"For me, I see no better way to study Eastern Europe but in the region itself. In this sense, I chose to study EERS at Vilnius because the Lithuanian experience is as a crossroads between North, Central, and Eastern European."
"When you sit at the class as a lecturer and see the first-year students, it’s so funny, because you remember yourself during the first year and you can easily tell what these students are going to say. The process of transformation is really funny. When you are taking your first exam, you are all scared, you just think about what would happen, if you didn’t pass, what would happen if you got an 8, etc."
"I have definitely grown after this process, not only academically, but also personally."
"The aspect of the University I enjoyed the most was the practical nature of the discussion."
"It was strange coming back to the university and realizing that I am not a student anymore, but the whole team welcomed me warmly."
„After first months in VU IIRPS you will find that there are a lot of talented people around you and if you want to succeed and be competitive, you need to walk that extra mile or sometimes two.“
"Well, I think the specialty of the programme is that it combines on-hand experience and local research. There’s no better way to understand Eastern Europe than to experience it through spending time in the area and analysing that experience with knowledge gained in classes."
"In the Hague, lawyers, historians, political scientists, soldiers, even rocket scientists and SFX specialists worked with me as well. Majority of them were forced to flee from war and decided to sacrifice their careers for justice and brighter future of their country. They inspired me to focus on the transitional justice field."
"So far IIRPS VU challenged me more than expected but I can only benefit from it."
"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 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."
"What I like about the program is that it starts with the region’s political, economic and cultural history, creating a deep and comprehensive understanding."
"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."
"It is a lovely university full of international students and plentiful academic possibilities."
"IIRPS VU and my Eastern European and Russian master studies here help me widen my horizons."
"University is a place for new discoveries and creativity as well as questioning doubts and heated discussions. Most importantly, a place to understand your own limits." - says the director of VU IIRPS
"I always designate three main directions one should work in order to achieve something: perseverance, ideas and hard work."