Bronislovas Lubys (Lithuania) is Doctor of Science, entrepreneur, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania (1992–1995), signatory of the Act of the Restoration of the Independent State by the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania, The President of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (1993–2011), former General Manager of the business group Achemos Grupė, graduate of the University.
In 1983–1991 Dr Lubys was teaching at the Department of Physical Chemistry of the Faculty of Chemical Technology of Kaunas University of Technology (former KPI), from 1989 was associate professor who taught chemical technology. Since regaining of the independence he was a member of KTU Senate.
Professor Lubys was one of the most active developers and promoters of the Lithuanian industry. He actively participated in the development of the large-scale production industry of chemical fertilisers in Lithuania; he supervised the preparation of the specialists for this industry and their professional education.
The title of KTU Honorary Doctor was awarded for the following merits to the University:
- For the contribution in the consolidation of the independence of Lithuania, strengthening of the country’s self-sufficiency and economic power, constant support of the University
- Initiated the establishment of the science centre at KTU: in 1995, the management of Achema started thinking about the establishment of the science centre. Such training centre promoting chemical engineering specialistion among the pupils, was established at KTU
- In 2002 Achemos Grupė led by Lubys allocated 0.5 million Litas (about 145 thousand euros) to the University for the establishment of the first Lithuanian laboratory of chemical engineering
- The company led by Lubys contributed to the improvement of the University’s science infrastructure, provided conditions to the students’ internships at the business group’s companies, cooperated while solving various technological problems and preparing the projects for the EU funds. Within three years, Achemos Grupė invested in the laboratory equipment of the Faculty of Chemical Technology (CTF) approximately 750 thousand Litas (217 thousand euros)
- KTU was the first school of higher education to sign a contract in 2001 which consolidated a close cooperation with Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists led by Lubys. Since then the meetings of the presidency of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists and KTU Senate and Rectorate are regularly organised at the University; they involve discussions on the relevant issues of science-industry cooperation
- At the initiative of Lubys, Achemos Grupė established annual scholarships to the best students of CTF in 2004. Total amount of the annual scholarships is almost 20 thousand Litas (5,800 EUR)
- Dr Lubys was a regular participant of the conference Science and Industry organised by KTU and other partners; he gave presentations and participated in other important events of the University