Vilnius University, one of the oldest and most famous establishments of higher education in Eastern and Central Europe, was founded in 1579. Its mission is to create, accumulate and disseminate knowledge in the atmosphere where old traditions and new ideas enrich each other. Freedom of thought and diversity of opinions are the main values of the University community. The University distinguishes itself by a broad spectrum of fundamental and applied research with the goal of international excellence in the interdisciplinary research.
Vilnius University has twelve faculties, seven institutes, and four study and research centers. Total number of students at VU in 2015 was 21,006, with additional 1,244 international students and with the academic staff of 1,348. Kaunas Faculty (KnF) is the only academic sub-unit of Vilnius University located in another city, where it was established in 1964. The students are offered nine BA level study programs: from English and Russian Languages and Audiovisual Translation to Economics, Economics and Management, Cultural Management etc. Research projects are also implemented, such as National Research Project “Impact of Organizational Ethics on Transformation of Organizational Innovativeness to Sustainable Innovations”, international research project FP7 Marie Curie IRSES scheme “Pro-ecological Restructuring of Jobs – PRORES”, etc.