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Conclusion of Inter-university agreement with Vytautas Magnus University (VMU)

On the 23rd of October 2018, Gunma University and Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) have concluded an inter-university agreement. At the signing ceremony for the agreement,


from the VMU side,

President Juozas Augutis,

Vice President (International Relations) Ineta Dabasinskiene,

Dean of Faculty of Humanities, Ruta Eidukeviciene,

Head of the Centre for Asian Studies, Assoc. Prof. Aurelijus Zykas,

Director of International Cooperation department, Ilona Kazlauskalte attended.


Director of the International Centre Prof. Michiko Suematsu,

Prof. Takashi Ito and Assoc. Prof. Tetsuo Kitamura from the Faculty of Education, attended as representatives of Gunma University.

VMU is one of the leading universities of Lithuania founded in 1922 in Kaunas as the second-largest city in Lithuania, has about 9,000 students including graduates. There are 10 academic divisions such as Natural Sciences, Informatics, Law, Economics & Management, Arts, and Political Sciences & Diplomacy. They have a Centre for Asian Studies which has researchers from Europe, Japan, China and South Korea. There are about 900 international students from countries in and outside the EU, and more than 500 courses are taught in English.

The city, Kaunas had a Japanese consulate during World War II where a Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara issued “life visas” to save thousands of Jewish residents of the city. The memory of Chiune Sugihara strongly connected people in Lithuania to Japan and there are many Japanophiles.  We hope this agreement leads to burgeoning ties between our two countries and we look forward to further Japan-Lithuania friendship exchanges.