EHU’s operations are overseen by an international Governing Board. The Governing Board is responsible for the strategic direction, finances, and effective functioning of the university.
Following membership composition of the Governing Board is adopted for the 3 years period, starting December 14, 2016:
- Chair Mr. Per Carlsen (Denmark)
Former Ambassador of Denmark to Latvia
- Vice Chair Ms. Eva Srejber (Sweden)
Former Vice President of the European Investment Bank
- Prof. Anatoli Mikhailov, ex officio (Belarus)
President of the European Humanities University
- Mr. Jørgen Jørgensen, ex officio (Denmark)
Acting Rector of the European Humanities University
- Prof. Ludger Kühnhardt (Germany)
Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn
- Prof. Michael Kennedy (USA)
Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University
- Mr. Jonas Paslauskas (Lithuania)
Ambassador-at-Large for Eastern Neighborhood
- Mr. Artiom Anisimov (Belarus)
EHU Alumnus, Space Advocate at Noosphere Ventures
EHU’s General Assembly of Part-Owners (GAPO) is the superior governing body of the University. It oversees University’s finances and senior management, as well as takes the utmost strategic decisions. GAPO brings together organizations that reestablished EHU in Lithuania after its closure in Minsk. These include the Eastern Europe Studies Centre (Lithuania), and the Open Society Foundations (United States), and the Eurasia Foundation (United States).
Founding Rector Prof. Anatoli Mikhailov was appointed president of EHU in October of 2014.
A respected scholar of German philosophy, Professor Mikhailov sought to create an alternative to the system of education that his newly-independent country had inherited from the Soviet Union.
Inspired by the model of a Western liberal arts university, Professor Mikhailov founded EHU in 1992. Within a decade, EHU had become widely-recognized as one of the best universities in Belarus.
In the run-up to EHU’s forced closure, Professor Mikhailov and his staff came under intense pressure to conform to the demands of Belarus’s increasingly authoritarian government. The government was bent on extending control over higher education in the country. Refusing to succumb to such pressure, Professor Mikhailov left Belarus as authorities shut down EHU in Minsk.
With the remarkable support of donors in North America and Europe, Professor Mikhailov led the reestablishment of EHU in Vilnius, capital of neighboring Lithuania, and was reappointed rector by EHU’s international Governing Board. That the university has survived repression, forced closure, and exile is a tribute to his extraordinary leadership and perseverence.
Professor Mikhailov received his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Jena. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts as well as the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences and other educational organizations. He is also a member of the International Council at the International Centre for Democratic Transition. In 2003, Professor Mikhailov was given the rank of Officer in France’s Order of Academic Palms and in 2004 he received Germany’s prestigious Goethe Medal.
Mr. Jørgen Jørgensen was appointed EHU Acting Rector in September 2016. Before that, he served as Administrative director at the Aarhus University, Denmark’s second largest university.
Mr. Jørgensen’s professional background lies in the area of ministerial work at the Danish Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of the Interior and Health, where he has served in different capacities during a significant number of meetings on European Union, United Nations, and World Health Organization levels. During that time Mr. Jørgensen also served as personal secretary to four cabinet ministers in aforementioned ministries.
After fulfilling his career in the area of financial control of Copenhagen city municipality, for over 20 years Mr. Jørgensen served as Chief Executive Officer at Denmark’s leading hospitals, including Bispebjerg Hospital and Rigshospitalet, being responsible for implementation of structural, financial and organizational reforms not least due to a strict budget policy and a consistent growth of the research budget.
Given his outstanding managerial expertise and financial discipline, Mr. Jørgensen has also served as Administrative director at the Aarhus University, carrying out organizational changes as a result of University and its staff mergers.
Mr. Jørgensen сhairs the Board of the Statens Serum Institut (Danish Center for Disease Control), and Chairman of the Red Cross division in Hørsholm municipality. He is also Program Manager for Danish Program for Clinical Research Infrastructure.
Mr. Jørgensen earned his Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen. He went on to complete the European Health Leadership Program at France’s prestigious business school INSEAD.
Married, has three children and four grandchildren.
EHU’s Senate is the University’s body of academic self-governance. All faculty working at the University under employment contracts of at least 27 hours per week as well as five student representatives and the Chief for Academic Affairs are members of the Senate.
The Senate is responsible for assessing research results and the level of the University’s scientific and artistic activities, internal quality assurance, determining procedures for admission to study programs, qualification requirements for teaching and academic staff positions, establishing rules for the awarding of the title of Professor Emeritus, suggesting candidates for honorary titles of the University, and preparing the Code of Academic Ethics and Teaching and Learning Regulations for approval by the University Council.
The Chair of the Senate is Professor Emeritus Ryhor Miniankou and Senate Vice-Chair is Professor Almira Ousmanova.
Students also elect the Students’ Union – an autonomous body of the student government, which represents the interests of EHU students both within the University and beyond.
Students’ Union as the representative body is elected every new academic year, and operates in accordance with its charter. It is composed of the president, vice-president and other members. In addition, the Student Union delegates five of its members to the Senate of EHU
The President of the Students’ Union is Tsimafei Malakhouski, 1st year student of the undergraduate program “World Politics and Economics”, and Vice President – Trapeznicova Evgenia, 1st year student of the undergraduate program “Media and Communication”.
Members of the Council of the EHU Students’ Union are:
- Hadzetskaya Kseniya (undergraduate program “Cultural Heritage and Tourism”, 4th year);
- Zychkova Marharyta (undergraduate program “Media and Communication”, 2nd year);
- Maximchuk Nikolay (undergraduate program “Media and Communication”, 2nd year);
- Ramanishkin Siarhei (undergraduate program “Cultural Heritage and Tourism “, 4th year);
- Shcherba Lizaveta (program “Media and Communication “, 1st year).
EHU’s Student Service coordinates services provided to students; promotes students’ creative initiatives, their public activity, national identity, social maturity and responsibility, and intellectual and cultural activities.
The Student Service:
fosters cooperation and mutual assistance among various student organizations within the university, as well as interaction with university departments and other external organizations and people
- organizes students’ extracurricular activities
- organizes conferences, seminars, and round tables
- publishes leaflets, posters, and newspapers
- conducts sociological research among students and alumni
- participates in solving problems in the student community
- promotes alumni relations and activities
EHU’s Student Service is here to help. To contact EHU’s Student Service, message at email@example.com.