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).
GAPO members are represented by:
Horton Bebee-Center, President of the Eurasia Foundation
Eitvydas Bajarūnas, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and Chairman of the Board of the Eastern Europe Studies Center
Leonard Bernardo, regional director for the Eurasia region at the Open Society Foundation
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
Prof. Sergei Ignatov, ex officio (Bulgaria)
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
Mindaugas Kačerauskis (Lithuania)
Сounselor at the Development Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
Mr. Artiom Anisimov (Belarus)
EHU Alumnus, Space Advocate at Noosphere Ventures
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.
By the decision of EHU’s General Assembly of Part-Owners (GAPO), Professor Aliaksandr Kalbaska has been appointed Acting Rector from January 2, 2018.
Senate is the University’s academic self-governance body. All faculty with the workload of 0,75 FTE and above, five student representatives, Chief for Academic Affairs and Heads of the Academic Departments and the Rector’s Office 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 Rector.
The Chair of the Senate is Prof. Oleg Bresky and Senate Vice-Chair is Assoc. Prof. Galina Orlova.
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).