A visiting professor from Lithuania, Dr Živite Navikienė, recently conducted 3 PDP seminars for undergraduate students at WUAS. She addressed the students on “Effective Time Management in Business and Commercial Projects”. In the seminars she took a leaf out of her own book and daily practice as Head of Erasmus Projects and Business consultant.
Navikienė is also the Head of Research and Projects at St.Ignatius Loyola College in Kaunas, Lithuania. The college is interested in cooperating with Wittenborg in building its hospitality programme. Navikienė visited Wittenborg as part of the Erasmus Plus staff mobility project. The Erasmus Plus project has as its main objective to establish cooperation links between WUAS and St Ignatius Loyola College, to exchange knowledge and practical experiences, and for Navikienė to work in an international environment. She is also the project manager for the Erasmus programmes.
Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania (one of the Baltic states), second after its capitol Vilnius. According to Navikienė, Loyola College is roughly a similar size as Wittenborg and it has three main departments which offer programmes at Bachelor level: Biomedical Sciences (orthopedic technology), Social Sciences (social work, pastoral care, and hospitality management), and Arts (image design). They have a unique programme in orthopedic technology with students doing practical placements in Belgium, Germany, and Ireland. At the same time, the college would like to build its hospitality management programme and is interested in cooperating with WUAS.
St.Ignatius Loyola College operates several tourist apartments on the Baltic Coast. The college is rapidly expanding, bucking the trend in a country where a decline in student numbers is a cause of concern for most universities.
Classes in Kaunas are mainly filled by Lithuanians, according to Navikienė. There are, however, some international exchange students from countries such as Turkey and Latvia.
by James Wittenborg