A study visit to Lublin, including workshops

The first of three study visits will take place on 11-15 May 2015 in Lublin. It will see the participation of representatives of all project partners from Lublin, Vilnius and Ružomberok.

The participants in the meeting will discuss the following issues

  • How to facilitate cooperation between the city and universities?
  • How to systematise cooperation between the city, business and universities?
  • How to encourage more young people from Eastern Partnership countries to study in Lublin?
  • How to encourage talented individuals to stay in Lublin?
  • How to improve the quality of education for international students?
  • How to solve the problems of international students studying in Lublin?
  • How to combat negative opinions on international students?
  • What is the role of non-governmental organisations in supporting international students?

Answers to these questions can be found in a report summarising the study visit, which also includes good practices for partners from Lithuania and Slovakia, as well as ideas on how to cope with problems which will arise during the study visit.

Catholic University in Ružomberok

The Catholic University in Ružomberok is a public university with religious character. The Conference of Slovak Bishops and National Council of the Slovak Republic took part in its foundation.
CU performs its activities especially in the areas of the humanities, historical, pedagogical, and social and health sciences, as well as in the areas of art, economics, management, and law.

It was after the Velvet Revolution in the year 1989 when possibilities arose for the creation of CU in Slovakia. The Slovak bishops endeavoured to form a Faculty of Pedagogy which would educate Catholic teachers. The charter of the Pedagogical Institute of St. Andrew in Ružomberok was signed on 29 June 1995, in Dolná Krupá, and the first director was prof. RNDr. Jozef Ďurček, CSc.
The Law of the National Council of the Slovak Republic from 10 May 2000 about the establishment of the Catholic University in Ružomberok (CU) established the creation of CU from the 1 April 2000. CU became a public university with religious character from 1 April 2002.


International project meeting

On 20 March 2015 the first project partner meeting was held in Lublin. It was attended by representatives of the Lublin Municipality, of all the Lublin-based universities involved in the project and of a partner university in Vilnius.


The objective of this meeting was to enable the partners to get to know one another. Thanks to a presentation including all institutions present at the meeting, the partners could acquaint themselves with the operation profiles, and the specificity and potential of all partner institutions.

Furthermore, project activities, their goals, principles, schedules and implementation progress were discussed. This was with the focus on the organisation of the first study visit with workshops, which will take place in May 2015 in Lublin.

The meeting also constituted an opportunity to present Lublin to the partners from Vilnius.

Mykolas Romeris University

Located in Vilnius, Lithuania, Northern Europe, International University of Social Sciences, Humanities and Computer Sciences, established in 2004.

University Community unites about 15 500 students from Lithuania and 38 foreign countries and over 1200 of academic staff and administration.

MRU engages in fundamental and applied research, takes part in national, regional and international research programmes and projects, practically applies research results and disseminates them to the public. MRU interdisciplinary research experience carried out under the priority research areas:

  • Justice, Security and Human Rights;
  • Social Technologies;
  • National Sustainable Growth in the Context of Globalisation;
  • Improving the Quality of Life and Advancing Employment Opportunities;
  • Continuity and Change of Values in Global Society


Surveying the motivations of potential international students

Maria Curie-Skłodowska University is conducting interviews on the educational plans of young people in Eastern Partnership countries. This survey is aimed at last-grade high-school students, as well as at university students in their initial years of studies. We would like to encourage young people in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan to fill in the electronic questionnaire. This will take only 10 minutes!

To fill in the questionnaire, click on the link below.