The Institute for German Studies at the European Humanities University (EHU – 1992 founded in Minsk) was established in 1998. After the EHU was moved to Vilnius it was re-opened in 2009 under the name of the Center for German Studies. Since that time it has continuously contributed to the academic development of the EHU at its new operating place in the capital of the Republic of Lithuania.
The Center for German Studies at EHU is supported by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in Bonn, Germany, and by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The Center pursues a variety of academic tasks in research and teaching at the EHU as well as in the field of scholarly exchange between Germany, Lithuania, Belarus and the entire region of East-Central Europe.
Beginning with the new Study Year 2017/18, since October 1st, the Center for German Studies is headed by Prof. Dr. Gert-Rüdiger Wegmarshaus who commenced his duties based on a recent contract between the DAAD and the EHU. The organizational matters of the Center are reliably being operated by Ms. Daivita Jackeviciene. She is holding the position of the coordinator of the Center at the EHU since 2014.
The Scholarly and Administrative Obligations of the Center for German Studies include:
- Each semester, on a regular weekly basis, two lectures/seminars (each for two academic hours) are being held; currently the topics offered are in line with and supplementing the running Undergraduate (BA)-Programs of the EHU. This Winter-Term 2017/18, Prof. Wegmarshaus is teaching two courses: 1. Introduction to Germany: Politics, Economics, History, and 2. Philosophy and Culture. Both courses are currently taught in the English Language in order reach a wider audience. Starting from Winter-Term 2018/19 the Undergraduate Teaching of the Center of German Studies will be fully integrated (including granting ECTS) into the established and running BA-Programs at EHU. The teaching language shall be gradually shifted from English to German.
- Each semester, beginning with Spring Term 2018 will be held one Graduate (MA)-Seminar in accordance with the actual needs of EHU Graduate Programs.
- Each semester, beginning with Spring Term 2018 there will be regular scholarly contributions the existing PhD Programs at EHU.
- Each semester, starting Winter Term 2017/18 will be held a Movie Club featuring motion-pictures on a regular weekly basis with either German and/or European background. This Winter-Term the movies are presented in line with topics of the core curriculum of the running 2017/18 EHU Freshmen-Year of Undergraduate studies. After each film-session there will be time for clarifying discussion and critical debate.
- Each semester, starting with the Spring Term 2018 will be organized a weekly conversation club on German and European Issues in various fields of Interest: Policy and Politics (EU-Integration, EU-Neighborhood Policy with special regard to Belarus and Ukraine), Economics (EU-Common Market), Education, Technology and Environment; Arts and Culture. This conversation club shall be functioning on the English and/or German language basis.
- Each semester, starting with the Winter-Term 2017/18 will be organized, in close cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) Belarus, based in Vilnius, one or two German language courses focusing at issues of Politics and Society. These courses are designed for linguistically advanced students, wishing to further improve their German language skills as well as their knowledge of Germany.
- Each semester, starting with the Winter-Term 2017/18 will be organized one or two German language classes for absolute beginners. These courses are offered – for the time being – at a commercial basis with a moderate, affordable price for each participating student. The classes are held by experienced language teachers; the courses are designed to broadening the number of EHU-students with German language abilities.
- Based on the results of further German language teaching at EHU there will be reopened, starting with the Academic Year 2018/19 the VILNIUS ZERTIFIKAT DEUTSCHLANDSTUDIEN (The Vilnius Certificate for German Studies). This certificate course offers classes on Germany-related topics granting each successful participant per academic year up to 15 ECTS.
- The Center for German Studies is supporting running and new research projects at EHU.
Among these projects are:
- Projects of the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism dealing with issues of town development in Lithuania and the wider East-European Region.
- Projects within the Study Program of Cultural Heritage and Tourism.
- Projects within the Study Program Media and Visual Design.
- Projects within the fields of Hermeneutics, Social & Political Philosophy, and Semiotics.
- The Center for German Studies will be re-opening by January 2018 the once-existing academic discussion platform “Colloquium Vilnense” in order to provide an open scientific forum to EHU- and other Vilnius-based scholars working in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences.
- The Center for German Studies will be conducive to the invitation of Visiting professors for research workshops and for curricula-based teaching through DAAD grants, through grants from various academic foundations like “HERDER STIFTUNG” (professors emeriti) and through ERASMUS mobility schemes.
Academic Exchange with Germany
- The Center for German Studies will be actively working for the re-activation of long-existing scholarly ties with German universities, in particular those with bilateral EHU-agreements: In particular important are: The European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, the Humboldt-University Berlin, The University of Arts Berlin (UDK), the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee, the University of Potsdam, the BTU Cottbus, the Bauhaus University Weimar, and others.
- The Center for German Studies will be actively supporting the DAAD-applications for study trips with EHU Students for the Spring-Term 2018. These study trips to German partner-universities will be organized for June/Juy 2018 with three different student groups being enrolled in the programs: Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Media and Visual Design, Politics and Economy and EU- and International Law.
- The Center for German Studies will be actively contributing to the organization of a GoEAST Summer School by the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism to be held with DAAD-support in early September 2018.
Academic Cooperation within the Region East- and North-East Central Europe.
(Belarus, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Russian Federation)
- The Center for German Studies will be actively searching for additional academic partners in the area. In particular of interest are scientific institutions in the Baltic region: Latvia, Riga: Deutsch-Baltisches Hochschulkontor, Estonia: University of Tartu, Europa-College, Narva College, St.-Petersburg, State University, Faculties of Politologia and Sociology, Academy of Sciences: Center for the History and Sociology of Science.
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