"The Institute is the place where your ideas may be brought into being. Exceptionally bristling and creative spirit, which teaches you to trust your powers and implement your boldest plans, prevails here" Prof. Ramūnas Vilpišauskas
Institute of International Relations and Political Science (IIRPS) at Vilnius University is one of the most prominent social sciences institutions in Eastern Europe and the Baltic region. The Institute is an academic institution specializing in social and political sciences. IIRPS holds a faculty status at Vilnius University. The Institute has been educating a new generation of intellectual elite in Lithuania for more than 25 years. The young generation that is curious, socially active, oriented towards universal education and possessing minds of wide scope. After the establishment in 1992, the Institute has quickly become one of the leading social sciences institutions and was one of the first in the Baltic region to develop a political science program. Soon after that it grew into an active actor in the academia as well as the society.
The Institute is proud to have gathered together a number of prominent experts on national, European and international politics who are renowned for their competent and original public commentaries, expert knowledge and professional experience. Our experts conduct both critical analysis of contemporary social science issues, political philosophy, international relations, and policy oriented research, for example, in policy administration and public policy analysis. They have contributed extensively to the analysis of Lithuania’s accession into the EU and NATO and its role in these organizations and other international structures, country’s relationships with its neighbours in the region, including Nordic-Baltic countries, Poland as well as Eastern partners.
The institute is the highest-rated research institution in Lithuania according to the Lithuanian Research and Higher Education Analysis Centre (MOSTA). Centre’s experts acknowledged the institute for high-level international publications, participation in various international research networks (including ECPR, EUSA, APSA, and ISA) as well important research projects carried out. The assessment also praised the Institute for its’ significant impact on social and economic development of Lithuania, noting the influence on policy-making as well as close ties to decision-makers and society.
IIRPS conducts three-level studies: BA in Political Science and six MA Master programmes: International Relations and Diplomacy, European Studies, Studies of Contemporary Politics, Public Policy Analysis, Politics and Media and Eastern European and Russian Studies (the latter taught in English). We also conduct full time and external PhD studies.
For more than ten years IIRPS remains amongst the top choices among Lithuanian high school graduates attracting students with outstanding exam achievements. On different criteria the Institute boasts the most motivated students who excel in their studies and are actively involved into social life of the Institute.
"The major weakness of academia is its tendency to stagnate. <...> VU IIRPS is different in that sense – it's inquisitive and lively. This is where the spark of science lies."
"Vilnius University has one of the best graduate programs in this sphere, plus, it is in Eastern Europe and studying here helps us - students to deeply analyze and compare the theoretical knowledge to everyday life."
"My interest in Eastern Europe and Russia is not surprising as my country is part of this region. One of the main reasons is to see and understand, how some countries, which share, more or less, similar Soviet past and started from almost the same point during the 90’s, are now in different positions."
The Board of Trustees is an advisory panel of experts, businessmen, diplomats and international advisors. Its role is to help the Director of IIRPS VU in implementing policies that are in line with the Institute’s vision and mission.
The Council of the Institute is a collegial self-governance body formed for a period of four years.
Director of the Institute is the head of core academic unit, elected by secret vote in the council of the unit and recommended to the Rector for appointment. The term of office of the head of a core academic unit shall be five years. The same person may hold the office of the head of a core academic unit for no longer than two consecutive terms.
Disputes over the ethics of members of the University community shall be heard by academic ethics commissions of core academic units.
Disputes related with research and studies and those between students and other members of the University community, except disputes concerned with academic ethics and disputes over labour relations, shall be heard by standing commissions for dispute resolution of core academic units.