Head of the Institute - Prof. Dr. Bronius Maskuliunas
P. Visinskio St. 38
LT-76352 Siauliai, Lithuania
Tel. +370 41 595871
Fax +370 41 595875
E-mail - maskuliunas@su.lt

European Studies Institute (ESI) was founded in 2005 by joining research and cultural centres of the Faculty of Humanities: Dialect Studies Centre (head assoc. prof. Janina Svambaryte-Valuziene), Cultural Anthropology Centre (prof. dr. Gintautas Mazeikis), Northern Lithuania History Centre (assoc. prof. Rita-Regina Trimoniene), British and American Studies Centres (lect. Vilija Adminiene), French Cultural Centre (assoc. prof. Vytautas Bikulcius), Russian Cultural Centre (assoc. prof. Svetlana Karavajeva), Swedish Cultural Centre (assoc. prof. Gintautas Saulis), and Swiss Cultural Centre (lect. dr. Reda Toleikiene).

The mission of ESI is strengthening humanitarian and international aspects within the university, the city of Siauliai and regional community to speed up integration into EU; organization, coordination and implementation of research and studies into European processes and way of life; collection of materials on European studies, their analysis, dissemination and practical application at the university; initiation and stimulation of collaboration and complex interdisciplinary activities between the departments of the Humanities Faculty to develop European studies.

The aims and objectives of ESI are as follows:

  • carrying out research, applied programs and projects dealing with European issues
  • looking for ways to integrate research potential of the Institute and the Humanities Faculty in the EU research programs
  • integration of research activities of the Institute in the study process
  • development and supervising of specialized study programs dealing with European issues (Master's, special professional studies', specializations, etc.)
  • participation in academic exchange programs
  • joining European academic information network
  • organizing interdisciplinary and intercultural research conferences, seminars and other events connected with European issues
  • developing material-technical base for research activities
  • organizing educational and cultural events
  • carrying out other activities to implement the aims of the Institute and the Faculty.
In 2006 the Institute organized an international conference European Studies: between Globalisation and Regionalism (Social and Humanities Aspects), attended by over 30 scientists from all over the world. In 2007, ESI is planning another conference of the series - European Studies: Dialects and Language Policy.