Official statement of EHU in regards to the SKVC institutional evaluation report

The Governing Board of the European Humanities University (EHU) cannot agree with the conclusions of the negative institutional evaluation of the University, conducted by Lithuania’s Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC).

In University’s opinion, the reforms of EHU, conducted in 2015-2017, made a substantial progress in fostering strategic management, studies and research, which was acknowledged by donors during the November 2017 Donors Conference.

Being the only University in the world, operating in exile, EHU has undergone a major reformation of the strategic management, as well as introduction of the new Strategic Plan 2016-2021, developed in deep cooperation with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in response to the SKVC recommendations, provided within the institutional evaluation report of February 2015. EHU regrets that SKVC did not manage to take into account the political nature and Belarus-focused legacy of the University in its report.

In 2015-2017 EHU has introduced a new Governing Board and General Assembly of Part-Owners membership, alongside with the new regulations on financial and organizational supervision. New organizational structure and optimized budgeting policy were introduced. Over 40 new regulations and policies in fields of studies, research and governance were adopted by the Oxbridge model-designed University Senate. Brand new Core Curriculum was introduced in cooperation with the Bard College. For two consecutive years of 2016 and 2017 EHU witnessed an increase in student admissions. The success of the EHU reforms was acknowledged by University donors during the recent Donors Conference, held on November 17, 2017.

In University’s opinion, SKVC did not acknowledge the official evidence-based response of the EHU, submitted on December 14, 2017 in regards to the draft report of SKVC.

EHU Governing Board works closely with the Government of Lithuania and partners, and seeks for a positive solution of the EHU’s institutional evaluation, in order to ensure the continuity of University’s operations in Vilnius.

EHU senior management and Governing Board will steadily inform students and faculty of the University upon new developments.

After EHU was shut down by Belarusian authorities in 2004, the University accepted an invitation of the Lithuanian Government to relocate to Vilnius. After receiving an official University status in Lithuania in March 2006, EHU made sure that 2124 Alumni were able to graduate from University’s degree programs in fields of humanities, social sciences and arts.

In AY 2017/18 there are 847 students at EHU, 95% of them are Belarusians.