European Humanities University
The mission of the European Humanities University is to facilitate and deepen the contribution that its students, graduates, and faculty can make to the quality and potential of their own lives and to their respective civil societies. By so doing, they contribute to Belarus and its integration into the European and global community. EHU intends to return to Belarus when it is convinced that academic freedom and the independence of the university can be assured.
An education at EHU does more than immerse students in a range of subjects and disciplines. It promotes a transdisciplinary approach as well as the critical thinking skills that empower them to develop innovative solutions, ideas, and enterprises.
At EHU, students study art, business, communication, cultural heritage, visual and cultural studies, design, law, philosophy, politics and economy, psychology, public policy, sociology…and they combine theory and practice through interactive, hands-on learning opportunities. They hone their communication skills in a state-of-the-art art media lab, observe elections as participants in the Election Observation: Theory and Practice program, practice legal skills with European and American experts and at the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, organize and participate in exhibitions and cultural events, and develop and implement various projects of their own.
Participation in mobility programs like ERASMUS+ and the right to travel freely within the European Union’s visa-free Schengen Area helps students acquaint themselves with Europe and the benefits of European integration.
EHU faculty are leaders and partners in academic projects that promote international and interdisciplinary research and teaching. EHU’s alumni association offers ways for alums to benefit from staying in touch with each other and their alma mater.
For students and scholars from Belarus, EHU is a haven of academic freedom—the only Belarusian university that operates in a free and democratic environment. Founded in Minsk in 1992, EHU became a “university-in-exile” in 2004 after it was shut down by Belarusian authorities for standing up against attempts to undermine its academic freedom.
EHU remains committed to its Belarusian identity while seeking closer integration into the international academic community.
EHU's campus is located in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania and historical capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
Vilnius is a place of special significance not only for Lithuanians, but for other nationalities, as well. Like Lithuanians, Belarusians trace the origins of their state to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The lands of modern-day Belarus comprised a significant portion of the Grand Duchy and Belarusian culture was strongly reflected in the multicultural milieu of the Grand Duchy and its capital.
Modern-day Vilnius is a vibrant European capital with a population of more than one-half million residents, and Lithuania is a member of the European Union as well as NATO and the United Nations. As historically, Belarusian culture and society are represented in Vilnius by numerous Belarusian organizations that are active here, including opposition groups and human rights organizations working toward a better future for neighboring Belarus.
Vilnius's geographic proximity to Belarus—the border is a mere 30 kilometers away and only Bratislava and Vienna are closer to each other than the capitals of Lithuania and Belarus—makes it a convenient place to locate Belarusian institutions and organizations that would have or have had difficulty operating freely in Belarus. This proximity allows EHU students residing in Vilnius to maintain close ties to their homeland and fellow Belarusians. EHU students visit their homes in Belarus frequently. Weekend trains between Vilnius and Minsk are full of EHU students travelling back and forth across the border.
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