International collaboration

International scientific collaboration of universities developing a joint PhD program in Education science is validated by 70 agreements. This number includes 41 agreements entered into by the Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) and foreign partners. Collaboration agreements in Educational Studies were signed with the University of Graz (Austria), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) and others. Vilnius University (VU) Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, which in 2010 became a department of the Vilnius University, has signed 10 collaborative PhD agreements in technology-based and computer-aided learning with universities in Sweden, Germany, Turkey, Iceland, Austria, Romania, and Portugal. Also, VU Department of Education uses Erasmus agreements for Doctoral level studies.

Moreover, scientific collaboration between the Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), Klaipeda University (KU), Tallinn, and Latvian universities is validated by agreements too. In 2008, three universities have founded the Baltic Graduate School (BGS) intended for Doctoral studies, promotion of scholarly work and collaboration in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Tallinn University is BGS coordinator. Researchers in education science have their own separate section.

Other agreements worthy of mentioning and scientific work carried out on their basis are the following:
• In 2006 Baltic Sea Region Association for Research in Adult Education (BARAE) was founded. The Association is registered at VMU (Lithuania). Scholars at the Department of Education are members of this Association.
• In 2008 BARAE Association started publishing its academic periodical Studies for Learning Society. Larissa Jogi, Associate Professor of Tallinn University, is its Editor in Chief. Scholars from the three universities are its editorial board members.
• Starting from 2003 up to now joint participation in EU-funded projects takes place, in which postgraduate students are involved.
• A considerable achievement in international terms is activity of the Association for Studies on Childhood Development since 2000 and up to now, which is comprised of KU, LU and Tallinn university scholars. It was registered on July 4, 2000 (reg. No. 000805256). Its office is located in Latvian Academy of Sport Education (Brivibas Str. 333, Riga). The Association has departments in Lithuania and Estonia. Lithuanian department was established in 2003 with its office at Education Department of KU Faculty of Pedagogy (S. Nėries Str. 5).
• Current VMU collaboration in social inclusion of people with disabilities and in Social Pedagogy research has been validated by signing an agreement with the French National Research Institute (CNRS).
• The University of Latvia has also expressed its wish to participate in the joint PhD program and signed a Declaration of Intent. Furthermore, the Portuguese University of Aveiro, its contact person, its representative sent by its Rector to participate in the Doctoral Committee is Professor Nilza Maria Vilhena Nunes da Costa. Internationalization and international validation of doctoral studies have always been the primary objectives, which have been attained through PhD students refining their skills and testing their research findings at foreign universities, international conferences, as well as by inviting foreign scholars to local committees, also by employing Erasmus agreements (professor J. J. Detraux from the University of Liege (Belgium), professor Larissa Jogi (University of Tallinn), associate professor Peter Varnagy, professor Andreas Hejj (University of Pecs, Hungary), professor Eleonora Bielawska- Batorowicz (University of Lodz, Poland), professor Dainuvite Bluma (University of Latvia), professor Alistair Ross (London Metropolitan University), professor Jurgen Van Buer (Humboldt University Berlin), Jean Luc Patry (University of Salzburg), Dr. Irmeli Maunonen-Eskelinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland), professor Leif Tvilum (Odense University, Denmark), Dr. Wilfred Hartmann (former Director at Campus Europae; University of Berlin), assistant professor Nena Mijoč (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), professor Arne Carlsen (UNESCO Institute), professor Tatjana Koke (University of Latvia; Latvian Minister of Education in 2007-2010)). Another way is receiving feedback on dissertations, summaries of doctoral dissertations related to the topics of defended dissertations from thematically related researchers all over the world. Results and effectiveness of international collaboration with colleagues in other universities or research centres manifest themselves in publication and discussions of works by PhD students as well as in participation in conferences abroad, etc.

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Chairperson of the Committee
Prof. dr. Liudmila Rupšienė
Klaipėda University
Faculty of Humanities and Education science
Department of Pedagogy
S. Nėries srt. 5, Klaipėda, LT-92227
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Deputy chair
Prof. habil. dr. Margarita Teresevičienė
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Scientific Secretary
Prof. dr. Jonas Ruškus
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Coordinator
dokt. Vaida Jurgilė
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