About Us

“The Institute is one of the youngest units of Vilnius University, created and grown together with the independent state of Lithuania. Lithuanian political science was formed here, and more than one generation of political scientists grew up here. The alumni of the Institute participated in the most important processes of the Lithuanian history. Over a period of almost three decades, a strong community supporting the Institute has developed. Today, by nurturing what has been created, we are taking a step forward in our research, using innovation and interdisciplinarity to tackle complex global problems, while fostering a critical, motivated, socially educated young generation that is actively taking the lead. ” - assoc. prof. Margarita Šešelgytė

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Our mission

Educating Creative Leaders for Lithuania and the World

Our vision

Lively Community of Teachers, Researchers, Students and Alumni

Our values

Academic Freedom, Critical and Creative Thinking based on Mutual Respect

About Us

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 faculty status at Vilnius University. The Institute has been educating a new generation of the 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 STRATA Lithuanian Research and Higher Education Analysis Centre (formerly known as 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 as 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 (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 the social life of the Institute.

Peter Burian
EU Special Representative for Central Asia
Klaus-Heiner Lehne
President of European Court of Auditors
Lecture by Mr. Klaus-Heiner Lehne „The role of the European Court of Auditors in EU27“
Shlomo Avineri
Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Public Lecture by prof. Shlomo Avineri “The Global Challenges to Liberal Democracy”
Malcolm Rifkind
Visiting Professor by King's College, London in their Department of War Studies
Public Lecture by Sir Malcolm Rifkind “British Foreign Policy after Brexit”
Karen Dawisha
Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
Public Lecture by prof. Karen Dawisha “Putin’s Kleptocracy”
Franco Frattini
Former Italian Minister for foreign Affairs and FormesVice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security
Mr. Franco Frattini lecture “Stronger Transatlantic Alliance and Europe Together for Protecting Citizens”
Nicolai Wammen
Former Minister of the European Affairs of Denmark
Lecture by Minister of the European Affairs of Denmark Nicolai Wammen
Amal Jadou
Assistant minister on European Affairs and head of the European Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Public Lecture by Palestinian Ambassador Dr. Amal Jadou “The Palestinian State: to be or not to be?”
Wolfgang Wessels
Jean Monnet Chairholder for Political Science at Cologne Universit
Prof. Wolfgang Wessels: “The European Council as Constitutional Architect”
Kamran Matin
Associate Professor at Sussex University
Public Lecture by assoc. prof. Kamran Matin “Kurds and the Middle East Crisis”
Corneliu Bjola
Associate Professor in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford
Public lecture by assoc. prof. Corneliu Bjola “Digital Diplomacy: Shaping International Affairs one Tweet at a time”
Peter Plenta
Head of Department of International Relations and Public Administration of International University of Sarajevo
Public Lecture by dr. Peter Plenta “Kyrgyzstan: The Island of Democracy, Instability and Unpredictability in Central Asia”
Natalija Zubarevič
Director of the Regional programme at the Independent Institute for Social Policy
Lecture by prof. dr. Natalia Zubarevich “Today’s Russia’s Regional Development Trends and Future Prospects”
Amir Maimon
Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Lithuania
Public lecture by Amir Maimon “Israel – regional challenges”
Marta Dyczok
Professor at the National University of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy
Prof. Marta Dyczok: “Ukraine crisis: Media Representations in the Context of Information Warfare“
David Lidington
Former Great Britain's Europe Minister's
David Lidington’s lecture at the IIRPS
Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson
Former Icelandic Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign affairs
Lecture by VU hononary doctor Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson
Kaushik Basu
Former Senior Vice President (Development Economics) and Chief Economist of the World Bank
Lecture by Mr. Kaushik Basu”Human behavior and economic development”
Tim Haughton
Associate Professor in European Politics at the University of Birmingham in the UK
Public Lecture by Tim Haugton
Michael Oren
Israel's former ambassador to the United States (2009–2013), and current member of the Knesset for the Kulanu party and the Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Prime Minister's Office
Public Lecture by Michael Oren “Israel‘s Foreign Relations“
Iver B. Neumann
Norwegian political scientist and anthropologist
Prof. Iver B. Neumann: Nordic Identity and its relevance for the Baltic region
Sergei Guriev
Chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Prof. Sergei Guriev’s open lecture “Growth Prospects and Challenges in Eastern Europe”
Board of Trustees

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.

Ensuring gender equality (SPEAR project)

Since the beginning of 2019, Vilnius University is participating in the project “Supporting and Implementing Plans for Gender Equality in Academia (SPEAR)”, which is a part of the “Science with and for Society” (Horizon 2020) programme. The project aims to develop and implement gender equality plans in higher education institutions. More information on the project is presented here.

Despite the dominant culture of openness, involvement, and discussion at IIRPS VU, participation in the project encourages the institutionalization of gender equality norms and values ​​as well as contributes to ensuring their long-term sustainability. During the project IIRPS VU will seek to establish policies and responsibilities for the implementation of gender equality principles among staff and students, ensure gender balance in the governance of the institute, and create favourable conditions for professional development and career, regardless of gender, marital status or other discriminatory grounds. The introduction of anti-discrimination measures is seen as a way to strengthen the institute’s sustainable tradition of community spirit and ensure its future development. The project goals and activities set by IIRPS VU combine the specifics of the institute, the expectations of the community and the strategy of VU diversity and equal opportunities for 2020-2025 (the document is provided here).

The IIRPS VU Gender Equality Measures Plan can be found here.

Vilnius University participates in the SPEAR project together with the following European universities: SDU (Denmark), Uppsala University (Sweden), RWTH Aachen University (Germany), South-West University Neofit Rilski (Bulgaria), Plovdivski Universitet Paisiy Hilendarski (Bulgaria), Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), Sveucilise u Rijeci (Croatia).



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.

Assoc. prof. Margarita Šešelgytė
Phone: (5) 251 4130 margarita.seselgyte@tspmi.vu.lt
Dr. Lina Strupinskienė
Deputy Director for Studies
Phone: (5) 251 4132 lina.strupinskiene@tspmi.vu.lt
Dr. Vilius Mačkinis
Deputy Director for Science and Research
Phone: (5) 251 4133 vilius.mackinis@tspmi.vu.lt
Academic units
Administrative units
Academic Ethics Commission

Disputes over the ethics of members of the University community shall be heard by academic ethics commissions of core academic units.

Commission for Dispute Resolution

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.

Dr. Justinas Dementavičius Associate professor, Senior researcher Dr. Liutauras Gudžinskas Associate professor Dr. Deividas Šlekys Associate professor
Rūta Petkevičiūtė Students' representative
Vilija Jackevičiūtė Students' Representative
Vilius Mickūnas Students' Representative