Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies of Vilniaus kolegija/University of Applied Sciences is a partner in the project “Smart and Safe Work Wear Clothing SWW” of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Program carried out under 2014-2020 European territorial cooperation objective. Thematic priority of the project is Capacity for Innovation. Lead partner – Centria University of Applied Sciences in Kokkola (Finland). Project duration 1st of March 2016 – 28th of February 2019. The main goal of the project is to improve competitiveness and to increase business possibilities for work wear enterprises in the Baltic Sea Region. The project focuses on mass customization of products for various end users. Over the following month the SWW project team will undertake the following actions to reach their target:

  • apply modern 3D body scanning technology to conceive functionally and aesthetically innovative better fitting work wear garments,
  • enhance workers’ safety and wellbeing by incorporating advanced wearable electronics into their work wear,
  • introduce newly created work wear to end users and design a model for small and medium size companies,
  • improve supply chain management.

The project engages skilful textile and clothing manufacturing technology researchers, work wear producers, end users as well as national textile and clothing branch organizations in Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland. More information www.centria.fi/SWW.

9th of March, Beijing Municipal Education Commission (BMEC), the government department who is in charge of Beijing education affairs overall, a 5-people delegation carried out and official visit to Vilniaus kolegija / University of Applied Sciences: Zheng Dengweng, the Deputy Director General if BMEC, head of the delegation, Wang Gang, Deputy Director-General of Beijing Minicipal Bureau of Finance, Xu Fang, Vice President of Capital University of Economics and Business, Gu Tiangang, Director of Beijing International Exchange Centre and Yin Lijun, Director of Education Committee of Haidian District Beijing. The prime purpose of the visit was to seek opportunity for official cooperation with local education administrative departments, universities and schools, and to promote bilateral education exchange between Beijing and Lithuania.

The delegation met with the Rector of Vilniaus kolegija/ UAS dr. Gintautas Bražiūnas, Head of International Office Mrs. Jolanta Preidiene, Dean of the Faculty of Electronics and Informatics dr. Romanas Tumasonis and head of the Development and Innovations Department Mrs. Aušra Netikšiene. Quests get acquainted with the Lithuania’s higher education system, study programmes offered by Vilniaus kolegija / UAS, also visited Faculty of Electronics and informatics and Career Days “Hi, I’m Engineer”, organised there.

The second Erasmus+ project “Partnerships to Ensure Risk Management in Practice” – PERM (project No. 2015-1-LV01-KA203-013436) Business Week took place in the faculty of Electronics and Informatics from February 6th to 10th. Students from Latvia BA School of Business and Finance, Stichting Hogeschool Rotterdam and Vilniaus kolegija/UAS – 36 in total – were involved in risk management lectures and had the possibility to deepen their knowledge and skills working on their tasks. In addition, they tested Risk Management gaming system designed by our students. At the end of the week the students presented their works.

More info about the project www.perm.lv.

Physical education‘s and sports center is participating in “Erasmus+” sports program “European everyday of sport” (572647-EPP-1-2016-1-BG-SPO-SCP-EUROPEAN EVERYDAY SPORT) project, which is co-ordinated by Bulgarian sports development association (www.bulsport.bg) and is seeking for good experience strengthening youth physical activity and health. Youth‘s physical and psychological health is one of the most important priority for The European Unions support strategy.

This project is aiming at increasing high-expectations speed and provides useful experience in innovative ways and methods in sports activities. Partners from Italy (“Mine Vaganti”), Slovakia (“ADEL Executive”), Croatia (“Rijeka Sport’s Association”), Hungary (“Hope for children”), Poland (“Institute of New Technologies Association”) and Lithuania (“University of Applied Sciences VIKO”) organize sports events, healthy lifestyle initiatives working with youth (http://www.eusport.org/about_evropean_everyday_of_project).

Celebrating February 16th  – Lithuania‘s Independence day, sport event “Freedom of movement” was organized at Vilniaus kolegija. Students and teachers from 3 gymnasiums and 1 university,  about 100 participants in total, joined this event. Info about the event was published on the list of activities, organised with reference to the President’s of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė initiative “Celebrate the February 16th in a creative way” (https://www.lrp.lt/vasario16/lt/iniciatyvos-registracija/5/vilniausm/view#municipality104).

In the framework of the project, a social research was conducted which will help to set essential Lithuania‘s school age children healthy and active life skills forming factors, to start doing sports stimulating motives, in which sports are they interested (http://apklausa.lt/f/europos-sporto-renginiai-tyrimo-apklausa-8se55av/answers/new.fullpage ). The data obtained will help to create new healthy lifestyle improving sport events for youth.

During the last week of January all new VIKO International students were invited to the Orientation Week. During this week students were involved in various activities and events organized by the International Office and VIKO mentors‘ team. International students had meetings with International Office, Erasmus+ coordinators, mentors, trip to Anykščiai, sightseeing in the Vilnius Old town and visited Place of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

We do hope that the main aim of the Orientation week was reached – to “break the ice” and to help international students easier adopt in the new country and institution.

This semester we have students from China, Croatia, Spain, Turkey, The Netherlands, France and Belgium.