture sciences and sports

Students of the first and second cycles and students of integrated studies, starting with the third semester of their studies, wishing to participate in the Nominal Scholarship Competition must submit the following documents to the Student Council of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (address: A. Mickevičiaus g. 9, Kaunas or the post box No. 53, which is at the 0 floor, near the Career Centre), tel. (8-37) 327214, e-mail: info@lsmusa.lt) until 15 April 2019, 5 p.m.:

  1. A request to participate in the nominal scholarship competition (a request addressed to the Rector);
  2. A certificate, indicating the grade point average (GPA), approved by the Dean or a person appointed by the Dean;
  3. A free-form curriculum vitae;
  4. Documents supporting active participation in student activity and/or the need for support (students who have lost their parents (adoptive parents) or guardians, students with disabled parents (adoptive parents) or guardians, or students from large families);
  5. Other documents supporting the achievements of a student (copies).

NOTE:

  1. The grade point average (GPA) must be not lower than 8.
  2. The scholarship is not awarded to students who have already been awarded a scholarship from other funds in year 2018/2019.

The meeting of the Nominal Scholarship Commission will take place in the Rectorate meeting room, located in the central building (A. Mickevičiaus g. 9) of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, on 18 April 2019, 1 p.m.
Participation of applicants in the meeting of the Commission is compulsory.

 

The following scholarships will be awarded:

  1. Lithuanian Science Support Dr. Juozas and Birutė Skrinskai Fund (for students of the Faculty of Medicine);
  2. Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis Scholarship (for students of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Public Health);
  3. Veterinary Pharmacy Association Scholarship (for a student of the Veterinary Medicine study programme at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,);
  4. ‘Magnum Veterinarija’ Scholarship (for a student of the Veterinary Medicine study programme at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,).

Candidates will be selected for these nominal scholarships for year 2019/2020 (the final decision will be taken by the founders of the scholarships):

  1. President of the Republic of Lithuania Kazys Grinius Scholarship (for students enrolled on the degree programmes in the fields of life sciences, health sciences, veterinary sciences, agriculture sciences and sports). Note: together with the request, documents containing information on the candidate’s study results of the last two semesters, evaluation of candidate’s studies, scientific and/or artistic activities, student’s participation in competitions, expeditions, and scientific practice projects must be submitted.
  2. Birutė Petrikas Scholarship (for students enrolled on bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in the nursing field at the Faculty of Nursing, except for last-year students). Note: together with the request, an applicant must submit a completed scholarship founder’s form* with the requested information and annexes
    * Ask for a scholarship founder’s form at the Dean’s office.
  3. Juozas Brundza Scholarship (for students of the Veterinary Medicine study programme). Note: together with the request, an applicant must submit a completed scholarship founder’s form* with the requested information and annexes.
    *Ask for a scholarship founder’s form at the Dean’s office.
  4. Kaunas District Municipality Mayor Valerijus Makūnas Scholarship (for students of the Veterinary Medicine study programme and students of the Faculty of Animal Science who are residents of Kaunas district (shall submit a document confirming the place of residence)).

Celebration of Užgavėnės (Mardi Gras): Winter, Winter, Go Away!


In Lithuania, we call the holiday Užgavėnės which can be loosely translated into ‘Before fasting period’. The Lithuanian festival takes place during the seventh week before Easter and is marking the end of Winter. The celebration involves burning of Morė, an effigy of winter. It symbolizes the defeat of winter and it is made of various materials and has the vague shape of a woman.

The effect of the burning is tremendous 's elated people dance around the effigy and sing traditional songs. Not less important is a battle between Lašininis (“porky”) personifying winter and Kanapinis (“hempen man”) representing spring. Of course Kanapinis always wins! Devils, witches, goats, grim reaper and other characters appear in costumes during this celebration.

On February 22 this year, students, who weren’t afraid of windy weather, went to Open-Air Museum of Lithuania in Rumšiškės town - the capital of Užgavėnės and tried to scare winter away. Students were invited to dance entertaining folk dances, to make their own mask and to play traditional games like fighting with bags while standing on stumps, rope pulling, pots breaking blindfolded, riding with a trough, walking with stilts.

The most popular traditional food served during the festival is pancakes with various toppings. Užgavėnės also could be lovingly called pancake day by those with a sweet tooth. Everyone must eat loads of pancakes during this day to stay healthy and strong all year. Students had an opportunity to taste various pancakes which also symbolize the return of the sun because of their round shape.

During this festivity, there is a unique and authentic vibe in the air.  Užgavėnės is all about saying goodbye to the winter. All you need to know to join in is the words: ‘Žiema, žiema, bėk iš kiemo’ which mean ‘Winter, Winter, go away’.

 Text&photos: International Programme Coordinator Agnė Jašauskaitė

Apply for Erasmus+ studies of spring term 2018


Main selection criteria:

  • average of grades at LSMU (≥7).
  • foreign language skills.

 

Additional selection criteria:

  • compatibility of study programmes;
  • active participation in Erasmus+ mentorship programme;
  • first time Erasmus+ study mobility;
  • Erasmus+ mobility to other country as the country of origin. 

Important:

  • choose a host university only from Erasmus+ Partners list of spring term 2019 on LSMU web page.
  • review compatibility of the study programmes at LSMU and host university.
  • it is open for all study programmes and cycles students.
  • an apply for non – EU countries.

 

Selection procedure: 

1. Online application form till 1th of October  

 Apply online: http://lsmu-outgoing.dreamapply.com/.       

2.Foreign language examinationon 3rd of October

International students do not need to sit an English language examination. Students who will be instructed in French or German language should take examinations (except native speakers or language certificate B2).

3. Erasmus+ interview on 5th of October

Exact time and place of language examination and interview will be announced later.

 

More information about the Erasmus+ programme:

  • Webpage:

http://lsmuni.lt/en/activities/exchange-studies/about-erasmus-programme/

  • Facebook:

Erasmus+ LSMU

  • International Relations and Study Centre:

EU countries: Eglė Vizbaraitė; e-mail: egle.vizbaraite@lsmuni.lt ; phone: 327301; room 127.

Non – EU countries: Žaneta Dičkutė; e-mail: zaneta.dickute@lsmuni.lt; phone: 327209; room 126.


The popularity of LSMU is drastically increasing among Indian students


Assoc. Prof. Aurelija Blaževičienė, head of the department of Nursing and Care; Milda Mankelevičienė, international programme coordinator; and Jevgenij Razgulin, psychologist of the international students; were visiting Chennai and Kochi, India, from 18 to 24 July. During this visit, the LSMU representatives arranged four entrance examination sessions for Indian applicants. A total of 39 applicants sat the test of biology and chemistry and had interviews with the LSMU representatives. Of them, 34 applicants were invited to study at LSMU: 11, Nursing; 18, Master of Advanced Nursing Practice; 1, General Medicine; 2, Pharmacy; 1, Veterinary Medicine; and 1, Odontology.  

Presentation about LSMU and its study programmes, international students’ support services, Kaunas and Lithuania were given for the audience as well. Assoc. Prof. Aurelija Blaževičienė also presented detailed information about the Nursing and Advanced Nursing Practice study programmes at LSMU. The LSMU representatives answered questions about the academic and practical students’ life at the University. Further cooperation between LSMU and the Europe Study Centre, and new study programmes in English were discussed during the meetings with Mr. Abdul Razak, the head of this biggest student’s recruitment agency in India and Middle East and with members of his team.

This visit to India was very successful as Nursing and Advanced Nursing Practice programmes will be provided in the English language at LSMU for the first time in the history of the University. Also, after the successful campaign in India, the expected numbers of the Indian students at LSMU should increase twice in the next academic year and greater numbers of Indian students are expected to join different new study programmes at LSMU in the future.


Call for ERASMUS+ exchange studies in Lebanon and Ukraine for academic year 2018-2019!


 

 

 

 

 

STUDY PLACE OFFER:

Country

University

Study places

Duration of studies (months)

Language

Faculty

Lebanon

Beirut Arab University

1

English

MF

Ukraine

Bukovinian State Medical University

2

English

MF, OF, FF

Ukraina

Uzhhorod National University                         

2

5

English

MF, OF, FF

MF – Faculty of Medicine, OF – Faculty of Odontology, FF – Faculty of Pharmacy

 

MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA:

- Average of grades at LSMU (not less than 7);

- Foreign language skills;

- Motivation for studying abroad;

- Communication skills.

 

 

ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA:

- compatibility of study programmes;

- active participation in Erasmus mentorship programme;

- first time Erasmus study mobility;

- Erasmus mobility to other country as the country of    origin.

 

SELECTION PROCEDURE:

1. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM:

Fill in an online application form which is available at http://lsmu-outgoing.dreamapply.com/   

Deadline for submitting the application:      8 JULY, 2018

                                                                       

2. ERASMUS INTERVIEW:

Interview date:  9-12 JULY (Exact date will be announced).

Place: LSMU Central building, A. Mickevičiaus street 9, International Relations and Study Centre,

Room no. 126

 

More information about Erasmus programme:

http://lsmuni.lt/en/activities/exchange-studies/about-erasmus-programme/

https://www.facebook.com/ErasmusLSMU

Phone: +370 37 327209; E-mail: zaneta.dickute@lsmuni.lt

International Relations and Study Centre, A. Mickevičiaus g. 9, room 126.


After a long lasting artificial respiration and heart massage international students have saved a life of their study mate


On May 10-12, the traditional annual spring weekend trip to Palanga of LSMU international students was organized. This trip was organized in collaboration of the main LSMU international students’ organizations: mentors of the full time first year international students, ICOSA and LSMU ESN. Organizers were also supported by the study coordinators and psychologist of LSMU International Studies and Relations centre. 82 participants, mostly first-year and second-year LSMU full- time and Erasmus students, took part in this trip. Some of the organizers were from senior courses. The purpose of the trip was to bring together LSMU international students so that they would know each other better and could help each other when they face different challenges in Lithuania, far from their home, families and friends. Students participated in team – building activities and sport events. Participants also spent time at the seaside and on Saturday evening everybody had a dinner where all the students met and spent their time together.

Sunday morning started as usual, students were preparing for the day activities, but suddenly, at about 11 am the fifth year student’s Henoch’s heart stopped beating. He did not show any vital signs. Other students quickly called Ambulance, Samah Kamal Abbas and Sia Wejdan started making a heart massage. Second-year students Victoria Schegerer and Nick Delon also joined the resuscitation. Victoria had clinical experience since she has worked as a paramedic in Germany for several years before her studies at LSMU. She usually keeps an Ambu bag in her car, so she has asked her friend to bring it right away. Time was passing very slowly while waiting for the Ambulance. Students continued to ventilate lungs and perform heart massage for almost 15 minutes until the Ambulance arrived. When the defibrillator was connected, ventricular fibrillation was detected. Defibrillation was performed, followed by a relapse of heart activity and breathing, and after that the student was taken to the hospital. The other students helped paramedics upon their arrival and escorted their friend to the hospital.

The event in Palanga shocked not only the students who attended the event but also the entire community of the university. There were a lot of discussions among the witnesses of the event: whether everything was done properly and on time and if there would be any long-term consequences because after all, it took 15 minutes for the paramedics to arrive. It became easier when it became clear that Henoch was completely recovering. Since some of the doctors doubted the fact whether there was a total stop of the heart beating if the condition after was so good, more discussions arose. Dean of the International Relations and Study centre prof. I. Janulevičienė has organized the discussion at the Department of Emergency Medicine in Kaunas clinics, during which not only the questions of the students who participated were answered, but also their emotions were shared. Students also had the opportunity to meet a professional psychologist immediately after the event which is a common practice around the world. Stress and the challenges of saving another person’s life have a profound effect not only on the members of the society who rarely face it, but often even on the medical. Researches have shown that discussion after resuscitation not only has a positive impact on the psychological state of medical staff, but also improves the results of patients with cardiac arrest.

So what really happened that morning? The results of the Klaipėda Hospital audit confirmed that when the doctors arrived at the scene of the event, Henoch had no signs of life, and the defibrillator registered ventricular fibrillation that was successfully defibrillated. No doubt that the main life-saving actions were high quality heart massage and ventilation with a mask. High-band venticular fibrillation, registered by cardio monitor for 15 min. since the beginning of the resuscitation confirmed that students performing manual heart massage created sufficient blood circulation to protect the heart and brain from death.

What lessons do we have to learn after this event? First of all, sudden death can happen to anyone and we have to be prepared for that. Secondly, each member of our community should not only theoretically know, but also have to practice initial resuscitation: make deep and fast heart massage, effective air injections, and perform defibrillation with an automatic external defibrillator. Thirdly, every trained member of our society, whether a medical doctor or not, should join a network that has been established since this March and operates all over Lithuania. Anyone who has done trainings can download the mobile app "AED ALERT" on their mobile device and after registration he/she will get information from a dispatcher about a case of possible resuscitation in less than 750 m. away. The purpose of such network is to create a safer, empathetic and conscious community willing to help a person in distress.

img_4659.jpg (regular, 500x375)To show appreciation and gratitude of a community of LSMU Victoria, Nick, Sia and Samah have got the certificates of appreciation signed by the Rector of LSMU prof. Remigijus Žaliūnas during the meeting of LSMU senate. The students were awarded for their great awareness, prompt reaction, extraordinary service and accomplishment of a civic virtue, while saving life of a fellow student and for being an example for all other members of LSMU Community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henoch: I am very grateful to all my friends and peers, as well as to all doctors and nurses who have saved my life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria (II): I am very happy that the resuscitation was successful and Henoch returned to a normal life. I was sure we did everything possible in this situation, but I was worried about how such a long heart stop would affect Henoch's health. I`m proud of myself and my friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Nick (II): My life experience taught me to rely on the knowledge and skills which I gained during my studies. While I was doing it for the first time, I felt confident because I gained good initial resuscitation skills at the Department of Emergency Medicine in the first year. In the HLAB classes we had to deal with various resuscitation situations during the first aid course, and we had to resuscitate a mannequin many times. Good physical preparation and the skills gained during the resuscitation training course helped me to make high quality chest massage and to notice when the quality of that clicks became insufficient.

 

  

 

 

Sia (V): Good initial resuscitation skills are required not only for medical staff but also for every member of our society. However, people have more expectations for the doctors, so each student has to be particularly responsible for initial resuscitation skills from the first year. Not everyone understands this yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samah (V):  Recently completed module of "Intensive and Emergency Medicine" helped a lot. This course not only updated my initial resuscitation and specialized resuscitation skills, but I also learned that in similar situations you need to act quickly, because every minute is very important.


Young people from Ireland are looking forward to Studies at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences


On May 7, 2019, two representatives of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU), Head of International Partnerships Division Gintarė Diliūnienė and International Program Coordinator Rūta Antanaitienė conducted an entrance exam session at The Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC). Thirteen young people, who are currently enrolled in the foundation program at the DIFC, had applied to study at the LSMU and were invited to sit the entrance test. Regrettably not all applicants were adequately prepared and did not have enough knowledge to pass the test successfully – only six applicants received high enough scores and, having passed an interview, were offered the opportunity to study Medicine and Odontology at the LSMU. After the examination, the University representatives and the DIFC staff had a discussion on future steps for admission procedures, as well as the signing of the study contract, the procedure of applying for a Lithuanian visa, and other practical issues.

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The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences has been successfully cooperating with The Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC) for several years. The college has a one year study program for students from countries outside the EU which helps them to reach the education level needed for applying to major European universities. The LSMU held a presentation on their study programs taught in the English language during the Study Fair which was held by DIFC in Dublin in February, 2019. As a result, many DIFC students have since chosen to study Medicine and Odontology at the LSMU and have submitted their online applications.

Our University has a long-standing relationship of cooperation with the Lithuanian Embassy in Ireland. On May 8, Lithuanian Ambassador Egidijus Meilūnas received the LMSU representatives Rūta Antanaitienė and Gintarė Diliūnienė and discussed with them some current issues of cooperation in the fields of studies, scientific activities and clinical practice. His Excellency Egidijus Meilūnas noted that Ireland devotes much attention and funds to its health care system as well as active scientific research, especially in biosciences. For a number of years, with active participation of the Lithuanian Ministry of Health, close ties have been developing between Irish and Lithuanian health care institutions.

We would like to express our gratitude to the Lithuanian Embassy in Ireland for offering an opportunity to the local young people interested in Medical studies in Lithuania to meet with the representatives of the LMSU who held a presentation on the study program and answered all their pertinent questions. The representatives also conducted an entrance examination on the spot. We are pleased to note that applicants passed the exam showing good results and were offered openings for medical studies at the LSMU. We are also glad that two Irish Lithuanian girls will begin their studies in English at our University‘s Medical and Pharmacy Faculties in September. 

text: Rūta Antanaitienė / photos: Gintarė Diliūnienė


Letters of appreciation handed in to LSMU students for participation in voluntary activities


In 2018/2019 study year the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) students were actively involved in the voluntary activities coordinated by the LSMU International Relations and Study Centre. The students performed the functions of Ambassadors, Mentors and Academic Tutors.

International students who have become the LSMU ambassadors contribute to the promotion of the University in foreign countries. During the present study year, 24 ambassadors from sixteen countries shared their opinions about the studies and life in Lithuania with those interested in the LSMU. The ambassadors answered e-mails, met the people on the Open Days and at higher education fairs. In addition, the ambassadors visited schools in foreign countries to meet pupils and inform them about the study opportunities at the LSMU. Young people and their parents were happy to hear the information not only from the University representatives, but also from the present students.

Every year International Relations and Study Centre gathers a huge team of assistants (mentors), which involves LSMU full-time students. This study year 65 mentors assisted first year full-time students, while 56 mentors assisted Erasmus + students. Notably, the mentors were selected and passed special trainings. They found time and possibilities to share their goodwill and help with others. Every full-time freshman or Erasmus + student who has just arrived for partial studies or internship has a friend mentor, who helps the new student find their way to lectures, a dormitory, shows around the city, acquantains with the transport system, advises on daily questions or studies. In cooperation with other student organisations, mentors organise first year international students’ camp and trips to Druskininkai and Palanga.

9 academic tutors were constantly ready to help international students who encountered academic difficulties in 2018/2019 study year. Senior students conducted classes for the younger before the major examinations. During those classes, they gave advice on how to study one or another subject, what literature to use as well as they answered the students’ questions.

Active students were invited by International Relations and Study Centre to the excursion to The Open-Air Museum of Lithuania, which is one of the biggest ethnographic open-air museums in Europe with the abundance of unique exhibits. The students found out about life, work and traditions of the peasants and townspeople of all Lithuanian ethnographic regions (Dzūkija (Dainava), Aukštaitija (Highlands), Suvalkija (Sudovia), Žemaitija (Samogitia) and Lithuania Minor, as they looked at the end of the 18th century and the first half of the 20th century.

During the trip the students also discovered ancient games and played them. The LSMU representatives gave the students Letters of Appreciation for their help, effort, warm cooperation and invited them to continue the activities next study year.


Diplomas Awarded to Lifestyle Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Graduates at LSMU


The last day of calendar winter, 28 February, was special at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) – during the festive LSMU Senate’s meeting, Master diplomas were awarded to Lifestyle Medicine and Veterinary Medicine graduates. “This is a very important day for you and your family members, who entrusted you to our University. Along with the tremendous responsibility, it is a great honour for us”, - greeted the LSMU Senate’s Chairman, LSMU MA Cardiology Institute Director Prof. Rimantas Benetis.

The LSMU Veterinary Academy Chancellor Prof. Mindaugas Malakauskas congratulated the certified veterinary and lifestyle medicine specialists and pointed out that diplomas symbolize work and effort, invested in the University studies. “I believe that you will make Lithuania known and build it with your work, and you will not forget that your road to success began at the University”, - said Prof. Mindaugas Malakauskas. The Chancellor expressed a wish for a speciality not to become a frame which puts limits and encouraged to seek what the heart desires. 

The 28 February event of the diplomas award is special in the way that the first Lifestyle Medicine graduates finished the LSMU on that day.“Thank you for not being afraid and having chosen this entirely new study programme not only in Lithuania, but also in the whole Europe, and today you have become our first ambassadors. You have chosen a hard and responsible path, therefore, I wish you to continue persistently pursuing your goals”, - said the LSMU Public Health Faculty Dean Prof. Ramunė Kalėdienė greeting the first certified lifestyle medicine specialists. 

The new University graduates on the occasion of completing their studies were also congratulated by the Veterinary Faculty Dean Prof. Vita Riškevičienė. She agreed with Prof. Mindaugas Malakauskas saying that in their path of life they will have to escape from the inborn boundaries. “Your chosen profession is a gift of devotion to others. Be happy with this gift and share it with others”, - said Prof. Vita Riškevičienė to the participants of the event.

Apart from the University representatives, Members of the Parliament and politicians also congratulated the participants of the diplomas award event.

During the gala LSMU Senate’s meeting, Veterinary Medicine Master diplomas were awarded to the graduates of the Veterinary Faculty, and Lifestyle Medicine Master diplomas - to the graduates of the Public Health Faculty.

Moments of the diplomas award event can be found here: https://goo.gl/XnXQ2T.

 
 

Study Programs of LSMU presented in Tel Aviv


The LSMU team including Vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine Dr. Edita Mašanauskienė, Vice-dean of the Faculty of Odontology Prof. Julija Narbutaitė, International Project Coordinator Irina Semeško, International Programme Coordinators Rūta Antanaitienė and Agnė Jašauskaitė have visited Tel-Aviv on January 4th- 9th, 2018. LSMU representatives promoted study programmes during the two Education Fairs and accepted the entrance examination of prospective students.   

 LSMU recruitment agency Medical Doctor International Studies invited 36 applicants to sit the entrance examination and 28 of them successfully passed the test, 20 were accepted to study medicine, 5 were accepted to study Odontology and 3 were offered a study place in Veterinary Medicine. Two candidates registered by the LSMU alumnus Dr. Philip Perlov successfully passed the examination, too, and were offered a study place in the Faculty of Medicine.

International Project Coordinator Irina Semeško made a presentation about LSMU, study programmes taught in English, international students’ support facilities, Kaunas and Lithuania for the audience of the Education Fair organized by the agency Medical Doctor International Studies.LSMU‘s alumni: David Jagudaev, Natali Dinavitser, Ariel Krutouz, Anton Rosenthal and Ilan Vashurin took part in the fair and assisted the LSMU team greatly. They shared the foretime experience and described the study particularities at University, as well as living conditions in Lithuania.  

Prof. Julija Narbutaitė, Dr. Edita Mašanauskienė and Agnė Jašauskaitė made presentation about study programmes and students’ life  in the second Education  Fair organized by  agency Overseas Medical Education. Prof. Julija Narbutaitė gave an interview for the promotional video which would be shown for the prospective students on the agnecy‘s website and facebook. Both Education Fairs were well-attended – more than 400 prospective students and their parents had attended each fair and stands of LSMU were overcrowded all the time.

International Relations and Study Centre is satisfied by the visit results. We would like to believe that Israeli students will accept the Offer of study place and will start studies at University on the coming September.


The LSMU entrance exams took place in Madrid, Spain


On 12-15 April, LSMU representatives Laura Sapranavičiūtė-Zabazlajeva, Head of International Studies Division and Kęstutis Gasevičius, International programmes coordinator organized entrance examinations to University study programmes in Madrid, Spain. 6 applicants took part in the examination and 5 of them have been recruited by LSMU partner agency Donde-Estudiar Medicina (DEM).

Majority applied to the most popular medicine programme, and one girl - to veterinary medicine.  The test was used to examine the knowledge of biology and chemistry (30 questions each) and some applicants had to take English language test. As usual - it was more difficult for everyone to deal with chemistry tasks and after summing up the results and evaluating the motivational conversation, 3 exam participants were invited to study at LSMU.

Overall, all participants did pretty good job, but some lacked the right answers. Applicants who did not pass the exam were encouraged not to be disappointed, but to improve their knowledge and retake the exam on July 13 in Alicante. (for schedule changes, please, check this link: http://www.lsmuni.lt/en/study-at-lsmu/degree-studies/admission/)

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Erasmus Days 2019


What?

Erasmus Days 2019

When?

6-7 of February, from 14:30 to 17:00 (and longer…).

Where?

Centre of Modern Pharmaceutical and Health Technologies, Sukilėlių ave. 13, room 203.

Who can participate?

All members of LSMU academic community (students, teachers, staff) who are interested

in Erasmus programme opportunities and experiences at LSMU.

What are the activities?

We will:

  • inform you about the organization of Erasmus activities at LSMU, application procedure, Erasmus study and traineeship possibilities abroad;
  • offer plenty interesting and useful lectures, presentations of Erasmus experience by former Erasmus students from different faculties;
  • invite you to the International Fair and discussions with Erasmus coordinators and students in Erasmus Cafe;
  • award the winners of Erasmus photo competition ʺBest Erasmus momentʺ.

You will:

  • actively participate in the event and collect information about Erasmus exchange;
  • get a lot of useful information about the possibilities to become an Erasmus student;
  • have the opportunity to meet and interact with the former Erasmus students, incoming

Erasmus students and get the answer to your questions;

All lectures and presentations will be held in English.

No participation fee, free entrance – come and discover!


The Indian Summer With Incoming Erasmus+ Students and Their Mentors


On October 6th-7th about sixty people: Erasmus+ students and their mentors had opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful parts of Lithuania. Bus started its journey early in the morning from Kaunas. Heading west to the seaside, Klaipėda and Neringa.

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The first day was already marked with great success because of the sunny and warm weather. When we arrived in Neringa the first place we visited was Hill of Witches. Strange, mysterious place where pagan and folklore traditions come together in woodcarvings symposia with Lithuanian myths and fairy tales. After some kisses on witch’s tongue and finding our path to hell and from it, Nida was already waiting us. Students had opportunity to try local food, especially fresh fish from Curonian Lagoon. Later a short city tour and Parnidis dune took place. It is, without a doubt the most impressive and unique place, where you can see, when the sun rises out of the water in the morning and again sinks into the water in the evening. As soon as the sun started to go down, we were already in so-called ‘Lithuanian Sahara’. A sandy paradise, where the stunning view of red sunset took our breath away, even the wind blew silently there. Indian summer was on our side.

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When a day was moving to the end, we arrived in Klaipėda. Students had opportunity to relax or to continue the adventurous weekend in the city, full of entertaining places.

On Sunday morning, after amazing breakfast we started to discover Klaipėda. The city offered us a combination of ancient and modern, a little bit hipsterish, modern art places together old town atmosphere. Sightseeing tour around the city helped us understand, how historically close we are to each other. In the diverse city, where different cultures, languages even religions lived and flourished together. Students surprisingly could find connection with their own country and historical figures. The same connection we found with each other through this trip and Erasmus opportunity that enable us to see how similar we are.

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After two memorable days, finally we arrived back to Kaunas, our new home. We, students, would like to thank our amazing guide Rasa, who was with us two whole days and showed us, how even a small country like Lithuania, could be so different in its nature and history.  Our gratitude also goes to coordinators, Agnė and Eglė from International Relations and Study Center, for making this trip possible and managing our big group, which was not very easy to handle.

Erikas Vasiliauskas, Mentor of Incoming Erasmus+ Students

Photos: Agnė Jašauskaitė, International Programme Coordinator

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Contest: The best video clip about studies at LSMU!


Students!

Are you creative and not indifferent?

We invite you to participate in the contest for the best video clip about Studies (Study programme)!

What are the prizes for winners? The author of the best LSMU students video clip will receive 200 Euros, the best in the Faculty category - 100 Euros each. There is also a Commission prize of 100 euros.

What do you need to do:

1. To make a short video clip about your studies by yourself and / or with the group of course mates. The video clip must comply with Facebook's requirements. Videos can be taken anywhere: outdoors, at the university, at home, in the gym. If you decide to record during the lecture, be sure to contact the tutor beforehand. Duration of the video clip - up to 1 minute.

Some our questions that may help you:

  • Who will I become when I graduate? Who inspired me to study the chosen programme?
    • What surprises you at studies or at university in general?
    • What is your leisure time?

2. Send the edited and dubbed video clip by November 24th to this e-mail: komunikacija@lsmuni.lt, indicating your name and surname, and where you are currently studying (faculty, course, programme). Do not forget to provide a phone number!

3. Who and when will rate the video clips?

Video clips will be evaluated during December 11-20 at the LSMU Facebook profile. The winners will be chosen by voting - those authors whose videos will collect the most "like" votes on Facebook (the best LSMU student video clip, the best in the category of Faculties) will win. The Commission will select the prize winner by voting and assessing authors inventiveness, technical skills, and so on.

The winners will be announced on December 20th on the LSMU Facebook profile and will be contacted personally.

4. By participating in this contest you acknowledge, that your video complies with all copyright and data protection requirements. You also grant the right to LSMU freely use your video on the Internet, at university events or other university media.

The contest poster: https://goo.gl/nvtJDg.


For 1st year Medicine students - opportunity to study in mixed group


Dear Students,

The Faculty of Medicine is inviting Lithuanian and International students to study in an international group! The group is being formed for the upcoming first year students of  Medicine academic year 2019/2020. In this group you will be able to study up to the 6th year. Studies for this group will be organized only in English language. It is required for the group to consist of equal numbers of Lithuanian and International students.                 

Benefits of studying in this group:

1. Improve your professional English and Lithuanian language skills.
2. Meet people of other cultures and nationalities.
3. Help each other learn and deepen the medical knowledge already acquired.

The shortest study period is one semester (half a year).

If you are interested let us know during registration week or via e-mail, greta.juskaityte@lsmuni.lt

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CALL FOR ERASMUS+ EXCHANGE - Spring term 2020


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STUDIES

Main selection criteria:

  • average of grades at LSMU (≥7).
  • foreign language skills.
  • motivation and communication skills.

Important:

  • choose a host university only from Erasmus+ Partners 2019/2020 list on LSMU web page (Activities – Exchange studies – Erasmus partners).
  • review compatibility of the study programmes at LSMU and host university.
  • it is open for all study programmes and cycles students.
  • can apply for non – EU countries.

Additional parts of a point are given for the following:

  • 0.5 If a student revises study subjects at hosting university, composes study plan, uploads it to DreamApply and submits together with online application.
  • 0.5 Participation in LSMU Erasmus mentoring activities for at least two semesters.
  • 0.3 Participation in Erasmus+ traineeship mobility for the first time.
  • 0.3 If a student intends to do an Erasmus+ traineeship in other country than his/her country of origin.

 

SELECTION PROCEDURE:

 

1. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM TILL 30th OF SEPTEMBER

 Apply online and please read the instructions for application carefully here:

http://lsmu-outgoing.dreamapply.com/ 

2. FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAMINATION ON 4th OF OCTOBER

International students do not need to sit an English language examination.

Students who will be instructed in French or German language should take examinations (except native speakers or holders of language certificate B2 level and higher).

Students who do not have final grade of professional language module should take an exam.

3. ERASMUS INTERVIEW ON 9TH OF OCTOBER

Motivation and communication skills of the candidates will be evaluated during interview with Erasmus commission. 

Exact time and place of language examination and Erasmus interview will be announced later.

More information about the Erasmus+ programme:

 

Erasmus+ studies: Eglė Vizbaraitė, room 127, phone: 327301; e - mail: egle.vizbaraite@lsmuni.lt;


INNOVATION FOR HEALTH 2018


The Development Office of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences invites all community to participate in the event INNOVATION FOR HEALTH 2018 where authors of the best ideas will be awarded with monetary prizes in three categories: “Researcher”, “University Student” and “High School Student”. Also, special awards have been established by businesses. 

Event date: 17th May.

For registration (till 14-05-2018) use this link: https://goo.gl/3hWyFh

Amount of the participants is limited.

Event place: The Advanced Pharmaceutical and health technologies centre of ,,SANTAKA“ VALLEY, Sukilėlių pr.13, Kaunas.

Program



e-Boat Bootcamp 2019


Do you have an innovative business idea and want to learn basic entrepreneurial skillsApply to E-Boat programme! 

The programme is divided in 2 phases: 

The first phase offers 6 weeks of Distance Learning Module with on line trainings concerning on the Principles of Universal Design, Lean methodology and customer development tools. 

The second phase – Cruise Hackathon Formula includes 2-weeks intensive and unique business creation sea-trip to validate and pitch the ideas in 5 Baltic Sea destinationsGdanskKlaipedaRigaStockholm and Tallinn. 

During the cruise the start-ups will learndevelop their productsidentify customersmeet potential clients
local investors - under the supervision of  IT specialists and the Universal Design mentors. 

 

Application deadline – 13th of March.



Share your most beautiful Erasmus moments with us which could reflect your Erasmus experience in the best way: your studies, your leisure time, best trips, parties, your environment. The pictures would be published in the Erasmus information flyers and guides, so please don’t send too personal pictures.

Rules:
1. Send your photos to mobility@lsmuni.lt , deadline: January 13, 2019.
2. Write your name, surname, Erasmus country and host university. Add short description of the moment you have fixed in the picture (not compulsory). Each LSMU student can send up to 2 photos for the competition.
3. Photos would be uploaded on Facebook: Erasmus+ LSMU.
4. By sending your pictures you agree that your pictures would be published on the LSMU webpage, brochures etc.
5. The winners will receive prizes on February 7, during “Erasmus days 2019” event.  The date and place where to get your other Erasmus prizes will be announced later.

 Prizes:

  1. Each student who will send a photo will get a small prize.
  2. First ten who will send a photo  - will receive an Erasmus towel. The photo must be of your studies or traineeship, not leisure time!
  3. The winners (1st-3rd place) would be nominated by open vote: 3 pictures which got the most „LIKE“. The winners will be awarded scratch off world maps. The deadline for voting: January 31, 10 a.m.
  4. Another 3 winners would be nominated by International Relations and Study Centre and will receive a bookstore vouchers.

We are waiting for your wonderful and unforgettable Erasmus moments!


NOMINAL SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION 2019/2020


The competition is open to the students of the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Public Health; students enrolled on the Veterinary Medicine degree programme at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Academy, and students of the Faculty of Animal Science

Students of the first and second cycles and students of integrated studies, starting with the third semester of their studies, wishing to participate in the Nominal Scholarship Competition must submit the following documents to the Student Council of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (address: A. Mickevičiaus g. 9, Kaunas or the post box No. 53, which is at the 0 floor, near the Career Centre), tel. (8-37) 327214, e-mail: info@lsmusa.lt) until 2 December 2019:

1. A request to participate in the nominal scholarship competition (a request addressed to the Rector);

2. A certificate, indicating the grade point average (GPA), approved by the Dean or a person appointed by the Dean;

3. A free-form curriculum vitae;

4. Documents supporting active participation in student activity and/or the need for support (students who have lost their parents (adoptive parents) or guardians, students with disabled parents (adoptive parents) or guardians, or students from large families);

5. Other documents supporting the achievements of a student (copies).

NOTE:

  1. The grade point average (GPA) must be not lower than 8.
  2. The scholarship is not awarded to students who have already been awarded a scholarship from other funds in year 2019/2020.

The meeting of the Nominal Scholarship Commission will take place in the Rectorate meeting room, located in the central building (A. Mickevičiaus g. 9) of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, on 5 December 2019, 2 p.m. Participation of applicants in the meeting of the Commission is compulsory.

 

The following scholarships will be awarded:

1. Lithuanian Science Support Dr. Juozas and Birutė Skrinskai Fund (for students of the Faculty of Medicine);

2. Prof. Juozas Kupčinskas Scholarship (for students of the Medicine study programme at the Faculty of Medicine);

3. Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis Scholarship (for students of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Public Health);

4. Juozas Olekas Scholarship (for a student of the Faculty of Medicine);

5. ‘Gintarinė vaistinė’ Scholarship (for IV-V year students of the Faculty of Pharmacy);

6. Veterinary Pharmacy Association Scholarship (for a student of the Veterinary Medicine study programme at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine);

7. ‘Vilkijos ūkis’ Scholarship (for a student of the Veterinary Medicine study programme at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and student of the Animal and Human Interaction (until 2018 Animal Science) study programme at the Faculty of Animal Science);

8. ‘Magnum Veterinarija’ Scholarship (for a student of the Veterinary Medicine study programme at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and student of the Animal Science (until 2018 Animal Husbandry Technology) study programme at the Faculty of Animal Science).


ESN LSMU represented at the Annual General Meeting Costa Brava 2018


The Annual General Meeting of the Erasmus Student Network is the largest European student conference focusing on the theme of mobility. In the year 2018 Spain hosted AGM Costa Brava from 15th till 18th March, with 1000 students representing more than 500 Higher Education Institutions from 40 countries to elect a new International Board, debate the future of the network and the broader role of internationally oriented youth in Europe.

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ESN LSMU was represented by Abhiyaan Malhotra (President of ESN LSMU) and Simona Adomaviciute (Education Officer of ESN Lithuania) at this conference discussing the future of Europe and the future of our network.

The conference started with the traditional Flag Parade highlighting the diversity and various colours and voices of the countries that are part of ESN. The flag parade concluded with an opening ceremony where we were addressed by dignitaries such as the Mayor of the city and the representative of University of Girona along with partners of ESN such as RyanAir, Hostelling International, Dr. Walter and many more.

The next day we started with plenaries and discussions on the work done in the last year by the board members of ESN International who are elected volunteers and are passionate about making a change to the international student experience. We also witnessed the candidates that aspire to be these elected full time volunteers and help erasmus students by getting policies in place for their integration into host universities.

There were plenty discussions about the possible new logo and the possible structural change within ESN to make our network stronger than it is now and long lasting. Fruitful workshops were held that discussed various topics ranging from things that matter to us on a day to day basis and how things can be made better for Erasmus students at the local level though the local sections such as ESN LSMU to  things that mattered and were of interest to ESNers that want to get involved with Erasmus Key Actions, European Voluntary Service project and those that want to apply for internship at the European Commission.

We had the opportunity to get to know 500+ institutions that were represented and different partners present at the infomarket, where ESN LSMU presented their university LSMU and the courses LSMU currently runs, along with various other universities of Lithuania.

The social programme also promoted mobility and cultural experience. We got the true taste of Europe through the International Dinner that presented the national dishes of 40 different countries. Followed by the Spanish Night the next day when we were given the experience of a typical night in Spain while being busy with engaging discussions about our network. We ended the conference with the Gala Dinner that was accompanied by the STARawards, in which ESN LSMU received 2nd Place throughout the network in the logoSTAR category for the logo and the integration of the logo with the faculties at the university and it is a true representation of the courses at the university.

2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage - an opportunity to celebrate, share,
embrace, and shape culture. Through our daily events and activities organised on the local, national and international levels, we, the dedicated volunteers, are shaping the cultural heritage we will leave for our children. We are the ones to step into the roles of global leaders. We have to fully realise the power of our potential.

AGM is one of the events that motivates students to keep on doing what they are doing for Erasmus and International students and encourages a dialogue on change and shows them how other students just like them are involved across Europe.

"AGM has come to an end but definitely not the motivation for us to keep going forward."
- João Pinto, President ESN AISBL

In conclusion this event was engaging and had a lot of fruitful discussions in addition to a vote on the action plan of the next year, the logo, the structure of the organisation and the new international board. This shows our true international nature representing ESN LSMU, representing Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and ESN Lithuania and Erasmus Students in general and being a part of the Erasmus Generation.

#THISisESN
#AGMcostabrava
#ESNlsmu
#ESNlithuania
#MobilityisaLifestyle

Abhiyaan Malhotra
President of ESN LSMU


Innostars Awards 2019 – show your genius ideas and become known in Europe!


Open call for the most innovative healthcare (e-healthmedtechbiotechideas! 

InnoStars Awards is a training and competition program in which 15 early stage companies and SMEs receives € 20 000 funding as smart money for business development and product validationMoreoverselected list of candidates will be allowed to participate in InnoStars Final pitch event and win awards up to € 25.000 to launch their product or service. 

Who can apply:  InnoStars Awards programme is suitable for micro and small enterprises (according to EU SME definition), spin-offs and start-ups that already have a prototype or a MVP, but product/service is not on the market yet (no income) . The company must be incorporated/registered before the sub-granting agreement initiation 

Purpose of InnoStars competitions: 

  • To support the applicants in realizing next steps towards the market and shorten time-to-market for innovative products and services. 

  • To verify the need/benefit of the product/service for users/customers/payers/partners. 

  • To increase the possibility to attract private investment. 

Stage 1: Mentoring and Training - submit a high-quality application for InnoStars Awards competition to, win 20 000 € smart money etc receive mentoring (individual mentoring for four months)  

Stage 2: InnoStars pitch Pitch your business plan to an international jury consisting of healthcare professionalsrepresentatives of EIT Health core industrial partners and market expertsWin up to 25 000 €.  

Deadline – March 27 th 

More information and registration: https://bit.ly/2EzyUdm.   



Splish-splash tour to Druskininkai 2019


As all the prevailing years, this year, too we had a very memorable refreshing trip called SPLISH SPLASH in collaboration with LSMU mentors programme.

As the name follows, Druskininkai is a spa town, on South of Lithuania with other main attraction such as the Aqua park and Snow arena. The trip commenced on 2nd of March and although the early reporting time of 8:30, our participants looked ever bright on our way to the first stop, the Grutas Park, where our first station for the thrilling Scavengers Hunt began.

Everyone quickly scattered to see what the park had in store for them as the organizers chased them to begin asking the question for the, ‘General Knowledge’

Station.  All the teams were very impressive and gave their best to attain the highest mark. It was joyful to see the participants give their all. Besides challenging them to the best of their knowledge, our participants learned a bit about the Lithuanian history too, as the Grutas Park hold the country's Communist-era statues.

The second station turned out to be more memorable than expected as our participants had to click a picture with their respective teams to earn the most likes on Facebook.

As the participants seemed to slowly lose energy, we headed to the Dainava Hotel to hold the last two station for the hunt.

As we allotted rooms, we quickly invited each team for a quick round of puzzles. Two teams made it to the last round, as we like to call it, ‘The Boss’ stage. The best of the best from each of the two teams had to man up to impress our beautiful coordinator Greta. Our teams sure worked hard for the price in the end.

After a long day of working hard for the scavengers hunt, everyone dispersed to finally see the famous aqua park which was steps away from the hotel we resided in. As some went for some ‘‘splish splash’’ other enjoyed the thrill of skiing in “Snow arena”.

All the organizers were appreciated for the amazing and hardworking job they did for all of us to make this trip a success.

It was all fun until suddenly everyone had to leave for back home. Even though everyone was exhausted, it was amazing to see students fill the ride back home with such energy and good memories.

Text&photos - Shristi Sukhlecha, 2nd year Medicine student


CALL FOR ERASMUS+ TRAINEESHIPS - ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020


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Important:

  • we have received additional funding. If you will apply in this selection the last day of traineeship should be 31st May 2020. The main selection for academic year 2020/2021 will be in the January-February 2020;
  • the minimum stay of Erasmus+ traineeship – 2 months (not less than 60 days);
  • maximum 3 months of traineeship are financed.

What are eligibility criteria for Erasmus traineeships?

  • Compatibility between the traineeship programmes at the receiving institution and LSMU;
  • Academic records (average of grades at LSMU - minimum average of 7);
  • Good knowledge of foreign languages;
  • Student motivation and good communication skills.

Selection procedure:

1. Online application form till 30th of September

  • Apply online and please read the instructions for application carefully here:

http://lsmu-outgoing.dreamapply.com/

2. Foreign language examination on 4th of October

  • International students do not need to sit an English language examination.
  • Students who will be instructed in French or German language should take examinations (except native speakers or holders of language certificate B2 level and higher).
  • Students who do not have final grade of professional language module should take an exam.

3. Erasmus+ interview on 8th of October

  • Motivation and communication skills of the candidates will be evaluated during interview with Erasmus commission.

 

Exact time and place of language examination and Erasmus interview will be announced later.

 

The final score is calculated according to the formula:

Final score = GPA* (60%) + motivation (30%) + communication skills (10%)

*Grade Point Average

Additional parts of a point are given for the following:

  1. participation in LSMU Erasmus mentoring activities for longer than two semesters – 0.5;
  2. if a student finds a place for Erasmus+ traineeship by himself/herself – 0.5 (this part of a point is given only in case if the student uploads the confirmation that he/she is accepted for an Erasmus traineeship until the deadline of application submission to the DreamApply system);
  3. participation in Erasmus+ traineeship mobility for the first time – 0.3;
  4. if a student intends to do an Erasmus+ traineeship in other country than his/her country of origin – 0.3 (if the student changes his/her mind and finally goes for a traineeship to a country of his/her origin, this part of a point is subtracted from his/her final score and the final score is recalculated).

Erasmus grant rates for traineeship mobility:

Groups

Countries

Erasmus grant, € per month

1

Ireland, Denmark, Iceland, United Kingdom, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, Norway, Finland, Sweden

700

2

Austria, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal, France, Germany

650

3

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Turkey

500

 

Got interested? Contact

SKIRMANTĖ Deksnytė

International Programme Coordinator

Division of Academic Mobility (room 124)

International Relations and Study Centre

A. Mickevičiaus g. 9, 44307 Kaunas

Phone: +370-37-395817

E-mail: skirmante.deksnyte@lsmu.lt


Last entrance examination session held in Spain


The last entrance examination session for the academic year 2018/2019 has been held in Alicante for the Spanish applicants in the middle of July. International programme coordinators Rūta Antanaitienė and Laima Dobilienė arranged the entrance exam and interviews for prospective students and had a discussion about the recruitment issues with LSMU agent DONDE ESTUDIAR MEDICINE.

Four applicants successfully passed the exam and were offered a study place in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine programmes at LSMU. Presentation about LSMU was delivered after the completion of exam, prospective students were introduced to the structure of the University, study programmes available in English, applied study methods and students' life.

According to the number of international students at LSMU, young people from Spain are on the fith place. Last year 67 Spanish students were studying at LSMU. University‘s representatives are sure that invited applicants will join the University‘s academic community in the coming academic year.

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Last session of LSMU entrance exams in Israel before new academic year


Israeli applicants who want to study at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences were invited to take LSMU entrance exam during 30 of June – 3rd of July in Tel Aviv, Israel. In total 68 of them took part in this last session of entrance exams before academic year 2019/2020. They were selected from LSMU representatives in Israel (M. D. International Studies; ELOR - Medical Services and Rehabilitation; Overseas Medical Education) and other group - individual applicants.

LSMU International Relations and Study Center representatives Rūta Antanaitienė and Eglė Vizbaraitė organised the entrance exams, checked the knowledge and motivation of registered applicants and presented LSMU. After all, 20 offers for studies at LSMU have been issued for prospective students in the fields of: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Odontology.

Hope to see these young and motivated people at LSMU in September. Most of them already have practical experience in health field while were serving in the army and it made an influence to study hard for the exams, to keep motivation and to choose a doctor‘s profession.

Continuing tradition by visiting LSMU graduates, this time LSMU representatives had a pleasure to meet dentist Leonid Groysman, who graduated from Kaunas University of Medicine in 2010. Today L. Groysman has his private clinic and also works at ‘Free Smile’ clinic in Tel Aviv. He provides a wide range of services: from oral hygiene to prosthetic procedures.


Entrance Exams in Gotteborg and Stokholm (Sweden) on May 22/24/25


LSMU International Study and Relation Centre representatives Aušra Surantienė (Study Coordinator/Marketing and Promotion) and Živilė Kepežinskienė (International Programme Coordinator) traveled to Sweden for the session of entrance exams on May 21-26. Three exams in two cities - Gotteborg and Stokholm - have been carried out. Over 60 young people applied for several programmes in LSMU, including Medicine, Odontology, Pharmacy and Veterinary. After tests and numerous interviews 29 offers for studies at LSMU have been handed in. Wide range of emotions accompanied the session of exams: from disappointment to the tears of  happiness and excitement. 

Many congratulations to all students who studied hard and succeeded! And huge encouragement to all the rest - keep to your dream and remember that everything is possible with great efforts!

LSMU is looking forward to meeting all new foreign students in September for the studies in year 2019/2020!

Text by Ž.Kepežinskienė/ A.Surantienė. Photos by Ž.Kepežinskienė


Novelty in blood test: laser sensor to replace needles


Lithuanian scientists are working on a laser-based technology to establish a novel way of blood examination without a regular needle poke. The innovation is scheduled to be publicly accessible in 1 or 2 years, thus facilitating daily routines of patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases. It will enable a faster detection of acute diseases and help athletes to monitor their body condition, prevent injuries too.

Scientists of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) in collaboration with laser experts of “Brolis Semiconductors”, by using laser spectroscopy method created a sensor, which can be installed in smartphones or smartwatches. Such an easily accessible blood test will not only help to prevent people from a needle caused pain, but will decrease risks of blood-borne diseases as well.

“By using smart apps this technology will enable us to monitor certain blood changes. In case of illness we could send individual blood examination results to our family doctors or doctors from the emergency room”, says professor Žilvinas Dambrauskas, one of the technology creators from the Institute of Digestive Research of LSMU. According to professor, due to technology some blood tests would become very cheap, patients by themselves could monitor their blood changes and link them to their health, share this information with doctors and analyze it using AI programs.

“An opportunity to create better insulin pumps for patients with diabetes would be created. Athletes could use monitoring systems to predict their level of physical preparation, they would receive information about risks of injury or disease”, professor says. In case of acute diseases such a novelty is going to provide an easier diagnosis of acute infectious diseases and sepsis, also it will detect a malfunction of blood flow in different organs. Eventually the innovation would be used in medical institutions, gyms, providing emergency aid. More ways of its application would also appear.

Such a sensor of LSMU scientists and “Brolis Semiconductors” laser experts currently is the first, most developed and accurate technology. Its developers assure the technology in most cases will be as accurate as a regular, invasive blood test.

In a near future scientists plan to analyze blood samples of healthy people and compare it with the results collected noninvasively. By collecting this information the technology will be “teached” to precisely measure and predict certain changes in blood.

Currently scientists are implementing technical solutions to make the technology mobile and suitable to use in a daily environment. Big amount of information is also collected and processed in order to make the analyzer capable of precisely identifying changes in blood.


Choose Erasmus+ Exchange Opportunities In Sardinia


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Italy certainly has plenty of charms to tempt tourists and international students alike: a diverse landscape, an immense cultural and historical legacy, iconic and historic sites, incomparable cuisine, an impressive history of inventions and discoveries… and, of course, universities in Italy include some of the world’s oldest and most prestigious. On October 13–19 Eglė Vizbaraitė and Agnė Jašauskaitė, International Programme Coordinators, from LSMU International Relations and Study Center (TRSC), from the Division of Academic Mobility have visited the University of Sassari (UNISS) in Sardinia.

With more than 12,000 students in this medium-sized university, which has units in 4 Sardinian cities (Sassari, Olbia, Nuoro and Oristan), 10% of them are international students. The largest Faculty of Medicine has two divisions – Biomedicine and Medical, with degree programs similar in LSMU. Students can study Biotechnology, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Obstetrics, Nursing, as well Medicine and Odontology (Dentistry).

The representatives of LSMU met with colleagues from UNISS International Relations Administration and the academic community of the Faculty of Medicine, who are involved in Erasmus+ activities, discussed important aspects of exchange organization, initiated Erasmus+ exchange with PhD students of both institutions. We also visited Kamilė Krauledaitė, the student of Faculty of Medicine at LSMU, who is involved as Erasmus+ student at UNISS.  The representatives of LSMU discussed topical issues of studies, evaluated the student's integration into the academic and social life of the university, and reviewed the university infrastructure.

Good Practices To Support Incoming Students

  • Organisation, through the University Language Centre, of free Italian language courses before the beginning of term, allowing students to reach an adequate language level. During the academic semesters intermediate courses are also held;
  • Provision of questionnaire for incoming students, which has helped to improve the services offered and meet the needs of the Erasmus community;
  • Nomination of a mentor, in charge of representing the students’ interests and reporting any irregularity or risk of discrimination against incoming students.

LSMU students' interest in exchange studies or internships in Italy is steadily increasing. According to the number of outgoing students, about 35 LSMU students are going to their exchange each year, Italy is ranked as first country among the selected countries. Incoming students from Italy are also increasingly finding their scientific opportunities at LSMU. The number of incoming students from Italy is just a little bit lower than the number of students from Spain. Following this meeting, UNISS faculty coordinators saw real opportunities to send their students under the Erasmus+ programme to LSMU.

The Division of Academic Mobility would like to encourage LSMU students to try the possibilities of academic exchange with Erasmus+ programme. This is the perfect opportunity to study in a different educational system, explore the world, authentic cultures. Also, the knowledge gained during studies and acquired education fundamentally changes the worldview and enables to become a citizen of the world.

*Erasmus+ selection for studies or traineeships at LSMU takes place every year from January to March. We invite LSMU community to follow news on Facebook: Erasmus+ LSMU and LSMU website.

 Text & photos: Agnė Jašauskaitė, International Programme Coordinator


Call for Erasmus+ exchange studies for 2019 –2020


STUDIES

Main selection criteria:

  • average of grades at LSMU (≥7).
  • foreign language skills.
  • motivation and communication skills.

 Important:

  • choose a host university only from Erasmus+ Partners 2019/2020 list on LSMU web page (Activities – Exchange studies – Erasmus partners).
  • review compatibility of the study programmes at LSMU and host university.
  • it is open for all study programmes and cycles students.
  • can apply for non – EU countries.

 

Additional parts of a point are given for the following:

  • 0.5        If a student revises study subjects at hosting university, composes study plan, uploads it to DreamApply and                 submits together with online application.
  • 0.5       Participation in LSMU Erasmus mentoring activities for at least two semesters.
  • 0.3       Participation in Erasmus+ traineeship mobility for the first time.
  • 0.3       If a student intends to do an Erasmus+ traineeship in other country than his/her country of origin.

 

SELECTION PROCEDURE:

 

1. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM TILL 17th OF APRIL

 Apply online and please read the instructions for application carefully here:

http://lsmu-outgoing.dreamapply.com/ 

 2.FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAMINATION ON 19th OF APRIL

International students do not need to sit an English language examination.

Students who will be instructed in French or German language should take examinations (except native speakers or holders of language certificate B2 level and higher).

Students who do not have final grade of professional language module should take an exam.

 3. ERASMUS INTERVIEW ON 24TH OFAPRIL

Motivation and communication skills of the candidates will be evaluated during interview with Erasmus commission. 

 Exact time and place of language examination and Erasmus interview will be announced later.

 More information about the Erasmus+ programme:

Erasmus+ studies: Eglė Vizbaraitė, room 127, phone: 327301; e - mail: egle.vizbaraite@lsmuni.lt.


Palanga trip


‘This trip was truly one of the most enjoyable trips I have been on. My entire weekend was filled with nothing but fun and I would repeat it all again!’ – Hytham Dafalla. This was one of the many comments that were given about the recent Palanga trip.

This year, the mentoring program collaborated with ESN LSMU to organize a trip to Palanga for all the international students, the mentors of the Erasmus students and international students, and the Erasmus students of LSMU.  Although it was the first, it was certainly successful, bringing 106 participants all together.

The trip started on Friday, the 4th may, where the participants were taken by two buses to Palanga. A trip which lasted approx. three hours but felt as if it was three minutes due to the extreme excitement of the participants. The first of many organized activities started on the bus as we were travelling, which included fun filled games, such as “Guess the song”, “brain war” quiz and of course who can turn down a game of “Bingo”. These activities filled the atmosphere with friendly competition and light hearted pleasure for all. The prizes given to the winners filled them with joy and excitement for the next games.

Once we reached KTU rest house “Politechnika”, all the participants were without a question ready to explore the city and run to the beach, but first we had to be registered into our allocated rooms. The comfort of the rooms filled us all with a feeling of relaxation and peacefulness. But it wasn’t long before all the participants were up and ready to tour the city. The participants were given activity free time for the remainder of Friday in order to allow them to unwind from the long journey and be ready for what Saturday would hold for them.

The next day, after breakfast, all the participants were ready to explore what the day had in store for them. It all started with one of the most anticipated activity, the scavenger’s hunt. Most of the participants made it their top priority to move through the stations of the hunt and be the best team there is. The Team work put in by each of the teams made the scavenger’s hunt all the more fun to watch. This activity, unquestionably, brought out the creative side of the students. In order to carry on this activity, the participants were split into groups. Each group had to go through all the five stations and in each station a different task was given, whether it was singing or solving a puzzle. It most certainly challenged their imagination as they had to put all the pieces together at the last station to finish the story of the scavenger’s hunt. The winner was selected by the participants based on the team which had the best acting and imagination skills at the last station. The effort of all the teams in making the winning video was not only amusing but it was also filled with imagination. To the participants, the scavenger’s hunt was the most testing yet joyful activity in the trip.

After the scavenger’s hunt, all the participants were filled with energy to do more and to continue their journey of exploring the wonders of Palanga. Once more, the participants were taken by the buses to the spectacular HBH where they were able to get lunch, take a look at the most adorable pets and to some who wanted the extra adrenalin rush- visit the spine tingling Adventure Park.

In the evening, back near the beach, the most anticipated activity, beach volleyball, was played. The participants proved their resilience and their outstanding volleyball skills as they showed their passion and enthusiasm into making their team be the champion of the game.

As sun started to set on Saturday evening, it came time for the activities to come to an end. The winners of the activities were announced along with a closing ceremony to appreciate the time spent with the students. The participants stood from their seats to cheer and clap as the mentors and the organizers of the trip were called up to receive a certificate of appreciation which was signed by the dean of LSMU to show gratitude for all their work. And of course the cherry on top, ice cream was given to all the participants of the trip and regardless of the chilly evening, no one can say no to ice cream.

On Sunday, the 6th of May, as much as we all wanted to stay in the peaceful and calming seaside of Lithuania, it was time for us to return back to Kaunas. It was pleasing to see that even though the trip exhausted the energy of the participants, they still had the vibrant spirit to keep the bus journey back home filled with positive and memorable vibe.

(author and photos:  Samah KamalLSMU student of Medicine, 4 year)

 

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CALL FOR ERASMUS+ EXCHANGE STUDIES AND TRAINEESHIPS FOR 2019 – 2020


STUDIES

TRAINEESHIPS

Main selection criteria:

  • average of grades at LSMU (≥7).
  • foreign language skills.
  • motivation and communication skills.

 

Important:

 

  • choose a host university only from Erasmus+ Partners list on LSMU web page.
  • review compatibility of the study programmes at LSMU and host university.
  • it is open for all study programmes and cycles students.
  • can apply for non – EU countries.

 

Main selection criteria:

  • average of grades at LSMU (≥7).
  • foreign language skills.
  • motivation and communication skills.

 

Important:

 

  • Applications for voluntary traineeship (summer 2019 & 2020), traineeship embedded in curriculum 2019/2020 and traineeship After Graduation* are accepted.
  • It is recommended for students to find a place for practice by themselves or to choose from Erasmus+ Partners list on LSMU web page.
  • Applications are open for bachelor’s, master’s, PhD and residency students.
  • During mobility, you can be a trainee only at one institution.

 

* Applications for Erasmus+ traineeship after graduation have to be submitted during the last year of studies at LSMU (except for Veterinary Medicine students who have to take part in the Erasmus+ interview in their 5th year of studies).

 

Additional parts of a point are given for the following:

  • 0.5       If a student revises study subjects at hosting university, composes study plan, uploads it to DreamApply and submits together with online application.
  • 0.5       Participation in LSMU Erasmus mentoring activities for at least two semesters.
  • 0.3       Participation in Erasmus+ traineeship mobility for the first time.
  • 0.3       If a student intends to do an Erasmus+ traineeship in other country than his/her country of origin.

 

Additional parts of a point are given for the following:

  • 0.5       If a student finds a place for Erasmus+ traineeship by himself/herself, uploads a screenshot of confirmation by email or official letter to DreamApply and submits together with online application.
  • 0.5       Participation in LSMU Erasmus mentoring activities for at least two semesters.
  • 0.3       Participation in Erasmus+ traineeship mobility for the first time.
  • 0.3       If a student intends to do an Erasmus+ traineeship in other country than his/her country of origin

 

SELECTION PROCEDURE:

1. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM TILL 3rd OF MARCH 

 Apply online and please read the instructions for application carefully here: http://lsmu-outgoing.dreamapply.com/ 

Students can submit applications for different kinds of traineeships (voluntary, embedded to curriculum/internship; after graduation), but please note that only one scholarship after Erasmus+ selection can be nominated (according student’s preference), the rest traineeships can be conducted with Erasmus+ zero grant.           

2.FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAMINATION ON 8th OF MARCH

International students do not need to sit an English language examination.

Students who will be instructed in French or German language should take examinations (except native speakers or holders of language certificate B2 level and higher).

Students who do not have final grade of professional language module should take an exam.

 3. ERASMUS INTERVIEW DURING 13 TH MARCH – 12TH APRIL

Motivation and communication skills of the candidates will be evaluated during interview with Erasmus commission. 

 Exact time and place of language examination and Erasmus interview will be announced later.

 More information about the Erasmus+ programme:

Erasmus+ studies (Europe): Eglė Vizbaraitė, room 127, phone: 327301; e - mail:

 egle.vizbaraite@lsmuni.lt;

Erasmus+ studies (outside Europe): Žaneta Dičkutė, room 126,  phone: 327209, e – mail: zaneta.dickute@lsmuni.lt;

Erasmus+ traineeships: Kristina Kavaliauskaitė, room no. 124, phone: 395817, e – mail: kristina.kavaliauskaite@lsmuni.lt.



Dear Students enrolled for the academic year 2019/2020,

We welcome you to the academic community of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU).

THE REGISTRATION WEEK will take place at the Meeting Room No. 123, Medical Academy of LSMU, on 22nd, 23rd and from 26th to 29th of August.

Registration online will open on July 11th, 2019. The online link will be provided personally to all enrolled students.

Address: A. Mickevičiaus str. 9, Kaunas.

 

LIST OF DOCUMENTS TO BE PRESENTED:

  1. Legalized Matriculation Certificates, Transcripts of Grades (if necessary) in original;
  2. Health Certificate (original);
  3. Passport/ID card;
  4. One passport type photo (white background);
  5. Legalized Criminal Record (required for the application of Temporary Residence Permit and not applied for the EU citizens).
  6. Two hard original copies of fully filled up and signed Study Contract (total 10 pages).

Important dates:

August 30th – Celebration of the First Day of the New Academic Year (time and location will be updated);

September 2nd – Classes begin. Detailed timetables will be provided during the Registration Week.


The contest INNOVATION FOR HEALTH 2018


The Development Office of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences invites the community of the University to actively participate in the contest INNOVATION FOR HEALTH 2018 and submit innovative ideas. The goal of the contest is to promote entrepreneurship and creativity.
 
The authors of best ideas will be awarded with monetary prizes in three categories: “Researcher” – 2.000 EUR, “University Student” – 1.500 EUR and “High School Student” – 1.000 EUR. Also, special awards have been established by businesses. The award ceremony will take place in May.
 
Your applications should be submitted by 28th February 2018 at: vidmantas.vaiciulis@lsmuni.lt
 
The contest rules, the application form and all other relevant information is in “Renginiai” section of
 

International Teacher and Staff Week at LSMU, Lithuania!


'International University: What is Your Superpower?'

September 21-25, 2020 

The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) is proud to announce an International Staff Week, 2020 'International University: What is Your Superpower?' to be held in Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania!

International Week (IW) is designed for both, teachers and staff from the partner universities. Representatives of academic society are invited: those interested in improvement of internationalization aspect of home university, everybody looking for experience exchange and possibly establishment of new cooperation bonds. You are invited to experience Lithuanian hospitality, to explore local food, culture and traditions.

For teachers IW offers the opportunity to teach the local and international students in various biomedical and health sciences, to develop professional networks and collaboration. The target group is teaching staff in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health, Veterinary Medicine, Food Science, Animal Science and other health-related programmes.

For staff IW offers the opportunity to interact with the colleagues from other countries, to share experience and ideas in the field of internationalization and intercultural communication. The target group is international office managers, international academic coordinators or staff members involved in international activities at the partner universities.

Open call for all participants to apply for a short presentation (up to 15 min) of their home institution's successful internationalization. The chosen candidates (2 or 3) will have a chance to present their story of success to the audience of the event. If you wish to prepare a presentation, please mark accordingly in the registration form.

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Programme

IW includes individual teaching activities (for teachers), lectures, workshops (for staff), interactive games and networking, cultural and social events.

Welcome dinner, tasting of Lithuanian traditional food and trip to the open-air museum in Rumšiškės are the highlights which should not be missed!

For the full programme of the week please click here


Fees

There is no participation fee. All events of the week (including coffee breaks, lunches, welcome dinner) will be covered by LSMU.

Participants are expected to cover their travel, accommodation and other expenses (not related to the IW programme).

Participants are invited to apply in the framework of Erasmus+ teacher/staff mobility or other mobility programme. Please note that participants are expected to cover their costs of travel and accommodation by themselves and to make necessary travel arrangements and reservations.  


Registration

Maximum of 50 participants will be selected for the participation in the Staff Week.

Please fill in on-line registration form here

The deadline for registration: 1st MARCH 2020 

What do the participants of the previous International Weeks at LSMU say? Click here

Do you have any questions?

Please contact us: staffweek@lsmu.lt


Young people from Sweden prefer to choose Medical Studies at LSMU


Closing to the end of January Rūta Antanaitienė and Rokas Anisas, international programme coordinators, visited Stockholm to represent the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences at a study fair arranged by the institutions' partner Eduplanet, and to perform entrance examinations for applicants who are supposed to join the University’s academic community in the coming September.

University’s representatives have received a high interest from prospective students and their parents during the Study Fair. Most of the interested people have already known about LSMU, and wanted to get more information face to face. Therefore, LSMU booth was crowded all the time and intensive conversations were going non-stop. Moreover, a recent Swedish graduate Gaziza Shamsi and a current student Omar Mustaf had joined the LSMU booth to answer all questions of the curious prospective students.

On Sunday morning LSMU’s team had a planned entrance examination held for a class of 30 MD International pre-med students. The examinees had shown good results, with some reaching record breaking scores of up to 90%. Sounds of joy were reverberating in the corridor after the exam results were announced and offers to study at LSMU were given out. "I can’t wait to come to Kaunas and start my course!" some students said.

The very next day, another entrance examination has been held in the meeting room of Clarion Hotel. This time for a group of 10 people recruited by the University’s partner Eduplanet. Test results were not so good as in the previous examination and only two examinees were given an offer to start studies in September. Three applicants have been exempted from the entrance test because they had BSc degree diplomas in biosciences. After the precise check of education certificates and interview, they all were offered to continue an academic journey in medical sciences at LSMU.

Rūta and Rokas were satisfied with the outcomes of Stockholm’s visit. All the young, passionate and smart people were given the opportunities to study at LSMU and join our international community of medical academics that made the trip fruitful for the institution and the young individuals alike.

 

Information of International Relations and Study Center


Authors' Workshop Held in Riga on 27 October


The workshop for PhD students in Riga Stradins University in Riga, Latvia, was held on 27 October 2017. This event was initiated and organized by Prof. Aigars Petersons from the Riga Stradins University and Prof. Edgaras Stankevičius, the editor-in-chief of the journal 'Medicina' (Kaunas, Lithuania) and the visiting professor at Riga Stradins University. They recognize the need for devoting more attention for preparing students for academic career, knowing that a significant aspect of this career includes publishing scientific papers. The goal of the workshop was to provide an insight to the environment of scientific publishing considering the perspectives of both publishers and editors, as well as to provide an overview of basic skills needed for preparing a scientific paper, with the final aim - to encourage young researcher in writing and publishing scientific papers. The programme was covered by two invited speakers: Justyna Kasprzycka and Ljuba Bacharova.

 

Justyna Kasprzycka leads a portfolio of scientific journals in Central and Eastern Europe at Elsevier. Her involvement in these roles has given her a detailed understanding of the Central & Eastern Europe journal portfolio and in the challenges that the researchers in this region are facing nowadays. She introduced the role and contribution of publishers, the foundation and structure of an article, the importance of using proper scientific language, and the process of reviewing a manuscript. A special attention was devoted to publication ethics, namely plagiarism as well as authors’ rights. She also presented bibliometric indicators and Elsevier products that can be used for increasing visibility of an article: ScienceDirect, Scopus, Mendeley.

 

Ljuba Bacharova represented the Journal of Electrocardiology and the IRIS initiative. She shared her experience as an author, as well as the executive editor of the Journal of Electrocardiology and the organizer of the IRIS initiative, where Journal of Electrocardiology plays substantial role. She touched four aspects of publishing mostly from the author´s perspective:  (1) how to prepare a good study protocol; (2) the structure and content of IMRAD papers; (3) how to communicate with the editorial office and respond to reviewers comments; (4) academic English.

 

She presented also the IRIS initiative, and the experience gathering during 12 years of the existence of this initiative. Discussion on a possibility to organize IRIS 2018 in Latvia or Lithuania, information of planned IRISes in Kyrgyzstan and Sweden in the year 2018, invitation to participate. Also – opening a possibility on organizing more complex and comprehensive courses on academic writing at universities, either in Lithuania or Latvia.

 

The main messages to take home from this workshop were: (1) knowing the environment helps to avoid potential misunderstandings or even failures; (2) the basic skills needed for successful writing are learnable. They are not always recognized and included in the university curricula or just in a limited extent. However, the attitude is changing – this workshop can serve as an example of this changing approach.

 

Ljuba Bacharova

Edgaras Stankevičius

Jurgita Grigienė


Knowledge Day Celebration. Photo gallery


Thank you for joining us and celebrating the Knowledge Day!
Here are some photos for you: 
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2019 admissions show LSMU remains competitive not only among Lithuanian, but foreign universities as well
This fall over 300 foreign citizens have started studies at LSMU and joined the rest community of 1000 students from all over the world, who already study at the University. That is almost 15% of all the students.
LSMU is also ready to welcome 66 Erasmus+ students
Currently students from 65 countries study at LSMU. Mostly they come from Israel, Sweden, Germany and India.



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AGENDA

 

Thursday,

April 4th, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

8:30        Registration

                (Adress: A.Mickevičiaus str.9, Kaunas)

9:00        Welcome speech

10:00     The University campus tour:

                The University Library

                Faculty of Medicine

                Faculty of Nursing

13:00     Lunch & Tour in the University campus

                Faculty of Pharmacy

                University Hospital

                Faculty of Odontology

18:00     Dinner in the city center


 

 

Friday,

April 5th, 2019

 

 

 


 

 

8:30        Meeting with International Office staff *

10:00     The University campus tour:       

                Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

                Faculty of Public Health

14:00     Lunch & Tour in Kaunas Old Town


*  Please arrange the meeting in advance

Download the Agenda (PDF)

 

Registration deadline: 13 March, 2019

 


   R E G I S T E R   

 

        More information by email: milda.mankeleviciene@lsmuni.lt

 

 


Lithuania’s biggest animal hospital to be built in Kaunas


Preparations of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences to build the biggest Lithuania’s hospital for pets and exotic animals started to take place in Kaunas. The hospital is supposed to appear in the area of 3 hectares, which was given under the usage agreement for 99 years by the National Land Service Under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania.

General area of the hospital is supposed to reach 5000 square metres. Besides therapy, surgery, oncology and midwifery departments it will also have a department of exotic animals, pharmacy, constantly working animal blood donation centre, animal rehabilitation centre with physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, laser-based treatment service.

The hospital is going to have a department with modern surgery rooms, where video broadcasting system will be installed. Modern clinical labs and the most advanced equipment for diagnosing animal diseases are part of a project as well. 

In order to work safely with ionizing radiation, a video diagnosis department is supposed to appear as well. CT scans and MRI are going to be applied for small animals and horses.

A department of infectious diseases with insulating sections to quarantine and treat animals with infectious diseases will meet the highest standards of biosafety, thus preventing infectious disease and zoonosis spread.

The hospital is supposed to be a centre where veterinary is going to be practiced, covering practical aspects of veterinary medicine studies too.


Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Offers Attractive Studies for Ukrainian Citizens


This year on 19 – 21st April, two large higher education exhibitions “Education and Career – 2018” and “Education Abroad” were held in Kiev (Ukraine), where the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) study and postgraduate fellowship programmes for foreigners were presented. Visitors of the LSMU stand were familiarised with the study and postgraduate fellowship possibilities at the LSMU as well as with the Lithuanian support for the Ukrainian citizens studying in Lithuania. The University was represented by the international programme coordinator Laima Dobilienė and the Vice-Dean Alvidas Šarlauskas.

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More than 7000 visitors attended the exhibition during three days. At the LSMU stand, high school students and their family members were mostly interested in Medicine, Odontology and Veterinary Medicine study programmes. Master study programmes received less attention – there were few visitors in the exhibition looking for them. During the exhibition, the LSMU representatives met with student recruitment agencies in the Ukraine and discussed cooperation possibilities. Besides, relations with Banat University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine from Timisoara were started. The latter university also seeks cooperation in Erasmus + programme. Collaboration opportunities were discussed with the institution which organises trainings for the Ukrainian university teachers of medicine, pharmacy and public health in foreign countries.
Studies abroad are very popular among the Ukrainian young people. The number of Ukrainian citizens going to study abroad increased from 21 thousand to 59 during the last six years. According to the statistics of the exhibition organizers, the most popular countries for studies are Poland, Germany and Russia. Study possibilities in Lithuanian universities are little known to the Ukrainian youth. Many visitors of the LSMU stand were surprised by the opportunity to study in English, which they appraise seeing the added value to the mobility of labour force.
The results of the University representation at the educational exhibition after more than five years break show considerable changes in Ukrainian higher education market over this period. The choice of studies abroad increased more than twice. There has also been improvement in the funding opportunities of the studies. A clear potential is seen in this market in offering studies in English and orienting them towards the Ukrainian youth who looks for bigger labour force opportunities.


Youth Took Entrance Examination in Dubai


At the beginning of June the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) Head of Division of International Partnerships Gintarė Diliūnienė and International Programme Coordinator Laima Dobilienė organised entrance examinations to study programmes in English in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The LSMU collaborates with the agency „Gyanberry Education & Training in the United Arab Emirates” which invites young people to study at this University. The applicants invited by the agencies and several individually registered candidates sat the entrance examinations.
Seven applicants successfully passed the examination and were offered to study at the LSMU Medical and Nursing programmes. During the motivational interviews the youth were sociable, brave, discreet, showed a strong wish to study and claimed that they are confident about their decision to study the selected study programmes.
The LSMU presentations were held after the examinations, where prospective students were introduced to the structure of the University, study programmes and students' life. The University delegates were happy to answer the young people's and their parents' questions.
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Studies and Clinical Practice Opportunities at LSMU


The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (hereinafter – LSMU) has been successfully cooperating with The Dublin International Foundation College (hereinafter – DIFC) for several years. The college delivers specialized foundation courses preparing international students for entrance into partner universities. LSMU representative has been given an opportunity to do a university presentation for DIFC students. On February 7, International Programme Coordinator Agnė Jašauskaitė has presented LSMU infrastructure, study programmes, quality assurance and accreditation tools, pre-medical courses, entrance exam to LSMU requirements, student life and student support. During this presentation people were given an overview on syllabus, which students will be studying at LSMU, discussed how students gain their practical skills at the LSMU hospital “Kauno klinikos” and explained how graduates are eligible to take the USA Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and the PLAB examination of the General Medical Council in the UK.  

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One group of young people, who were familiar with the LSMU, had found information on the LSMU website, and only wanted to find out about their concerns and to communicate with the University's representative. Other group of prospective students had actively communicated asking questions about the study quality at LSMU, competences of the professors, microclimate in the groups, extra-curricular activities, psychological help and career opportunities after graduation, how to prepare better for studies. They could get the newest informational brochures about university infrastructure and study programmes, LSMU souvenirs.   

Collaboration between LSMU and DIFC has proved already fruitful: the increase of awareness in Ireland of LSMU English-taught Medicine, Nursing, Odontology and Pharmacy study programmes; students trust our university and its study quality. On the 27th Of April the entrance exam to LSMU for DIFC applicants will take place, we hope that this visit will benefit for prospective students’ choices in the future.
text&photo: International Programme Coordinator Agnė Jašauskaitė

Study Programs of LSMU Presented in the United Kingdom


1.jpg (226x169, 127x169)LSMU studies were presented at the Higher Education Fair 'The Student World' in the middle of March. The main goal of this event is to inform United Kingdom (UK) students about the benefits of studying abroad, to introduce the study programs and conditions in our university, the quality of studies, admission requirements and etc. 31 thousand students of UK have chosen to study abroad in 2017 (source: UNESCO). The country's market is huge, and studies in English language are attractive to UK pupils, because they are organized in their native language.
More than 50 representatives of higher education institutions from different countries participated in the event and were presenting their study programs. Several hundred prospective students and their parents visited Higher Education Fair 'The Student World'. The graduates of the LSMU joined the University team: graduate of the Faculty of Medicine Kamal Ragupathy and graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry Moussa Sadek. Our graduates have been actively communicating with young people and their parents, sharing their study experiences, job opportunities in the United Kingdom after graduation.
Coordinators of International programmes Agne Jašauskaitė and Simona Černiauskienė also had interviews with prospective students and their family members. The majority were interested in the 'Medicine', 'Odontology' and 'Nursing' programs. Among the opportunities for interested students in the LSMU, we also met many Lithuanian students who have completed basic education in the UK, but will seek higher education at our university. Also, during the visit to UK International team had organized an entrance examination. The selected candidates were invited to study 'Veterinary Medicine' at LSMU. 

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LSMU Graduate - Best Doctor of Israel in 2019


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Graduate of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) Dr. Gavriel Gabi is a 2019 winner of the prestigious "Danielle Award" of excellence and the title "The Best Doctor of the state of Israel"!

Dr. Gavriel Gabi graduated from LSMU in 2009 and did residency in Internal Medicine in Shaare Zedek Medical Center (Jerusalem, Israel). Since 2016 he has been working in Meuhedet Health Maintenance Organization.

Congratulations!


More Swedes to come for degree studies to LSMU


More than five hundred of prospective students visited study fair “Brunch @ Studin” in Gothenburg where 30 educational institutions from different countries (mostly UK, USA) were presenting their study programs. LSMU was the only institution among them offering studies in different fields of medicine and veterinary sciences. Many of attenders were particularly interested to study at LSMU, mostly choosing programs in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine fields. LSMU table was of great interest.  

One alumni, doctor Saman Rezaei who graduated LSMU in 2015 and currently is working as dentist at public clinic in Gothenburg joined university team and greatly contributed with live experience from his studies and student life in Lithuania. Vice Dean of International Relation and Study Center Alvidas Šarlauskas and two international programme coordinators Simona Černiauskienė and Milda Mankelevičienė had a number of interviews with prospective students, their friends and sometimes even family members. Most of Swedes considers Lithuania as a good destination for degree studies and values LSMU because of well-organized studies and rich experience in education of international students.  

During the stay in Gothenburg the first entrance examination was organized as well. All prospective Swedish students applied for the Medicine study programme and a few of them were invited to study at the LSMU. The presentation about LSMU and its study programmes, international students’ support facilities was given for the audience after an entrance examination. The LSMU representatives answered questions about the academic and practical students’ life at the University. All candidates were really motivated and they are planning to visit the University during the Open Days, which are organized by the International Relations and Study Centre. 


Cooperation Possibilities with the United Kingdom Scientists Discussed


An international Life Sciences Forum “Life Sciences Baltics” has encouraged international communication, increased the interest in opportunities to make contacts in science and innovation areas.

Prior the beginning of the Forum, on 25 September, an honorable guest from the United Kingdom Prof. Jacqueline Oldham from Manchester University (UK) paid a visit to the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU)  and Kaunas Clinics. Another guest was a UK Embassy in Vilnius coordinator of science and innovation for the Baltic states Miglė Masaitytė.

The aim of the visit was to learn more about the research activities at the University, major projects, innovations that are being implemented, to make closer contacts, to find out the areas in which the University would like to cooperate.

The guests were met by a large group of the LSMU representatives, who presented the LSMU and Kaunas Clinics activities, the main projects that are taking place at present and other international initiatives. Kaunas Clinics Director for Public Health, Research and Education PhD. Tomas Lapinskas, LSMU International Relations and Study Centre Dean Prof. Ingrida Janulevičienė, Head of Development Department Laima Matusevičienė, Head of the Department for Development of Health Innovations Justina Januševičienė, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing Prof. Jūratė Macijauskienė, Vice-dean of the Faculty of Nursing Prof. Daiva Petruševičienė andHead of Oncology Research Laboratory Assoc. prof. Rasa Ugenskienė met the guests.

Prof. Jacqueline Oldham, who read a presentation in the international forum “Life Sciences Baltics”, is also a Director of Strategic Initiatives at Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor. During the meeting with the University representatives, the guest introduced the institutions she represents and invited the LSMU to cooperate in performing research which seeks to enhance healthcare, health and reduce costs.

The guest was interested in the University and Kaunas Clinics experience, clinical research, personalized medicine and diagnostics as well as advanced medical technologies. The Professor was happy with the patented discovery of the specialists from Ears, Nose and Throat Diseases Clinic at Kaunas Clinics, which helps to detect the early stage of larynx cancer.

The Professor believes that it would be possible to cooperate with the LSMU in performing epidemiological observation research as well as in the fields of oncogenetic and nursery research. Prof.  Jacqueline Oldham invited the LSMU representatives to take part in the Congress, which will take place in March, 2019 in Manchester, to organize workshops and meet the representatives from the fields in which the LSMU would be interested to cooperate.

Laima Dobilienė
International Programme Coordinator

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University Representatives in Tel-Aviv


The Dean of International Relations and Study Centre Prof. Ingrida Janulevičienė, Dean of Postgraduation Centre Dr. Juozas Kupčinskas, International Programme Coordinators Ingrida Inčiūrienė ir Rūta Antanaitienė had visited Tel-Aviv in January, 2019.

The LSMU representatives took part in the Study Fair arranged by the agency M.D. International.
Professor I. Janulevičienė made the comprehensive presentation about the University, study possibilities, learning facilities and research activities, as well as the specifics of problem based learning and student exchange programme ERASMUS+.

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The stand of LSMU was over-crowded by young people and their parents – enormous questions were answered by the University representatives. After few days the applicants of MD International sat the entrance test of LSMU and had showed good results – Offers to study at LSMU have been presented to 23 prospective students.

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International Programme Coordinators Ingrida Inčiūrienė ir Rūta Antanaitienė visited the LSMU agency Overseas Medical Education-Tel Aviv Medical College and made an introductory seminar about the study possibilities, learning facilities and research activities at LSMU, as well as the specifics of problem based learning and student exchange programme ERASMUS+, answered the questions of young people studying in the College and planning to study at LSMU.

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Professor Ingrida Janulevičienė and Dr. Juozas Kupčinskas visited the Rabin Medical Center Beilison Hospital and Schneider Children's Medical Center and had meetings with Hospital Managers and Deans of Tel-Aviv University, who are responsible for the clinical practises. Possibilities to do practise and take part in the clinical  activities have been discussed during the meetings – information in native language is very much useful and the quality of clinical practise done in the local medical institutions is valuable, too. During the visit in Barzilai Hospital located next to Palestine area,University representatives were suprised that Emergency Department of the hospital is located under the ground level and all urgent and planned medical services could be provided safely in case of military operations. The Wolfson Hospital had impressed by high level medical equipment and treatment service, hospital has a great occupation, so, doctors would be happy to accept 6th year students of LSMU for a clinical practise.

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LSMU representatives had met doctors speaking Lithuanian language during the visits in Tel-Aviv‘s hospitals – their professional readiness and assessment of collegues prove the competence and high level of medical education gained in the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. 

Text: Rūta Antanaitienė. Personal photos


LSMU Entrance Examination held in Madrid


During the first week of April international programme coordinators Rūta Antanaitienė and Aušra Surantienė visited Madrid to represent the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and to perform entrance examinations for applicants who were collected by the LSMU‘s partner „Donde Estudiar“ are were supposed to join the University’s academic community in the coming September.

During the last years some new Faculties of Medicine have been opened in Spain providing more possibilities for young people to study in homeland, therefore application amount of Spanish students at LSMU decreased a little bit. But University‘s recruitment agency „Donde Estudiar“ was successfull to collect a group of twelve applicants for the Madrid test. The examinees had shown good results and after the precise check of education certificates and interview, study places were offered to the best eight examinees. One applicant has been exempted from the entrance test because she had BSc degree in Biosciences.

Rūta and Aušra were satisfied with the outcomes of Madrid’s visit. All the young, passionate and smart people were given the opportunities to study at LSMU and join our international community of medical academics that made the trip fruitful for the institution and the young individuals alike.

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A Fruitful First Day of Summer in Hamburg


The first day of summer was marked with the impressively high results of the entrance exams for LSMU in Hamburg. On June 1st the 9 candidates, who have been prepared by the „Finde Academic“, held a test of Chemistry and Biology. Later on a group of young people actively participated in a short quiz, which was organized by LSMU psychologist J. Razgulin. Applicants surprised representatives of LSMU with their great knowledge of Lithuania, Kaunas and the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. Afterwards J. Razgulin (LSMU psychologist) together with the International Programme Coordinator E.Vizbaraite presented LSMU studies. Another key aspect highly important for foreign students was discussed - students‘ support programmes were presented, which help them to adjust better at LSMU, which guarantee smooth integration with support from other foreign students. Students’ opportunities for Erasmus + exchange programme have also been presented.

During motivational interviews, the candidates expressed great eagerness to study at LSMU and told about their practice in German hospitals. All future students were well prepared for the interviews, knew about the peculiarities of LSMU study programmes and shared positive feedback which they received from friends, who already study in LSMU.

After the knowledge check-up and motivation interviews, 8 young people received Studies Offers at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. The Medical study program was chosen by 7 prospective students and one young lady has chosen Odontology.

Representatives of LSMU believe that this successful first summer day will lead to even greater success in the studies of admitted new students.

Text & photos: J. Razgulin


Freshers’ Camp 2018


This year’s Freshers’ Camp was all about meeting people, having fun together and making friends. Studying abroad is an adventure we want to experience together – and this weekend trip gave our Freshers the perfect opportunity for a good start into a whole new life!
As every year, Guosta gave us a warm and sunny welcome with a slight refreshing breeze in the air. After arriving, registering, finding their teams and exploring the campsite, everybody had the chance to get to know each other by playing some extraordinary games made up exclusively for them by our creative organizers. Our Freshers – and the organizers – were amused to find themselves in the middle of a vicious paint battle, a race against time or a human pyramid. Drenched in our most famous weapon, the tomato juice, the teams fought until the very end to become the winner of the first event.
To recover from this energy consuming activity, we had dinner in the beautiful outside food area of our campsite in Guosta. After another little break, we started our much beloved Guosta Quiz Night, the ultimate battle of brains. The teams had to answer five rounds of tricky questions – as well about medical subjects as about commonly known topics. Everyone wanted to prove their knowledge and it became loud and cheerful inside the assembly hall. Even hours after those brainwars, the students – old as new – were still discussing the questions and answers of this challenge.
Some of us decided to have a bonfire in the yard between the cottages. Until late at night we played guitar and sang our favourite songs by the fireplace. Others were rather in a dancing mood and Guosta was filled with music and laughter until the early morning hours when it was time to get some sleep.
But of course, you cannot make friends when you sleep. This is why our Freshers got up before breakfast the next morning for some wake-up-dance-moves outside. The Indian members of our organizing team showed everyone how to have a great time – even if it is early in the morning, you are not a morning person and maybe not the best dancer. We all ended up moving and laughing and enjoying ourselves. The best way to start your day!
After breakfast, our Freshers were sent on a mission to find pieces of information in our annual Scavenger Hunt. Since we just had eaten and some of us had a little lack of sleep, we decided to take it easy and not rush the hunt. With brains and precision, our Freshers found every location that contained a hint, took pictures for later analysis and fiercely protected their team mascots. In the end, we had a lot of photos, many new team memories and a Lion King!
At lunchtime, everyone gathered in the food area of the camp. With a beautiful view of the sun reflecting from the lake downhill, we enjoyed our well deserved meal and Guosta at its best.
The afternoon was about relaxing and doing what you want to do. Not without some action though! Those who wanted and felt fresh enough, could participate in team sports like basketball, volleyball and soccer. The Freshers as well as the organizers showed their wild side and competed for the win until it was almost dinner time, while others were sitting by the lake, swimming or catching up on some sleep.
The second night in camp began – and that also meant the craziest games! Can you push an orange with a banana tied to your pants? Or eat a cookie that was placed on your head without using your hands? Our Freshers sure can! And they showed us what determination looks like. Just what you need to win the game and have a good party with your best friends afterwards! And this is just what we did. For those who wanted to have a short break or listen to the sounds of the guitar, the fire was lit again and uncountable rounds of Werewolf were played in the glimmer of the flames.
For us, this was the last night in Guosta for 2018. But we will be back soon and do it all over again! Making friends in a foreign country can be like finding a second home and having another family. For us, studying here means spending time together and helping each other. Freshers’ Camp was the perfect chance for our new students to start with that right now!
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Julia Kempen, Student of Veterinary Medicine


Erasmus+ International Staff Week 2018 at LSMU!


The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) has a pleasure to invite you to the 2nd International Staff Week 2018 ‘International Communication and Promotion: From Local to Global’ to be held in Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania, from 21 May to 25 May. This staff week aims to share the best experience in working with international students, promoting University and its study programmes, collaborating with partners and organising mobilities and networks. The target group is international office managers, international programme coordinators or anyone involved in internationalization.

Programme

Participation in the training week includes lectures, workshops, cultural and social events, networking, trip to Trakai and welcome dinner.

The preliminary staff week programme can be found here

Fees

There is no registration fee to join this staff week. However, the participants are expected to cover their travel, accommodation and daily expenses. EU-Applicants are requested to apply for an ERASMUS+ mobility at the International Office of their home institutions. Some social events during the staff week will be provided free of charge. 


Registration

Please register by using the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/P8dtpwnwNVo0foNn1

The deadline for registration is 15 April 2018. As the number of places is limited for 20 people, the participants will be selected based on the participants’ profiles and fields of interest. Participation will be limited to two persons per institution. In the selection process, priority will be given to the partner universities.

 

Contact information

Agnė Jašauskaitė

International Programme Coordinator
International Relations and Study Centre
A. Mickevičiaus g. 9, LT-44307 Kaunas, Lithuania
E-mail: agne.jasauskaite@lsmuni.lt
Phone: +370 37 395819


Rate Your studies!


Dear student,

We kindly ask you to take part in University's survey and rate a study subject you have completed. The survey is anonymous and will not take much time to answer 5 questions.
You can do it in two ways:

  • By clicking this link: https://bit.ly/35xcwxQ.
  • By scanning QR codes in poster with lecturers' photos you can find everywhere at LSMU.

LSMU Study Centre says big thank you for helping to improve study quality! 



LSMU Offers Studies for Prospective Students in Ukraine


To expand the geography of international collaboration, representatives of LSMU Jevgenij Razgulin (psychologist for international students) and Anton Rubis (student of Odontology, LSMU student ambassador), had visited Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 7-10.  The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences was presented in the STUDY.UA Fair in Kyiv on February 8-9. More than 5000 participants visited this fair. Prospective students and their parents visited the LSMU desk and were consulted about the study programs, accommodation and students' support system provided by LSMU. The most popular study programs in which prospective students were interested were Medicine, Health Psychology, Veterinary Medicine, Physiotherapy, Odontology, and Public Health. Also, a lot of students, who are finishing their studies in Ukraine were looking for Fellowship programs in LSMU. Representatives of LSMU had also visited the office of the biggest students' recruitment agency in Ukraine -"STUDIES.UA" which is now representing the LSMU in Ukraine. During the meeting, Jevgenij Razgulin presented University and discussed the ideas for future collaboration. Many Ukrainians are looking for quality and education which is recognized in Europe and worldwide, that is why there is a great interest in studying at LSMU.
text &photos: Jevgenij Razgulin

ESN LSMU at the 37th National Platform of ESN Lithuania


On the weekend of the 29th till 30th of September 2018, 5 delegates of ESN LSMU went on a trip to India!

Under the topic “Welcome on board to India” the Kaunas Technical University (KTU) organized the 37th national platform of the Erasmus Student Network Lithuania.

Delegations from all universities of Lithuania (with Erasmus programme), gathered in Kaunas to discuss the future of Erasmus projects, learn soft skills, elect coordinators and international delegates and, only this time, experience diversity and Indian culture.

Saturday:

During the event the LSMU delegates had the opportunity to learn about the Erasmus live in other countries, as delegates from ESN Germany and ESN Poland gave an insight to their work. Budget and action plans were discussed to build the base for a successful new academic year, in which new doors have been opened and fresh, motivated people are willing to give everything to make the Erasmus experience in Lithuania great again (#nonpolitic). A new committee, responsible for finding new partners and handling the finances, was founded. The delegates learned during presentations, how to promote events, handle IT and finances and got trained in working within the ESN Lithuania system.

In the evening the delegates from LSMU put all their energy together to perform an original Indian dance and competed against other universities. Guess who was asked to perform even twice! Later they mingled with delegates from other universities and showed their knowledge during a fantastic quiz night. All of this while enjoying Indian cuisine, getting Henna-tattoos and connecting with people from all over Lithuania.

Sunday:

The second day of the event mostly consisted of workshops, votings and great Indian food. During the workshops, the delegates were taught in PR-skills, how to improve their productivity with open source tools, met their colleges in different positions and got to know the Erasmus Network a bit more. Later they voted for a new events manager, a new national representative, and representatives of Lithuania visiting the Council of National Representatives.

What did the delegates take with them form the event?

Besides knowledge exchange about event planning and organization, the delegates learned about basic and specific structures in the Erasmus Network, new ways to find sponsors, connected with coordinators and other important people in the network and saw how fantastic a national event can be planned.

If You got interested in what happens in the Erasmus Student Network, come visit us on Facebook as “ESN LSMU Kaunas” and start your journey of self-improvement, diversity and friendship.

Christan Brand, Vice President of ESN LSMU

Photos: Erasmus Student Network Lithuania

Erasmus Student Network AISBL
Rue Joseph II 120 - 1000 Brussels – BELGIUM
www.esn.org

The Graduation Ceremony on 29 June 2018


We are pleased to announce that the biggest and most awaited event of the year 'Diplomas Graduation Ceremony' will be held on 29 June 2018.
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Žalgirio arena, Karaliaus Mindaugo ave. 50

The program of event will be announced later. 

  

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Last entrance exam session held in Sweden


The last entrance exams for the academic year 2019/2020 have been held in Stockholm on 1-2 July. International programme coordinators Simona Černiauskienė and Aušra Dapkevičienė arranged the exams and interviews for prospective students.

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On 1 July they organized an exam for more than 60 students not only coming from a number of student recruitment agencies like Study for a Better Future, Studin, Eduplanet but individuals as well. After a round of interviews, a number of applicants were offered studies at LSMU: 8- Medicine, 8- Veterinary Medicine and 13 at Odontology. A long day was completed by a presentation of the University by LSMU graduate Sara Madelene Johansson who has a successful career as a Veterinary doctor and Navid Ghouds, 3rd year Medicine student. They shared their experiences and warm memories about studies in Kaunas.

Applicants from “MD International” agency sat the entrance exam on 2 July. Two applicants successfully passed the test and were offered to study Medicine and Odontology.

The entrance exams are reaching the finish line. We wish all our future students a pleasant summer and look forward seeing them in September, this time in Kaunas, as LSMU 1st year students.

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LSMU Pharmacists in FIP World Congress of Pharmacy


 Professor Liudas Ivanauskas, Head of Department of Analytical and Toxicological Chemistry and PhD Candidate Laurynas Jarukas visited 79th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences which was held in Abu Dabhi, UAE on 22-26th, September.

20190925_113943.jpg (zoomed, 675x900) Like the profession in the rest of the developed world, pharmacy in Lithuania is moving towards new horizons in practice and education through the provision of world-class healthcare for its population and a first-rate education system for its health care practitioners. "All pharmaceutical professionals must adapt to new challenges and be integrated partners in the health system" - was the main announced message by FIP president Dominique Jordan. The conference outcomes included innovation topics, such as 3D medicines printing. These days, pharmaceutical companies are investing in 3D medicines printing technology. It has proven to be a way of prototyping new products in a cost-efficient and effortless manner. In addition, the technology is now moving into a new realm: printing the finished drugs themselves. The new pills can be tailored to patients in terms of its dose, size, appearance and delivery, making drugs safer and more effective.


Entrance examinations in Sweden completed


On 21 and 22 of June in Stockholm, Sweden, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) International Programme coordinator Laima Dobilienė and psychologist Jevgenij Razgulin organised entrance examinations to the LSMU study programmes. 36 applicants came to sit the entrance examination to four study programmes in English. 16 of them passed the exam and were invited to study Medicine, Odontology and Veterinary Medicine study programmes.

After the examinations and motivation interviews, LSMU delegates presented the University faculties, departments, extracurricular activities and answered practical questions.

Prospective students were excited getting an offer to study biomedical sciences at the LSMU and are eagerly awaiting the start of their studies in upcoming autumn. The information received from the current students and/or Students Ambassadors as well as their own Open Days impressions encouraged the applicants to make the decision and come to study in Lithuania.

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Productive week in Berlin


Closing to the end of March Simona Černiauskienė and Agnė Jašauskaitė, international programme coordinators, visited Berlin to represent the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and to perform two entrance examinations for applicants who are supposed to join the University’s academic community in the coming September.

Twenty-two applicants sat the test of biology and chemistry and had interviews with the LSMU representatives. The prospective students showed good knowledge during the test, and 16 applicants were invited to study general medicine, 3 – odontology, 1 – veterinary medicine and 1 – pharmacy. The students have heard many positive reviews about LSMU and wanted to join their friends and relatives who are already studying at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.  

Presentation about LSMU was delivered after the completion of exam, prospective students were introduced to the structure of the University, study programmes available in English, applied study methods and students' life.

Simona and Agnė were satisfied with the outcomes of Berlin’s visit. All the young, passionate and smart people were given the opportunities to study at LSMU and join our international community of medical academics that made the trip fruitful for the institution and the young individuals alike.

Text&photos: Simona Černiauskienė


The LSMU study programmes in English and exchange opportunities were presented in Sakartvelo


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On 20-24 February, LSMU international programmes coordinators of International Relations and Study Centre - Žaneta Dičkutė, Kęstutis Gasevičius and foreign student psychologist Jevgenij Razgulin went to Sakartvelo, Tbilisi, where together with the Lithuanian Education Exchanges Support Foundation and other Lithuanian universities participated in the international Sakartvelo study fair. 1.jpg (regular, 500x370) 
During the visit, LSMU representatives were invited to meet Ambassador in Sakartvelo of the Republic of Lithuania - Giedrius Puodžiūnas. Representatives of the embassy shared information about the country's cultural peculiarities, news of educational system and migration, also advised on the methods to be used in entering to this market, and kindly promised their assistance.

The International Study Fair was exceptional by the amount of visitors, active interest in participating institutions and we were fascinated by the young people knowledge of the English language and the purposeful search for information about the study programmes of interest. 2.jpg (zoomed, 675x900)LSMU representatives responded to visitors’ questions, introduced study programmes in English, also the state scholarships offered by the Republic of Lithuania to the residents of Sakartvelo and further employment opportunities after completing their studies in Lithuania. Young people studying at Sakartvelo Universities were interested in opportunities to study at LSMU master degree programmes or participate in exchange programmes and study at LSMU for a semester or a full academic year. The group of Sakartvelo students from Lithuanian Language and Culture Center helped Lithuanian higher education institutions and encouraged visitors to study in a friendly country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Žaneta Dičkutė, LSMU International Programmes Coordinator, also visited three Tbilisi Higher Education Institutions - Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgian National University and The University of Georgia (in February 2019 was submitted a joint application for an Erasmus + exchange project supporting higher education mobility activities between Program Countries and Partner Countries).

3.jpg (regular, 375x500)LSMU and Sakartvelo Universities seek funding for the Erasmus + programme for mutual students exchange for studies, traineeships as well as lecturers and staff mobility activities, so visits to universities and meetings with international programmes coordinators, faculty representatives and students from partner universities have been important for the successful preparation of the Erasmus+ project  implementation and administration. 

In Tbilisi State Medical University (TSMU) a meeting was arranged with the Head of International Relations Department Nino Kandelaki and Head of the Foreign Studies Department prof. David Topuria, who exchanged their experience of international project coordination and discussed administrative issues for the joint Erasmus+ exchange project.  TSMU is one of the oldest and largest medical science universities in Sakartvelo, with its structure and size close to LSMU: it has about 8,000 students, including 2300 international students from 61 countries worldwide. Already for 20 years, the Medical study programmes at TSMU run in three languages: Kartvelian, Russian and English, which attracts foreign citizens for a comparatively small tuition fee.  In the Erasmus+ exchange program, TSMU cooperates with a large number of universities in European countries and exchanges with LSMU are seen as an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in the implementation and application of the Problem Based Learning (PBL) method in the study process. TSMU is currently undergoing structural changes in study programmes, transforming subjects into modules, and according to prof. D. Topuria, TSMU students and teachers mobility to LSMU will help to learn about different structure of study programmes and acquire new learning skills and educational competences.

The TSMU International Relations Department staff organized a University tour, introduced the Simulation Center, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training Laboratories.  Also, the Deans of the Faculties and the members of student organizations were invited to the meeting with the LSMU International Programmes Coordinator, who presented the LSMU structure, academic, clinical and international activities, study programmes in English, and Erasmus+ project mobility results. Students were particularly interested in the possibilities of Erasmus studies and placements at LSMU, practical mobility issues, social services and financial support for students.

At Georgian National University (SEU), the LSMU representative was invited to meet with Nino Chkhikvadze, International Relations Division Coordinator, Lia Leverashvili, Medical Programme Manager, and Vice-Rector for Studies and International Cooperation Giorgi Tskhvediani. SEU is the largest private university in the country, founded in 2001, where the Medical Study Programme was launched only five years ago, but it runs only in English, with local and foreign students studying together. So far, the SEU cannot display a large number of foreign students, but Vice-Rector Tskhvediani emphasized that young and energetic academic staff, actively involved in the introduction of new innovative teaching methods and tools, help to develop a dynamic study environment and attract more students from other countries.  In September 2019, the door should be opened of newly built and equipped SEU administrative and training center, and in the future it aims to create an integrated base of study and clinical practice. Currently, the SEU Medical Center carries out primary health care, and clinical discipline students are studying in other Tbilisi hospitals with whom SEU has a cooperation agreement. 4.jpg (regular, 500x375)

The infrastructure of another private Georgian university (UG) is also rapidly expanding: the labs that still smell of paint, and the phantom practical work rooms are waiting for students returning after the autumn semester.  Established in 2004 as a US University, UG follows the values of the Western world and seeks to develop a free, creative, critical minded citizen of the world. Medical and Dentistry study programmes are only in English, with the majority of foreign students enrolled in these study programmes (1032 international students). During the visiting tour Elene Gigineishvili, head of the Odontology programme, named the advantages of UG: The Faculty of Odontology is equipped with the latest demonstration equipment and materials, training is in small groups, and during the practical work, the lecturer has no more than 5 students. One of the greatest program attractiveness indicators, E. Gigineishvili has named exchange agreements with US universities for short-term odontology studies and internships, and UG is proud to have a large number of partnerships in various regions of the world - Europe, North America, as well as Japan, Australia. According to Giorgi Imedashvili, Head of International Students and International Relations at UG, active international activities, participation in international projects, development of international study programmes is the goal and tool of the whole academic community of establishing a high UG position among the Sakartvelo universities and justifying the name of innovative university.

The sincere wish of Sakartvelo universities to cooperate with the LSMU in exchange programme and other international projects has shown that the University is recognised as a significant partner in the European region, and the Erasmus + project opens up wide opportunities for the exchange of new ideas, knowledge and experience.

Authors: Žaneta Dičkutė, Kęstutis Gasevičius, Jevgenij Razgulin. (Photos by authors)


LSMU was presented in Netherlands and Belgium


On 22-25 of November, the representatives of LSMU, Jevgenij Razgulin (International study and relations centre) and Durckheim Blessing (student of Medicine, LSMU student ambassador) had a visit to two of three Benelux countries – to The Netherlands and Belgium. They have participated in study Fairs organized by „The Go Abroad Fair“. The first two days the study fair took place in Utrecht (the Netherlands) and on the third day – in Ghent (Belgium). The most popular study programs in which prospective students were interested were Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Odontology and Public Health. Representatives of LSMU also made the presentation „Why to study at LSMU: Student‘s experience“ in the lecture hall of the fairs. On the last day of the trip, Jevgenij Razgulin had visited the Lithuanian embassy in Brussels where he presented LSMU to the local community of Lithuanians, also, he had a meeting with HE the Ambassador of Lithuania in Belgium, Luxemburg, and Algeria Rita Kazragienė and the other employees of the embassy. Together they were sharing the ideas on how to attract more students from Belgium to study in LSMU and to make our country and the university better known in Benelux countries.

Text&Photos: Jevgenij Razgulin


The International Staff Training and Teaching Week 2019 at LSMU


The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) has a pleasure to invite you to the united International Staff Training and Teaching Week 2019 ‘Intercultural Competences: Importance and Impact’ to be held in the Hansa city of Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania from 6 May to 10 May, 2019!

Staff Week (SW) is designed for both, teachers and staff.

For teachers SW offers the opportunity to teach the local and international students in the various biomedical and health sciences, and to develop professional networks and collaboration. The target group is teaching staff in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health, Veterinary Medicine, Food Science, Animal Science and other health-related programmes.

For staff SW offers the opportunity to interact with the colleagues from other countries, to share experience and ideas in the field of internationalization and intercultural communication. The target group is international office managers, international academic coordinators or staff members involved in international activities.

For both we offer various social and cultural activities for knowing each other and networking with participants and colleagues from LSMU. We invite you to experience Lithuanian hospitality, to explore local food, culture and traditions.

Programme

SW includes individual teaching activities (for teachers), lectures, workshops (for staff), interactive games and networking, cultural and social events.

Welcome dinner, Festival of Lithuanian Taste and trip to the medieval city of Trakai are the highlights which should not be missed!

 The International Teacher and Staff Week at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences  6-10 May, 2019

The full Week programme is available here.

Fees

There is no participation fee. All events of the week (including coffee breaks, lunches, welcome dinner) will be covered by LSMU.

Participants are expected to cover their travel, accommodation and other expenses (not related to the SW programme).

Participants are invited to apply in the framework of Erasmus+ teacher/staff mobility or other mobility programme.

Registration

Please register here: bit.ly/registration-May6-10

Registration deadline: 1 March, 2019 

What do the participants of the previous SW at LSMU say? Please click here.

Do you have any questions? Please contact us:

For Staff:

Agnė Jašauskaitė
E-mail: agne.jasauskaite@lsmuni.lt
Phone: +370 37 395819

For Teachers:

Žaneta Dičkutė
E-mail:
zaneta.dickute@lsmuni.lt
Phone: +370 37 397209

 

Moments from past SW

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