Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the changes in sport, the possibilities of change in its structure and management, and the ratio between sport and public physical activity. “At present, European countries focus on healthy lifestyle and physical activity. We want to convey this message to Lithuanian people related to sport. In Lithuania, the concept of sport involves achievements in elite sport and physical activity. However, insufficient attention has been paid to the latter. A strategy has been developed, but we would like to propose an action plan on how to best implement it and investigate what is needed to promote wellness of the population. We all know that health of Lithuanian people of all age groups is getting worse”, said the Rector of Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) Dr. Aivaras Ratkevičius.
In order for international students to facilitate the submission of applications to the desired LSU study programme, the University has developed a new online application form. This new system allows students from abroad submit all necessary documentation for University admission easier and quicker.
New online application form can be found: www.lsu.lt/en by clicking the button “Apply now” at the top of the webpage.
LSU first year students are kindly invited to join the celebration of the New Academic Year. The students will meet with the heads of the University, teaching staff members and fellow students in LSU Assembly Hall (Sporto Str. 6) at 9.30, September 1.
Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) has started professional development courses for Lithuanian pre-school and primary school teachers. The teachers from Kaunas city and region were the first to join the courses, conducted under an international project, carried out by LSU “Modernisation of Pre-school and Primary Education Content and Teachers' Professional Development through Introduction of Physical Fitness Testing Methodology”. All in all, 1,200 teachers from 60 municipalities will have a chance to improve their competences.
Doctor of Sports and Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology) Dr. Pascale Kippelen is paying a visit to Lithuanian Sports University. A Senior Lectureship of Brunel University (London) is coming on the initiative of the LSU Rector Dr. Aivaras Ratkevicius. During the visit (13 – 14 September), Pascale Kippelen is going to make scientific presentation about one of the doping species (inhaled beta2-agonists in elite sport).
Vida Janina Česnaitienė and Brigita Miežienė, lecturers at Lithuanian Sports University, have come back from an internship in the University College of Southeast Norway. The representatives of LSU are involved in an international project “Modernisation of Pre-school and Primary Education Content and Teachers' Professional Development through Introduction of Physical Fitness Testing Methodology”. Project promoters carried out a research on physical fitness of Lithuanian pre-school and primary school pupils. Together with the experts of physical fitness assessment methodology Prof. Dr. Ingunn Fjørtoft and Dr. Lise, LSU lecturers performed validation and adaptation procedures for physical fitness assessment methodology and an analysis of the research findings, which will be published in international scientific journals. During the internship, several chapters of a research article were prepared, calculations performed and guidelines for two more scientific articles established.
LSU researchers Prof. Dr. Romualdas Malinauskas and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vilija Malinauskienė carried out a research with the aim to establish a link between physical inactivity and health problems associated with post-traumatic stress symptoms, behavioural and nutritional factors and internal coherence in the population of Lithuanian teenage girls. The research findings were published in the journal “Reports in Public Health Rio de Janeiro: Cadernos Saude Publica” indexed in ISI Web of Science (Thomson Reuters). The journal is published by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) continues participation in an international project “Cooperation and Capacity-Building of Institutions Acting in the Field of Sports Education of Lithuania and Norway”. It involves eighteen partners from Lithuania (sports and cultural centres in districts and cities) and a partner from abroad – Norwegian School of Sport Science. The project is being carried out by Lithuanian Sports University.
Lithuanian Sports University invites city residents and visitors, schoolchildren, students and the University community to actively spend the entire month of April exercising in the neighbourhood of LSU.
Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) together with two other European universities has developed an international graduate programme “International Master of Sport Performance Analysis“. The programme will be launched in the autumn of 2016.
On 24—25 September, LSU hosted a group meeting of an “Erasmus +“ programme-funded project “Sport Empowers Disabled Youth” (SEDY). The project has lasted since January 2015 and is to be continued until December 2017.
At the end of September, the Director of the study programme Sports Industries (SIN) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irena Valantinė and the Head of the Office of Personnel and Law Inga Staškevičiūtė-Butienė visited the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).
Children and young people’s health is one of the main priorities of the European Commission, which not only encourages people to lead healthy lives, but also seeks to become an active partner in the implementation of health improvement measures.
After two day’s extensive discussion in the Board Meeting in Langkawi, presidents of regional associations and executives of WASM have come to a consensus of granting the hosting right to Lithuania for the 2017 WASM Conference. Lithuania Sport University is responsible for hosting the world conference for the first time in East Europe.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marius Brazaitis, a researcher at the Institute of Sport Science and Innovations, LSU, has received good news, as the article "The Need for Differentiating Between Exercise, Physical Activity, and Training" written with co-authors from Brazil, Germany, Sweden and Iceland is being published in a prestigious international scientific journal “Autoimmunity Reviews”.
A visitor from the USA Prof. Dr. Ming-kai Chin has visited LSU students of the study programme "Physical activity and lifestyle" (PAL). Professor delivered a lecture "Physical Education and Interactive Technology: A Celebration of Everyone to Promote Holistic Health and Physical Activity in School".
The orientation days, organized jointly with the International Relations Office (IRO) and Student Union are designed to help you to know each other, the University and the City of Kaunas.It is our way to say “Welcome” to you.
Representatives of companies and organizations in the wellness and fitness market, as well as all those who are interested in healthy lifestyle are invited to an international conference-exhibition "Technologies for Wellbeing”. The conference will be held on 28-29 September and will showcase the latest trends and products of technology for health promotion and fitness.
The Chancellor of Lithuanian Sports University Dr. Mindaugas Balčiūnas paid a visit to the University of Essex (Great Britain) with the aim to discuss cooperation possibilities between LSU and the University of Essex. Representatives of both universities discussed the planned joint research, projects and their topics. A lot of attention was paid to possibilities for LSU students to go on internships to one of the best English universities.
According to LSU Chancellor Dr. Mindaugas Balčiūnas, plans and investments of the University of Essex both in sports studies, and in sports infrastructure and activity development open up great prospects for the intensification of LSU international cooperation. The University of Essex, which has recently celebrated the 50th anniversary, was announced as the one of the best universities in Britain in 2014 after university culture and student satisfaction with studies had been assessed. “This recognition is a valuable experience striving for university activities, based on the highest international standards. LSU competence in the improvement of university sports programmes, implementation of joint research in sports science and student and teacher exchange are seen as the main directions in the development of joint projects with the University of Essex. We hope that both universities will benefit from this cooperation“, said M. Balčiūnas.
Mike Callan, a teacher at the University of Essex and a judo coach of the highest category, who has also written 20 scientific articles and 4 books, has recently shared his experience with the students and teachers of LSU. He delivered lectures on talent identification in sport and their training as well as research-based training practices.
The University of Essex pays much attention to professional basketball player and coach training. The partnership of LSU and the University of Essex will be incorporated in the beginning of new academic year.
Liren Chen, the President of Sport High School and the deputy director from Foreign Affairs Office Mei Dong from Beijing Sport University (BSU) have visited Lithuanian Sports University. The visitors came to see our higher education institution, present their university and participate in the signing of a bilateral memorandum of cooperation. During the meeting with LSU community, Vice-Rector for Studies Prof. Dr. Rasa Jankauskienė introduced BSU representatives to our university, main strategic goals, research areas and study programmes.
LSU and BSU student and teacher exchange opportunities as well as joint research have been discussed during the visit.
A new international mobility activity of Erasmus + programme, which will enable student and staff exchange outside the European Union, will be launched this year. LSU application for student and staff mobility under the Erasmus + programme with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel and China has been successfully approved and will be launched in the academic year of 2015-2016.
The new LSU partner – Beijing Sport University (BSU) was established in 1952. In more than 60 years, this university has become a leader in the field of sport in China higher education. BSU seeks active international cooperation with European and world universities. The university has signed cooperation agreements with 76 universities and sports organizations from 34 countries.
A volunteer from Beijing Sport University, a master of martial arts Wang Junlin is visiting LSU this academic year. She came to LSU to teach students a martial art of wushu at the invitation of Confucius Institute at Vilnius University, with which LSU has signed a cooperation agreement.
Students of Lithuanian Sports University have been invited to NBA (National Basketball Association) Europe Headquarters in London. Students of Coaching Systems and Tourism and Sports Management study programmes had a great opportunity not only to look around and feel the special spirit of basketball, but also get acquainted with the activities of this organization.
“Each coach should visit such an event, where breaking health, fitness and health industry innovation is displayed“, said LSU teacher Dr. Simona Pajaujienė. She shared her experience after the world's largest exhibition in the field of innovation FIBO, which takes place in Cologne (Germany) annualy. The teacher visited the exhibition together with the Chancellor of the University Mindaugas Balčiūnas and LSU teacher, the President of Lithuanian Sports and Fitness Clubs Association Aurimas Mačiukas.
700 expositions were visited by 116,000 of people. “Training equipment with unstable surface, physiotherapy suits, exercise equipment for seniors, virtual coaches, physical parameter analyzers, various massage and rehabilitation tools, software to manage sports clubs and many more innovations, which could be tested, were presented at the exhibition. Though, there were few wellness solutions at a workplace. Interesting ideas for outdoor sports clubs made a big impression as they can be implemented in Lithuania as well. Different sports activities for seniors is a niche for future sports clubs“, said the Chancellor of LSU M. Balčiūnas.
More information about the exibition can be found at: /sites/default/files/dokuumentai/FIBO_ataskaita.pptx
European University Sports Association (EUSA) travelling exhibition on university sport was hosted in Kaunas. First, the participants and supporters of the XXXI SELL Student Games were able to see EUSA exhibition between May 15 and 17, 2015. After the SELL Games the Exhibition was moved to Lithuanian Sports University where it was dispayed and was accessible to the professors, teachers, lecturers, students and guests.
On May 25, a special VIP tour of the exhibition was carried out in the presence of special guests, among them the Rector of the Lithuanian Sports University prof. Albertas Skurvydas, Chairman of the Senate of the Lithuanian Sports University Mr. Aleksas Stanislovaitis, the Director of Lithuanian Sport Museum Mr. Pranas Majauskas, the President of the Lithuanian Students Sports Association Mr. Česlovas Garbaliauskas, President of Lithuanian basketball federation Mr. Arvydas Sabonis, General Director of the Department of Physical Education and Sports Mr. Edis Urbonavičius and other guests.
Dr. Hans Degens from Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom) has visited LSU under “Erasmus” programme. LSU teachers, researchers, Master degree and doctoral students actively participated in lectures and discussions on degenerative changes in the body occurring with ageing and their de-escalation.
The main Dr. H. Degens’s scientific interest is age-related changes in skeletal muscle morphology and function.
The researchers of the Faculty of Sport Education, LSU, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irena Valantinė, Dr. Vida Janina Česnaitienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arūnas Emeljanovas and Laura Tumynaitė, a Physical Education student of the second cycle of studies, have received funding under the call of the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) “Support for Incentive Events to Promote Youth Civic, Scientific, Creative and Sports Activities”. LSU will carry out a scientific project “Analysis of Physical Activity Needs of Students and Health Promotion Opportunities at Universities” together with partners from Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia as well as some Lithuanian universities (Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and Vilnius University).
The first meeting-international seminar took place at Lithuanian Sports University. Project partners from abroad Prof. Dr. Marc Cloes (University of Liege, Belgium), Prof. Dr. Peter Sitar (University of Maribor, Slovenia), Dr. Sofia Brorrson (Dalarna University, Sweden), Dr. Zbigniew Ossovsky (Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, Poland) and Lovro Stefan (University of Zagreb, Croatia) presented their institutions and health promotion opportunities there. Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Emeljanovas discussed health promotion opportunities at Lithuanian universities, Dr. Vida Janina Česnaitienė delivered a report “Analysis of Physical Activity Needs of Students”. The participants got acquainted with LSU, worked in groups, discussed and made recommendations for further implementation of the project.
Lithuanian Sports University has got one more Honorary Doctor, as Professor Oleg Matytsin has been inaugurated in Hospitality Complex “Monte Pacis” in Pazaislis Monastery.
“I am honoured to become a member of your community. At the same time, I feel I am under obligation to continue putting all my effort to make university sport even more prosperous”, said O. Matytsin in his inauguration speech.
The President of Lithuanian Students Sports Association and the head of LSU Sports and Leisure Centre Assoc. Prof. Dr. Česlovas Garbaliauskas presented the Honorary Doctor at the celebration. Professor Oleg Matytsin is the President of Russian Student Sport Union, 1st Vice-President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and Vice-President of European University Sports Association (EUSA).
According to LSU President of the Senate Prof. Dr. Aleksas Stanislovaitis, the University has granted the title of a Honorary Doctor to such famous people as the President of European Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge, the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus, the President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) George E. Killian, and the President of European University Sports Association (EUSA) Alberto Gualtieri.
At the beginning of May, the delegates from Lithuanian Sports University Vice-Rector for Studies Rasa Jankauskienė, the director of the study programme Physical Activity and Public Health Vaiva Balčiūnienė, and the head of the International Relations Office Irena Čikotienė took part in a meeting organized by Education Exchanges Support Foundation, Lithuanian embassy in Israel and “Erasmus” National Head Office of Israel. Lithuanian higher education and “Erasmus+” programme were presented at the meeting, which was attended by 23 representatives from 9 Lithuanian higher education institutions. Lithuania is the first European Union country, which has presented its higher education in Israel.
A cooperation agreement has been signed between Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) and World Lithuanian Sports Association (WLSA). Assoc. Prof. Dr. Artūras Poviliūnas, the President of World Lithuanian Sports Association and the Rector of LSU Prof. Habil. Dr. Albertas Skurvydas certified the partnership by their signatures.
The selection of participants for FIEP Europe Future Leader Project has been organized by FIEP Europe for the first time. Laura Tumynaitė, a student of Master study programme Physical Education at the Faculty of Sport Education, LSU, participated in the contest. The Organising Committee received a lot of applications of the candidates from all over the world, but selected only 12 out of them, including Laura.
LSU participated in an international student and teacher week “The PAL International Week”
The first international student and teacher week “The PAL International Week” and the 4th international meeting of the Consortium of EU universities “European Bachelor in Physical Activity and Lifestyle” took place at Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior (Portugal).
The international event was attended by students and teachers from Lithuanian Sports University, Hanze University (Netherlands), INHolland University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands), Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior (Portugal) and others. The aim of this event was to provide opportunities for all the members of the Consortium community to share the experience on the programme "European Bachelor of Physical Activity and Lifestyle” and at the same time promote the internationalization of each institution.
During the International Week, the present situation of the study programme of the Consortium institutions "European Bachelor of Physical Activity and Lifestyle" was analysed, the process of programme improvement and optimization opportunities was discussed, lectures for students were delivered, and events for International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (April 6th) and World Health Day (April 7th) were organized. Moreover, common information platform of the Consortium was presented and study programme communication plan was approved. Consortium members met and discussed the nuances of further development and cooperation possibilities with the representatives of the University of Malaga (Spain). Both teachers and students actively participated in the discussion on the results of the programme implementation, vision of the future and career expectations.
The Consortium of the Universities ensures international management of the study programme “European Bachelor of Physical Activity and Lifestyle”. The consortium consists of Hanze University (Netherlands), INHolland University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands), Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior (Portugal), University of Southern Denmark (Denmark), University of Rome "Foro Italico" (Italy), Lithuanian Sports University and European Network of Sport Science, Education and Employment. The Consortium is responsible for the implementation of the uniform content of the study programme and academic quality.
We would like to announce that on April 23, 2015, the PR department created a new Lithuanian Sports University’s profile on “LinkedIn” website. Everybody is more than welcome to join our University group! For those who still do not have an account, we recommend to create one. Why?
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Leaders of the European health sector gathered in Cologne (Germany), where “EuropeActive” Standards Council meetings as well as European Health and Fitness Forum were held. An International Fair for Fitness, Wellness and Health “FIBO 2015“ took place.
I would like to rejoice over the recognition of Lithuanian Sports University. Academic achievements have been assessed by independent international experts. Research internationality level at different institutions (faculties, centres, institutes, etc.) was assessed comparing it with the highest standards of European academic institutions. Scientific activities of the Faculty of Sport Biomedicine were rated as "strong international level”, and the Faculty of Sport Education was rated as “strong national level with marked international level”.
On April 13–17 the University hosted 10 visiting lecturers from Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey and the UK in the 2nd edition of the International Teaching Week (ITW-2015) aimed to bring an international dimension to the LSU undergraduate and graduate curricula.
Dr. Tom Bell, a lecturer from Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom) and a coordinator of Physical and Sport Education Bachelor degree study programme, has visited Lithuanian Sports University.
Lithuanian Sports University will host “International Teaching Week 2015” on the 13th – 17th of April. Nine foreign lecturers are coming from the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Portugal and Germany.
Prof. Habil. Dr. Albertas Skurvydas, the Rector of Lithuanian Sports University, has presented the 2014 activity report to the University Council. The Rector gave an overview of the last year study and academic achievement, introduced the impact of LSU research, studies and sport on the country and unveiled the plans to streamline the management of the university, challenges and future works. The report presentation was broadcast live on the Internet, thus all the university community had the opportunity to learn about last year activities and achievements.
The Declaration of Academic Honesty has been signed at Lithuanian Sports University. The President of LSU Student Representative Elvinas Staškus signed the Declaration. The event was attended by the Vice-Rector for Studies Prof. Dr. Rasa Jankauskienė, the Deans of the faculties Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arūnas Emeljanovas and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nerijus Masiulis, the Head of the Centre of Academic Quality Supervision Asta Terentjevienė, the Chairman of LSU Academic and Professional Ethics Commission lecturer Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saulė Sipavičienė, group monitors and students.
Lithuanian Sports University and JSC “Trikotažo Gama” have carried out a project “The Impact of Sportswear on Working Capacity during Exercise”. A thorough investigation aimed at assessing (possible) impact of functional underwear, produced from different raw materials on physiological and psychological characteristics of athletes while cycling at high intensity. During exercise at low temperatures (+5˚C), the athletes lost an average of nearly 1.0 kg. However, physiological parameters (internal body temperature and heart rate) during exercise and recovery did not depend on underwear.
The European Commission has officially confirmed that the modern interwar architecture of Kaunas will be awarded the European Heritage Label. This will certainly contribute to the preservation of the modern interwar architecture and attract tourists interested in the exceptional phenomenon. The European Heritage Label award ceremony will take place on 15 April in Brussels.
Erasmus Day events have been held with the aim to introduce the biggest student exchange programme in Europe Erasmus+ to the University community. Universities – partners were introduced in a fair; students who had participated in the programme made presentations and shared their experience.
Lithuanian Sports University announcing a competition for the topics and supervisors of PhD thesis in the field of Biology. The documents (reasoning and CV) should be submitted to the Office of Doctoral Studies and Research by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org before April 3, 2015.
Reassessment of Lithuanian Sports University activities took place in the beginning of October 2014. The expert evaluation was positive and Lithuanian Sports University was accredited for the maximum period of 6 years. The first assessment of the University activities in 2011 was negative, and the University was accredited for the minimum period of 3 years. After the reassessment the experts expressed surprise at faultlessly implemented recommendations and obvious changes.
Every year, Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) ranks and awards the best university athletes. LSU Sports and Leisure Centre has organized the celebration for several years in a row. The President of the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania Daina Gudzinevičiūtė congratulated the best university athletes this year. Festive atmosphere was created by the opera soloist Mindaugas Jankauskas and the accompanist Beata Vingraitė as well as LSU ensemble “Rasa”.
The meeting of Lithuanian Sports University Alumni took place on 26 February. Election of the President and the Board was included in the agenda of the meeting. Virgilijus Alekna, one of the most famous Lithuanian athletes, discus thrower, champion and record holder of Summer Olympic Games of 2000 and 2004, world champion, European champion, national champion and record holder was elected the President of the club for the coming two-year term.
The Research Council of Lithuania, implementing the project of the EU Structural Funds “Support for Students’ Scientific Research” allocated funding for Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) and set up scolarships for three students of LSU. The students will carry out research in their free time after studies during the spring semester of 2015.
Professor Dr. Per Aagaard from the University of Southern Denmark has visited Lithuanian Sports University. He investigates muscle fatigue, injury prevention, aging and training of physical characteristics.
LSU student Agnė Sereikaitė got into the final of Ladies’ Short Track Speed Skating 500 m event at the Winter Universiade 2015, staged in Spain. The athlete skated the distance in 43,817 seconds and won bronze.
The graduates of the second cycle study programme of Tourism and Sports Management were awarded diplomas in February. 13 Master students graduated from the University this year; 4 of them were awarded Diplomas with Honors.
Edgaras Abromavičius, a Master student in Tourism and Sports Management, had the opportunity to watch NBA regular season match between Milwaukee “Bucks” and New-York “Knicks” in London thanks to LSU Honorary Doctor and NBA Vice-President Jesus Bueno Pascual. This was not the first NBA game held outside the US - such basketball events have already taken place in Brazil and China this year.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arūnas Emeljanovas and lecturer Brigita Miežienė, LSU, cooperate with a company “HOPSports” (the USA), the main objective of which is to promote a coherent, active and health-friendly lifestyle at home, at school and in the workplace.
The Senate of Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) has granted a title of LSU Honorary Doctor to the NBA Vice-President Jesus Bueno Pascual. According to LSU Chancellor Dr. Mindaugas Balčiūnas, J. B. Pascual has made a great contribution to the University and the country. He is helping to strengthen ties with the NBA, promote the university’s internationality and Lithuanian basketball.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irena Valantinė and Dr. Inga Staškevičiūtė-Butienė, teachers at the Department of Sport Management, Economics and Sociology, LSU, are commencing their activities of Erasmus+ sports programme (Collaborative Partnerships and Not-for-profit European Sport events) project “How to lead a club to a successful future / sportGO” (557990-EPP-1-2014-1-AT-SPO-SCP). The project will last for 28 months.
A fair of Lithuanian higher education institutions was held in Delhi, India on the initiative of the European Union structural support project “Development of Internationalisation of Higher Education of Lithuania” and Education Exchanges Support Foundation (EESF). It was the second fair on studies presented by the project, which was attended by the representatives of Lithuanian Sports University.
The founding conference of the University Sport Science Organization took place at Istanbul University (Turkey). The Organization was created by five European higher education institutions: Istanbul University (Turkey), the University of Worcester (Great Britain), the University of León (Spain), the University of Las Palmas (Spain) and Lithuanian Sports University.
The researchers of Lithuanian Sports University and their colleagues from Lithuanian University of Health Sciences carried out a research on the impact of intense eccentric-concentric physical exercise (jumps from platform performed) on the adaptation of human muscles of lower limbs and connective tissue.
LSU students and teachers benevolently joined the project “Kaunieti, būk dosnus!” (“Kaunas Resident, Be Generous!”) and took part in the campaign of blood donation for the newborn in Kaunas. 32 representatives of LSU completed donor questionnaires, and 26 of them donated blood.
The teachers of the Department of Sport Management, Economics and Sociology, the Faculty of Sport Education Prof. Dr. Edmundas Jasinskas, Dr. Regina Navickienė, Diana Komskienė, Dana Rimkevičienė and the head Assoc. Prof. Dr. Biruta Švagždienė participated in an international training of tourism professionals in Druskininkai “The Future of Tourism in the Baltic Sea Region in a Dynamic Digital Environment”. The first training for the Baltic Sea region of such level was organized by The Ministry of Economy together with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The event was attended by about one hundred and fifty representatives of the tourism sector from Lithuania, Germany, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Russia and other countries.
Prof. Goran Sporis (Croatia) visited LSU on 17—21 November. He gave theoretical lectures and conducted seminars on the following topics: “Football player training” (to graduate students), “Physical capacity in sport: physical and physiological characteristics” (to graduate students), “Successful publication of research articles in the journal Kinesiology (ISI Web of Science)” (to graduate and post-graduate students, the University researchers), “Football coaching technology” (to graduate students), and “Quantitative and qualitative research in sport science” (to graduate and post-graduate students).
A project of a higher education programme “Nordplus” has been presented on the initiative of LSU lecturer Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jūratė Požėrienė in order to develop an international joint study programme of the second cycle Adapted Physical Activity. The project received funding, therefore, LSU hosted the first meeting of the universities of Nordic countries involved in Nordplus High Education project “Nordic Master in Adapted Physical Activity” (NMAPA) at the end of November. The University was visited by the participants of an international project: Ditte Sörensen and Lars Kristén (Halmstad University, Sweden), Kauppinen Matti and Vilhu Jyrki (Haaga-Helia University, Finland), and Aija Klavina (Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Latvia). The lecturers of the programme Adapted Physical Activity Diana Rėklaitienė and Vida Ostasevičienė represented LSU.
Lithuanian Sports University celebrated its 80th anniversary. For this occasion, different events took place since early morning. One of the most outstanding events to be mentioned was the opening of the lecture hall named after the Rector of the University Professor Stanislovas Stonkus, followed by a scientific conference dedicated to the memory of Dr. Antanas Jurgelionis. Later on, a press conference took place attended by LSU alumni: Vice-President of the Seimas Vydas Gedvilas, honoured country's basketball coach Vladas Garastas, the Olympic vice-champion Austra Skujytė and the Rector Prof. Habil. Dr. Albertas Skurvydas.
An international consortium meeting of the EU universities’ project “European Bachelor in Physical Activity and Lifestyle Counselling” took place at LSU. During the meeting, the current situation of the study programme was analyzed, study process improvement and optimization opportunities of the programme “European Bachelor of Physical Activity and Lifestyle” were discussed.
An unusual lecture has been delivered to LSU students of an international study programme “European Bachelor of Physical Activity and Lifestyle”. They had an opportunity to interact with students of the same study programme from the Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior (Portugal) via “Skype”.
Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) students have repeatedly suprised at an ambition to proclaim North American National Basketball Association (NBA). They have recently conducted a study on the marketing of the league; now “Žaidimų lyga” (“Gaming League”) has been established. It organises online NBA game “NBA 2K15” tournaments for a PC and Playstation4 console holders. “Žaidimų lyga“ is expanding new partnerships and is going to cooperate with the Lithuanian Sports University. “I am convinced that sport, science and information technology are particularly related. Video games promote interest in the real game and physical activity”, said Edgaras Abromavičius, the director of the public institution “Žaidimų lyga”.
The researchers of the LSU Institute of Sport Science and Innovations together with the teachers and students of the study programme Coaching Systems have launched an investigation "Boxer speed endurance training in a series of blows with different rest periods”. During the investigation athletes will test hand stroke power, frequency and endurance while hitting the bag with maximum effort simulating the fight of 3 rounds.
Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas, a graduate and former lecturer, has made a visit to LSU. He delivered a lecture on "Sports Technology for the best swimmers of the USA”. A physiologist, scientist, software developer and creator of training methodologies G. Sokolovas has lived in the United States for almost fifteen years.
An international consortium meeting of a project carried out by the EU universities “European Bachelor in Physical Activity and Lifestyle Counselling” will take place on 5 - 7 November at LSU. An international study programme “European Bachelor of Physical Activity and Lifestyle“ has been developed as an outcome of the project and offered to students this year.
Lithuanian Sports University continues cooperation with the North American Basketball League (NBA), London Department. Half a year ago four students visited the headquarters of the NBA; this time a joint project is being implemented together with the manager of the league, responsible for NBA video games in Europe. “We have agreed to carry out research in several directions on NBA video games and publicize the results. We have recently conducted an experimental study with the University students and the NBA video game users. Dr. Lina Pilelienė consulted us. One group, consisting of 30 LSU students, watched the NBA competition on television, another group of 30 people played a video game. We aimed to compare and find out the level of effectiveness of the product demonstration via sports event broadcasting and playing a video game. It will answer the problem question where to invest - the television or video game media channels", said Edgaras Abromavičius, a Master degree student of Sports Management at LSU.
Scientists and researchers from more than 30 countries participated in “European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity 2014”, which took place in Madrid, Spain. 235 oral and poster presentations were delivered on the following topics: adapted physical activity as a means of inclusion, aspects of integrated physical education, parasports (organization and sports of high achievements), the importance of health and rehabilitation measures for self-sufficiency and social activity of persons with disabilities. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jūratė Požėrienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Diana Rėklaitienė and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vida Ostasevičienė (LSU, Department of Applied Biology and Rehabilitation) took part in the Congress and presented the recent research, sponsored by the Research Council of Lithuania. The assistant professors also actively participated in public discussions of the symposium.
Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) is expanding the circle of social partners and will collaborate with the Lithuanian State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania. LSU Rector Prof. Habil. Dr. Albertas Skurvydas and the Chief Adviser of the State Department of Tourism Raimonda Balnienė signed a partnership agreement in Vilnius.
The closing meeting of the project “Social D.I.A.L.” took place in the Congress Palace, London (Great Britain) where the trends in Active Leisure sector development in Europe were discussed. Lithuania was represented by LSU teacher Dr. Simona Pajaujienė and LSU social partner Aurimas Mačiukas, the head of the wellness centre “Linija”.
The Chairman of the Standards Council of the European Health and Fitness Association Prof. Thomas Rieger will be visiting Lithuanian Sports University on 2 October. He will deliver a lecture “Employability of Sport Science Graduate in the European Fitness Industry” on 2 October, 2.00 p.m., Room 218 (Central Building). The lecture will take 30 – 45 minutes and will be followed by a debate with the participants of the event.
Lithuanian Sports University started a new academic year on 1st September. Welcoming speeches were made by the University Rector Prof. Habil. Dr. Albertas Skurvydas, Vice-Rector for Sports and Infrastructure and the Chairman of the Senate Prof. Dr. Aleksas Stanislovaitis, Vice-Rector for Studies Prof. Dr. Rasa Jankauskienė, Vice-Rector for Research Prof. Dr. Arvydas Stasiulis, Deans of the faculties Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nerijus Masiulis and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arūnas Emeljanovas as well as the President of the Student Representative Council Elvinas Staškus.
Lithuanian Sports University is ready for external institutional its activity evaluation. Self-evaluation covers four activity areas: strategic management, studies and lifelong learning, research activities and impact on the development of the country and region. LSU community (students, teachers and administrative staff) and social partners take active participation in preparing the University activity report.
The starting centre for Lithuanian men's basketball team and the Toronto “Raptors” (NBA) Jonas Valančiūnas will seek for knowledge at Lithuanian Sports University. Basketball talent signed a contract as an external student with the University and will study Coaching Systems.
A cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Health and Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) has been signed in Vilnius. The main objective of the agreement is to foster healt-promoting physical activity among Lithuanians. This sphere is new in Lithuania; it does not orient to high level achievements in sport, but provides a possibility to promote health according to idividual physical condition with the help of physical activities.
University of Southern Denmark Professor Karsten Froberg was granted a title of Honorary Doctor at a celebratory meeting of the Senate of the Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) on 7 April. The title was conferred for support in the development of the University sports science, significant international research in sports science in cooperation with LSU and meaningful educational activities.
Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) students have visited the European seat of the National Basketball Association in London. Four Tourism and Sports Management students met with the Vice President NBA Europe Jesus Bueno Pascual and other employees of the department.
Quality Contest 2013 award ceremony took place in Kaunas City Hall where the Lithuanian Sports University was presented with a „Quality Statue“ for the most successful Erasmus staff mobility activities during the period of 2007 – 2013.
Twice an Olympic champion, twice world champion in discus throw Virgilijus Alekna started preparing for the new season. Traditionally, the athlete tested his physical fitness in Lithuanian Sports University (LSU). The scientists are able to test athletes of excellence due to the unique equipment the University possesses.
The first edition of international electronic scientific journal "Leisure Time Research" has appeared recently, which can be found at: http://laisvalaikiotyrimai.lsu.lt/index.php/lt/.
The founder of the journal is the Department of Sports Management, Economics and Sociology and the publisher is – the Lithuanian Sports University.
On the 1st of September, 417 first-year students will begin the new academic year at Lithuanian Sports University.
This has become clear after the announcement of general admission results to Lithuanian higher education institutions.
On the basis of the data of the Centre for Academic Quality Supervision, 417 students of the first cycle and 134 students of the second cycle university programmes will open the door of the University.
Research articles by Lithuanian Sports University researchers are published in the most prestigious scientific journals of sports science. Recently most of the articles have been published in the Journal of Applied Physiology (science citation index of 3.7), which is in the group of five best-known among 150 sports science journals. It aspirational for many Lithuanian and foreign universities.
The next year, the door should open the country's first Sports Gymnasium. The Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) signed a Cooperation Agreement with Šiauliai Vijoliai Secondary School yesterday.
”We are delighted that the first sports gymnasium will finally launch its operations in the country. Under contractual obligations we commit to all forms of assistance in the development and the implementation of specialized training programs”, – said the rector of LSU, Prof. Habil. Dr. Albertas Skurvydas In addition, under this agreement, the University, together with the Šiauliai city municipality and other potential founders will participate in future reorganization of the school, the establishment of LSU Sports Gymnasium and further activities.
The Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) introduced the National Institute for Health Development (NIHD). An organized forum was attended by the Chairman of the Parliament Vydas Gedvilas, the General Director of Physical Education and Sports Department Klemensas Rimšelis, the LSU Prof. Habil. Dr. Albertas Skurvydas, the president of the NIHD Ignas Staškevičius, the partners of the Institute and the community of LSU.
Sports volunteering in Lithuania is generally associated with larger events, but there are few volunteers who work in sports organizations or small events. The Lithuanian Sports University initiated the two-week Erasmus Intensive Program "European Identity through Volunteering in Sport” (EIVoS) funded by the European Commission. The aims of the program are to identify problems and encourage volunteering.
2013 has been announced the year of wellness by Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. A great number of events will be organized as well as discussions, experts‘ opinions and considerations on the factors that promote public health: do we maintain healthy lifestyle, how beneficial are strategies and do we exercise only watching TV?
Vice President NBA Europe Jesus Bueno Pascual has paid a visit to Lithuanian Sports University. He has taken part at the press conference as well as met with university community, basketball experts and all those interested in basketball management. Jesus Bueno Pascual has introduced the strategies of development, support and marketing of the NBA brand, shared his experience in search of sponsors and cooperation with them and has given answers to the questions.
The Parliament of Lithuania has approved to change the title Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education. By the resolution of the Parliament the former title will be renamed to Lihuanian Sports University. “The reforms that have been implemented recently received proper attention. Mokslo Scientific achievements, study programmes meet the requirements for the university. Our University is considered to be one of the best sports universities, it is the only sports university in Lithuania as well as the unique university in Baltic and Scandinavian countries. The decision made by the Lithuanian Parliament is of special importance and very satisfying, it encourages us to continue the reformation process“- claimed the Rector of LSU, prof. Albertas Skurvydas.
There is an unabated interest in Masters Degree (MSc) in European Basketball Coaching Science that has been launched by The University of Worcester (Worcester, UK) in partnership with the Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education – LAPE (Kaunas, Lithuania).
“Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education has introduced more beneficial study programmes for students and Lithuanian higher education institution is keeping ahead of the University of the United Kingdom “.
Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education welcomed a renowned professor Boris Gudnik from Unitec Institute of Technology (Oakland, New Zealand) and Moscow State Classic Academy (Russia) . Before the Restoration of Independence the professor had been working at the Academy for nine years. “ I can see great changes here. There is a very special attention to science. Your strength is in young researchers who have a privillege of teaching and being engaged in research. The prestige of the university depends on the notoriety of research at most.You are on the right course‘‘.
Mr David Hunt, HM Ambassador to Lithuania visited Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education. The UK ambassador presented preparation for 2012 London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, got acquainted with academic and research achievements at LAPE and met Lithuanian athletes who had won the pass to 2012 London Olympic Games.
A third year student of Physiotherapy of Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education Donata Vištartaitė became a twice winner of 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships as well as a bronze medal holder at 2012 European Rowing Championships. After four-year studies she has a break now. “I would like to finish my studies successfully and acquire as much knowledge as possible. I wouldn’t like just to get a diploma. After the most important sports events I am planning to come back to the Academy”, said Donata.
Graduation ceremony to mark the official conferral of award certificates will be held at Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education. Over 500 students graduated from the Academy, according to the data of LAPE Study Control Centre: 394 students in first degree (full-time and part-time) and 125 students – in second degree study programmes.