As we see the Kaunas University of Applied Sciences in 2025 as a progressive European higher education institution, strategic guidelines for increasing the internationalization of the University of Applied Sciences activities are being set.
In response to this goal, the network of foreign higher education institutions with which we cooperate is constantly expanded, the involvement of the community in international activities is encouraged, international projects are carried out, etc. This year, expanding the geography of international cooperation, contracts were signed with universities in the United States of America (USA), South Korea and India.
Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, by signing a cooperation agreement with California State University, Chico, agreed to continue and strengthen cooperation activities, which will be conducted according to the principles of equality and impartial mutual benefit, to develop academic and cultural exchanges, scientific research and other activities, in order to support the internationalization of universities and increase their contribution to the well-being of the respective communities. Faculty of Business of the Kaunas University of Applied Sciences already has concrete cooperation plans for the future – dean of the faculty Dalia Ilevičienė, lecturer dr. Andrius Brusokas and Jolanta Valiaugienė, the Head of Unit for International Relations, met with the heads of study programmes during their visit to the University of California this fall, and the vice-rector of the university, dr. Debra Larson. For the third year in a row, professor Matthew Stone of this university comes to Kaunas University of Applied Sciences and gives lectures to students of the Tourism and Hotel Management study programme, participates in meetings with the University of Applied Science’s social partners. Scientists from other fields are also planning to come to Kaunas University of Applied Sciences next year.
Cooperation opportunities in Asia have been expanded with the signing of agreements with South Korea’s Myongji University in Seoul and the World University of Design located in Sonipat, India. In 2022, Erasmus+ inter-institutional cooperation agreements were signed with these universities, which provide the opportunity to use Erasmus+ mobility grants for students and lecturers’ exchanges.
This year three double degree agreements were signed with Thomas More University of Applied Sciences (Belgium). From now on, students of International Business, Logistics and Cyber Systems and Security study programmes who have spent a certain part of their studies at a foreign higher education institution have the opportunity to obtain two diplomas – not only from Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, but also from Thomas More University of Applied Sciences.
In 2022, another important step towards international cooperation was also taken – an institutional strategic partnership agreement was signed with Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Finland). Both higher education institutions are committed to promoting opportunities for collaborative activities at various levels: management, quality assurance, development of curricula and scientific research and technological development projects, pedagogical development, student services, human resource management and development, and other areas.