2009-01-15

U.S. Elon University students visit MRU campus

foje09 January 15th, a group of 18 students from U.S. Elon University (Elon, NC) on a whirlwind tour thru Europe, visited Mykolas Romeris University accompanied by Associate Professor Dr. Betty Morgan from Elon's Dept. of Political Science and Public Administration. The students, including one from Iceland, are studying the European Union (EU) and its institutions. They have already visited Brussels, Luxembourg, the Hague and will travel onward to Budapest from Vilnius.

Elon University Assistant Professor at the School of Communications Richard Landesberg, Ph.D., said Vilnius
was very welcoming.

He said Vilnius was included on a list of cities to visit aside from Vienna, Budapest and Brussels, to showcase
to students what the new Europe looks like.

"It's a great illustration of one of the emerging democracies in the EU," Landesberg said. "It gives them (students) a more larger, rounded perspective of what they're looking at," he said.

"There's a certain feel to this city (Vilnius) that is welcoming and it's infused with a fascinating and clearly difficult past that is hard for an American to comprehend," he added.

"For someone who grew up in the Cold War era, this illustrates the past and what the future could be," Landesberg said.

Morgan met with Mykolas Romeris University's Faculty of Law Vice Dean Dalia Vasarienė to discuss possible areas of
cooperation.

Elon University has a student body that totals 5,000 and about 800 of the students travel abroad during the 3-week
winter break, according to Landesberg.