Lithuania's Foreign Ministry signs a cooperation agreement with Kaunas University of Technology
On 22 July, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Inga Černiuk and the Rector of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Prof. Dr. Eugenijus Valatka signed a cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and KTU.
Lithuania's Foreign Ministry seeks to revitalise systematic cooperation with Lithuanian universities. The aim of the agreement is to expand the possibilities of academic cooperation and to strengthen ties with KTU. “The Foreign Ministry is open to further cooperation and new projects. Relations with the academic community can and should contribute to the implementation of the priorities of Lithuania's foreign policy and knowledge circulation in academic and public space,” said Černiuk.
Valatka assured that this agreement would open up wider opportunities for students. “It is always useful to test theoretical knowledge in practice, so I undoubtedly value this opportunity. We are delighted with this decision of the Foreign Ministry, as we seek to ensure that our students gain also interdisciplinary experience. KTU is not only open to international students, internationality is one of our strategic priorities", said the Rector.
This spring, rectors of universities were acquainted with the Foreign Ministry’s initiative to revitalise and strengthen systematic cooperation at a virtual meeting.
Some of the long-tested forms of cooperation remain attractive not only to the Foreign Ministry, but also to universities and students, including student practice, long-term exhibitions, expert insights, master’s competitions, and large-scale historical research. But they are acquiring new elements.
This year, student practice placements will not be limited only to the traditional Political or Regional Departments. For example, the Foreign Ministry would welcome students of finance, economics, IT, and accounting. Another new initiative — a mentoring programme that aims to strengthen cooperation between the Foreign Ministry's staff and students — has already been started. It is expected to bring mutual benefits. Other mutually beneficial forms of cooperation are also envisaged.