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History in Brief

The University dates back to 1927, when Forest School was founded in Alytus. In 1939 the school was transfered to Vilnius, in 1963 – to Girionys (Kaunas distr.). In the Soviet period the school was reorganized into Forestry Technicum, while after Lithuania regained its independence, it became Higher Forestry School again. For a long time  there existed only one speciality in the school - forestry.

Since 2002, when the school acquired a new status, its activities have intensified. Five more study programs were offered: Landscape Design (2002), Land Management (2003), Hydraulic Engineering (2003), Recreation (2006), Cadastral Surveys and Real Estate Valuation (2007). The number of students since 2002 has augmented almost 4 times.

Since 2003 applied research has been carried out in the University. The most developed are the fields of silvicultural technologies and environmental engineering. The studies are ordered mainly by forest enterprises, the Ministry of Environment of the LR, municipalities and different industrial enterprises.

In 2003, to develop advisory services, Information Centre has been established.  The Information Centre organizes in-service courses for forestry specialists, private forest owners and farmers, raises public awareness, that of the youth in particular, disseminating environmental and silvicultural ideas.

Since 2003 the University has been organizing republican and international workshops and conferences, where silvicultural, forest operation technologies and environmental engineering  issues are tackled. Along with two other higher education institutions (KTU and LUA) the College publishes Information Bulletin „Forest. Wood. Technologies. Standardization“. Chief editor of the publication is  dr. A. Tebėra (KFEEUAS).

In 2004 the University has become a member of SOCRATES/ERASMUS programme and has made bilateral  student and lecturer exchange agreements with higher educational establishments of landscape architecture and environmental engineering from Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany. Every year about 5-7% of the University students study abroad, while some students from the above mentioned countries come to the University and study for one semester.

In 2004 the University started participating in international research and education projects. Our partners are forestry research institutions from Ireland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany.

Since 2005 the University has been carrying out projects financed by Leonardo da Vinci, EU structural and other funds. Owing to this activity, the intellectual potential and material training basis of the University has enriched. Execution of the projects leads to the implementation of new training methodology and modern training basis for the preparation of forestry specialists in compliance with EU standards. New laboratories (modern harvesting machinery, landscape architecture, floristry, environmental studies, surveying) have been established and the old ones have been renovated.

Since 2007 the University has been successfully conducting projects financed by  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the LR,  developing collaboration ties between Lithuania and East European countries.

 
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