Rector

BraziunasPhD, docent Gintautas Bražiūnas was born on 5 September 1949 in Vilnius. In 1967 he finished Vilnius A. Vienuolio secondary school, in the years 1967-1972 studied at Kaunas Polytechnic Institute at the Dept. of Radioelectronics. In 2000 G. Bražiūnas graduated from the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Dept. of Management) and received Master’s degree. In 2004 he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation and became a PhD of physical sciences.

In 1972-1975 G. Bražiūnas was a lecturer at Vilnius Polytechnic, in 1976-1986 he worked as Deputy Director for academic affairs at Vilnius Polytechnic and in 1986-1991 he became a director of Vilnius Electronics Technical School.

After the restoration of Lithuania independence new type institutions – higher schools were founded on the base of technical schools. In 1992 G. Bražiūnas has been appointed a director of the Higher School of Electronics.

The transformation of higher education started in Lithuania in 1999. In 2000, the best higher schools were merged into one large higher school – Vilniaus kolegija/ University if Applied Sciences. G. Bražiūnas became a temporary rector and in 2008 G. Bražiūnas was elected as the first rector of Vilniaus kolegija/ University of Applied Sciences. On the 14th of March 2013 The College Board has elected G. Bražiūnas for the second term as the rector of Vilniaus kolegija/University of applied Sciences.

G. Bražiūnas is active not only in studies but also in area of science: scientific presentations were made at conferences held in Latvia, Hungary, Belgium, he also participated in internships in Finland, Germany and Belgium. In 2007-2010 he was the member of European Higher Education Quality Register (EQAR) Committee, the member of Expert Council on Science and Study institutions, the member of the Bologna process follow-up group in Lithuania, as well as the expert of European University Association (EUA) Institutional evaluation programme.

In 2000-2004 G. Bražiūnas was vice president of European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE), is now elected as a member of the board of the association. In 2010-2013 G. Bražiūnas was a president of Lithuanian University College Retors Conference.

In 2001, G. Bražiūnas was awarded the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas I rank medal and in 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate at the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences.