In the election for KTU Rector’s position – 3 candidates from Lithuania and abroad

Important | 2023-03-15

On Wednesday, March 15 the Council of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) approved all three applicants as candidates to participate in the open election for KTU Rector’s position. Lithuanian citizens living in Lithuania and abroad participate in the competition.

The Rector is elected and appointed by the KTU Council for a 5-year term through a public competition. Elections are organised by a board comprised of Council members. The competition is conducted under the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Science and Studies, the University Statute and the description of the Rector’s election procedure.

The KTU Council approved the candidates for the Rector’s position after evaluating the University Senate’s resolution regarding the candidates’ compliance with the University’s pedagogical and scientific requirements.

“I am happy that the election for the leading position of one of the top universities in the country and the region attracted strong international and local candidates from KTU and business. The entire University community will be able to familiarise themselves with the candidates’ visions of the future of KTU in detail at the Open Council meeting,” said Lina Slavinskė, a Chairwoman of the election board, a member of the KTU Council, Head of Social Partnerships at Hostinger.

Candidates for the KTU Rector’s position (listed in alphabetical order):

  1. Professor Edmond Paul Saliklis, PhD Civil Engineering, California Polytechnic University
  2. Renata Urbonė, PhD Social Sciences, Management and Administration, co-owner of Esperonus, JSC
  3. Professor Eugenijus Valatka, PhD Chemical Engineering, Rector of Kaunas University of Technology

Next step in the election process – the Open Council Meeting where the candidates will present their visions of the future of KTU to the University community. Then, the KTU Rector will be elected and approved by the University Council during a closed meeting, which is planned no later than 20 days after the Open Council Meeting. The dates of the both meetings will be announced later.

Under the Law on Science and Studies of the Republic of Lithuania and the KTU Statute, the University Council announced a public international competition for the KTU Rector’s position on January 9, 2023. The admission of documents to participate in the competition was open until 2 p.m. on March 10, 2023.