16 June 2021

The Third Arqus Rectors’ Council Meeting Was Chaired by VU Rector Rimvydas Petrauskas

Following the last meeting in November 2020, the rectors of the seven Arqus universities have come together once again in an on-line meeting to take stock of the first period...

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9 June 2021

Record-High VU Position: University Makes it to the Top 400 World Universities

In the latest QS World University Rankings 2022, Vilnius University (VU) took a record high position and for the first time, ranked 400th in this ranking. This is also the highest...

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7 June 2021

VU Will Contribute to the Development of a Regional Life Sciences Strategy in the A4L_ACTIONS Project

The kick-off conference of the H2020 project A4L_ACTIONS, connecting twelve members from the strategic partnership called Alliance4Life, took place on 25 May. This event opened the continuation of the previously...

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31 May 2021

Partnership Institute employee Selection based on the Highest Standards and the Application of best Practices

The Partnership Institute of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), which will focus on developing gene editing technologies, will soon start operating at the Life Sciences Centre of Vilnius University...

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27 May 2021

Stress Beneficial in all Situations Requiring Prompt and Effective Action – VU Psychologist

The pace of life and the environment we live in in this day age make it nearly impossible to live completely stress-free. However, Vilnius University (VU) psychologist Inga Truskauskaitė-Kunevičienė points...

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26 May 2021

Showing the Human Face Behind Academic Titles: Portraits of VU Lecturers by Morozovas

This May, Vilnius University (VU) presented an artistic project in the form of a portrait gallery of its lecturers, featuring works by the documentary Artūras Morozovas in close cooperation with...

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VU Professor Invited to the World's Elite Scholars' Organization

Siksnys EdgarasVirginijus Šikšnys, VU professor – the first Lithuanian scientist invited to join the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) as an Associate Member. Outstanding European and world scholars of exceptional life time achievements may be associated to this prestigious organization.


On May 23, V. Šikšnys, the professor of VU Biotechnology Institute was elected as EMBO Associate together with other 7 world teams from Harvard Medical School, Peking University, the Genome Institute of Singapore, and other top-level education institutions.

Professor V. Šikšnys explores the CRISPR system, which allows a precise cut of a desired DNA sequence of various organisms and thus correct the errors caused by wrong genes. His discovery opens the way for a revolution in medicine and agriculture. This year professor V. Šikšnys together with other four world scientists was awarded with the prestigious Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, established by the Harvard University.

VU Rector Artūras Žukauskas admits that this high international rating of the Lithuanian professor is of great significance to the whole country, it demonstrates the global recognition of the VU scholars. According to VU Rector life sciences research is precisely the area where the university is highly successful in applying inventions in industry and business. The University contributes significantly to the development of high-value-added products and facilitates Lithuanian economy based on intellectual resources.

8 scholars from China, Japan, Singapore, the United States and Lithuania are elected as EMBO Associates. They carry on their researches in leading education institutions, such as Harvard Medical School, Genome Institute of Singapore, Harvard and Peking universities. As of 1964, 84 members of the organization were awarded with the Nobel Prize. It is highly expected that the above mentioned CRISPR technology may be awarded a Nobel Prize this year.

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