Academic year 2008-2009



On November 5th 2008, German speaking Erasmus students, accompanied by their mentors and representatives from the Directorate for International Relations and Studies, went for an official visit to Šakiai Secondary School that was organized by the head of Swiss, German and Austrian Studies Centre, Ms. Daiva Astasevičiūtė.

The students were met by the principal of the school Mr. Vitas Daniliauskas, Vice-Deputy Mr.Edmundas Rudzevičius, expert teacher of the German language Mr. Algis Abraitis and pupils, who showed us around the school. Later we were offered some warm tea, coffee and sweets. After the little treat, the group was asked to join a German language class, during which the teacher introduced the school and its history. Afterwards the presentation carried out by the pupils was very interesting and informative covering historical and most famous places of Šakiai and its region. Afterwards, MRU Erasmus students presented their studies at MRU, their home countries, cities and universities (in Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg). Both as an element of attraction and a little test on how well the pupils had been focused on the given information, MRU Erasmus students performed a quiz game, after which the pupils were rewarded with typical national sweets.

In summary, this exchange was fruitful for both sides, unveiling unknown aspects of different cultures to the pupils as well as to Erasmus students. After the traditional group photo and goodbyes, the MRU group enjoyed a cultural journey, stopping at Panemunes castle and Raudones castle to visit this most interesting historical heritage.


A huge bus full of Erasmus students, a few mentors and staff from the Department of International Studies and Relations went to the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) on the 23th of October.
We heard an informative and interesting presentation about the Power Plant. For example, we found out that the Ignalina NPP makes about 73 % of electricity which is used in Lithuania. Therefore Lithuania is the first in the world to produce such amount of electricity at the nuclear power plant. Moreover, the RBMK-1500 reactor is the largest power reactor in the world.
After a visit to the INPP the whole group stopped at a restaurant “Žuvėdra“ wh ere a table with plenty of food was already waiting for us. Then we spent some more time admiring a picturesquare landscape which surrounds this restaurant.

Jurgita Bataitytė, Erasmus Student Mentor

Katja Hartert, Erasmus Student from Germany shares her impressions:

I‘ve never been to a Nuclear Power Plant before, thus I didn‘t think too long until I agreed to go there and just to take the chance. For me it was a successful trip. First of all, it was a well organised and furthermore the information we got there in the Nuclear Power Plant Information Center was extremely interesting for me, especially the facts concerning the process of dismantling of the Power Plant. All in all, for me it was definitely worth going there and spending a day in the middle of nowhere in Lituania....


The 5th of October was a special day for MRU Erasmus students. Their mentors invited them to take part in the City Quiz game. It has been more than a month since their arrival and it is the best time to check how our guests know the city they study in. 50 Erasmus students and about 10 mentors gathered in the center of Vilnius.

How was it going? Erasmus students had to find five objects in the city following the hints and to complete special tasks (making photos with locals, climbing the Hill of Three Crosses, etc.) given by mentors in each location. All teams finished the game with enthusiasm. The quickest and the most creative teams won big watermelons.

The aim of this game was to discover well-known places in Vilnius, get to know each other, to create a team spirit and good mood for everyone. Certainly, it is not the last event organized by mentors.

Vaida Stočkūnaitė, Erasmus Student Mentor


Mentoring program in many European universities functions already for a long time. Lithuania’s universities and colleges students also develop it. Firstly, mentor is a helping hand, a tutor and friend for a foreign student. A mentor by taking care of foreign student’s arrival, settlement and bureaucratic issues, also his/her social or cultural life is creating an image of Lithuania, so that is why we could call a mentor as an youth ambassador at the university. Therefore, this year the Education Exchanges Support Foundation and Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania organized national event “Erasmus Mentors Day” wh ere invited members of mentoring program from many Lithuania’s higher education establishments. Mentors from Mykolas Romeris University also took part in the event.
The program of this event was divided into two parts. In the first one there were some discourses to expand members’ knowledge in intercultural communication competence, to widely present voluntary work, principles, aims and importance of being a volunteer. Also some Lithuania’s universities and a guest from Turkey shared their experience of implementing mentoring program in their universities. Moreover, the European Students Network (ESN) was presented, while the aim of it is to motivate collaboration among those who participate in mentoring program in national and also international level. The second part was based on work in groups to discuss questions: how ESN could work in Lithuania, how to attract more voluntaries to mentoring, etc.
To sum up, the meeting of mentors was decided to promote collaboration between higher education establishments in national level, to share experience, participate in international projects. Also the importance of motivating people to join this program was highlighted and benefits of being a mentor were discussed without forgetting that volunteering is a value in itself.

Valda Karnickaitė





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