VMU Rector’s Letter to the Community

Dear community,

I would like to thank you all once again for the invaluable contributions you made while working during the difficult period brought about by COVID-19. Ensuring the quality of studies and research under the conditions of the new reality and supporting the community in the virtual world has been a challenge which has demanded a lot of effort from all of us. The beginning of the upcoming academic year will not be as it used to be before. Thus, once again, we will all need to be focused to make sure it is successful.

Since the health of our community’s members is one of our top priorities, the studies during this autumn semester will be organized both remotely as well as in lecture rooms. The following changes have been approved: lectures of all A group subjects as well as lectures where the number of students is 100 or more will be held remotely. All other activities will take place in the university’s spaces, in accordance with safety recommendations. Academic and non-academic staff will work in the university’s spaces until a different ruling is made by the government of Lithuania.

Please remember that events in closed spaces must be organised while upholding the principle of isolated groups, whereas in open spaces a distance of no less than 1 metre must be maintained between participants. If the weather conditions are favourable, events should be planned to take place in the open spaces of the university: the VMU Botanical Garden, courtyards of the faculties, territory of VMU Agriculture Academy etc.

Since a large number of infection cases is related to travel, please avoid or postpone visits to countries that are on the list of those affected by the COVID-19 disease.

I kindly ask everyone to be mindful of the situation and follow the recommendations that help us remain healthy and reduce the risk of coronavirus infection: maintain a safe physical distance during lectures and seminars, sit in every other seat, wear masks, wash hands regularly and, if you feel symptoms of cold or other infectious diseases, stay home.

Just like during the spring semester, we will continue to inform you about further developments (if any) on a special page on the university’s website.

One way or another, I hope that I will see you soon.

Stay safe!

Wishing you a successful academic year,

VMU Rector Juozas Augutis