23 July 2021

Augmented Reality Project 6th SinBio Sense will transfer Synthetic Biology to Phone Screens

This week saw the launching of another innovative, ongoing project of the Vilnius-Lithuania iGEM (global synthetic biology competition) team, aiming to introduce the public to synthetic biology. Using augmented reality...

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15 July 2021

VU Rector Prof. Rimvydas Petrauskas Addresses the Community: I Encourage Those Who Have Not Been Vaccinated to Do so Without…

In order to carry out studies at Vilnius University (VU) in a contact manner from September, VU Rector Prof. Rimvydas Petrauskas addressed the community, reminding him of the important mission...

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14 July 2021

In Memoriam Professor Albertas Čaplinskas (1942-2021)

Professor Dr Albertas Čaplinskas, one of the founders of Informatics Science in Lithuania, laureate of the Lithuanian Science Prize, passed away on July 11, 2021. Albertas Čaplinskas was a well-known...

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14 July 2021

VU’s Chemist Dr Žarkovas: Materials for Bone Regeneration Will Become Even More Relevant in the Future

Dr Aleksejus Žarkovas, researcher with the Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences of Vilnius university (VU) and a group of fellow researchers are looking into materials for generating damaged bones and...

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13 July 2021

Nord Security and Vilnius University Partner Up to Develop Innovative Solutions

Vilnius University (VU) and the cyber security solutions developer Nord Security have signed a cooperation agreement. The parties have agreed to strengthen the partnership between tertiary education and business and...

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12 July 2021

Spain’s PM Pedro Sánchez and Lithuania’s PM Ingrida Šimonytė Visited Vilnius University

On 8 July, within the framework of his visit to Lithuania, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Spain Pedro Sánchez and Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania Ingrida Šimonytė...

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Vilnius University Symbols: Coat of Arms, Academic Regalia and Traditional Ceremonies

universiteto simboliai 3DVilnius University (VU) Press recently published a new book by Dr. Ramūnas Kodratas and Daiva Kubeckienė from Vilnius University Museum. The book, titled “Vilnius University Symbols: Coat of Arms, Academic Regalia and Traditional Ceremonies”, was published in both Lithuanian and English.

“Every Lithuanian has a reason to be proud of Vilnius University, because during the many centuries of its existence, VU represented Lithuania in the world and educated many famous scientists, writers, business leaders and political figures. Without our university, Lithuania would not have had Adam Mickiewicz, Simonas Daukantas, Konstantinas Sirvydas, Motiejus Kazimieras Sarmievijus and other great minds. During more than 400 years of its history, Vilnius University had times of great rise and prosperity as well as many falls and shutdowns; nevertheless, it persevered and was reborn again and again. The university changed greatly during these years, but its main goals remained what they are today – a university that is European, capable to s motivate its community and strengthen the whole country. Vilnius University always was, and will continue to be, the guiding star of higher education in Lithuania. Many great people are currently studying and working here, spreading the news about Lithuania as an intellectual, progressive and innovative country”, Vilnius University rector prof. Artūras Žukauskas said.

Vilnius University symbols (coat of arms, Rector’s regalia, and traditional ceremonies) are an integral part of historical transformations of this school. According to the authors of the book, Vilnius University Rector’s regalia and the coat of arms are the main symbols of the university’s rights and academic autonomy. They are still used during every celebration – at the beginning and ending of an academic year, during visits of high-ranking guests, public and Church holidays.

University’s regalia and main symbols were just as important as any royal artefacts for a very long time. The authors seek to present the main elements and creators of these symbols, as well as their historical context. They also reveal the importance of Vilnius University’s symbolic attributes as a heritage that is still present today, helping to unite the academic community and recognise the university as an institution of long-standing traditions.

The book will soon be available at “Littera”, “Akademinė knyga”, “Vaga”, and at online bookstores,,

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