Kaunas University of Technology acts responsibly

KTU is integrating the United Nations sustainable development goals (17 SDG) in all areas of its activity. The University aims to develop responsible future leaders and specialists in their areas, and attempts to achieve long-term goals concerning well-being of people and environment. Following the guidelines of socially responsible activities, the University conducts educational activities, initiates projects; the principles of sustainable development are integrated in various University’s activities.

According to this attitude, the University aims for new knowledge and technologies to serve for the well-being of the people and the environment. It includes focusing on cultivating the culture of sustainable development and responsibility within the University’s community and strengthening of the University’s responsibility to the environment, society and region.

KTU’s strategy is aimed at strengthening the University’s responsibility to society and the country by consolidating its activities to improve the quality of human life and accelerate the development of statehood. Responsible attitude towards environment and the society at the University is based on the philosophy of sustainable development activities, such as:

  • Introducing the instruments of responsible and sustainable development at the University
  • Conducting educational activities
  • Initiating projects and activities contributing to the sustainability of the University, region and the world
  • Integrating sustainable development principles in various University’s activities: studies, research and administrative processes, enhancing the awareness and involvement of KTU community and improvement of its infrastructure
  • Cooperation in one of the main principles for the sustainability of environment, society and economic well-being

KTU acts in a responsible manner based on the common university values: Sustaining spirit and traditions of the University of Lithuania; Responsibility to society; Cooperation; Transparency of activities; Pro-activeness; Creativity; Professionalism; Academic integrity; Constant improvement.

 

Social Responsibility reports of Kaunas University of Technology

 

Equality and diversity

In order to fully implement the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Magna Charta of the European Universities, Kaunas University of Technology organises its activities while creating an open environment where individual differences, characteristics, potential and contribution of all its staff and students are acknowledged and appreciated. Each employee and student has a right to work and study in the environment that encourages respect to everyone’s dignity.
To foster and ensure the implementation of the fundamental human rights which are set out in the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the Equality and Diversity Policy was approved and the University’s Equality Committee was established.

The members of the University’s Equality Committee

  1. Jurgita Giniūnienė, Head of the Human Resources Management Office  (Chairwoman of the Committee);
  2. Arūnas Pūras, Head of the Building Administration Group;
  3. Asta Švarcaitė, Head of the Administration of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design;
  4. Mindaugas Žilys, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering;
  5. Živilė Rutkūnienė, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences;
  6. Danguolė Rutkauskienė, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Informatics;
  7. Danielius Gudauskas, student;
  8. Dominykas Bartaška, student.

Tasks of the University Equal Opportunities Commission:

  1. to examine reports (complaints) of University employees and students regarding the violation or persecution of equal opportunities;
  2. to coordinate the implementation of the Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy at the University;
  3. provide advice to managers, staff and students on equal opportunities issues;
  4. to prevent violations of equal opportunities.

The University Equal Opportunities Commission operates as an independent, objective and impartial body with no preconceived notions of discrimination, harassment, violations of equal opportunities and harassment.

Notification of a violation of equal opportunities

Possible cases of violation of equal opportunities or misconduct may be reported to the University by email or in the electronic system of KTU employee:

*  – access is  possible through a secure connection via a virtual private network only.

 

Global sustainable development goals – KTU sustainability

KTU sustainable development related activities are implemented according to the programmes of the United Nations:

10 UN Global Compact Principles UN Global Compact (Principles)

Global Compact is the largest voluntary social responsibility initiative of companies/corporations that has two main goals:

1) To help companies introduce the principles of Global Compact in their business strategy

2) To promote cooperation and partnership between various sectors within and outside the state to achieve the universal goals of global development

Global Compact is based on the principles of human rights, labour force and environmental protection that are established in the following international documents:

2015 September. The United Nations General Assembly has announced 17 global sustainable development goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators to meet by 2030.

The goals of sustainable development are a strategic direction for the development of the world, focused on various actors, taking bold and change-promoting measures.

The point is to take immediate action to “steer the world in a sustainable and flexible direction” “without leaving anyone aside”, as implementation is based on “fully beneficial cooperation between present and future generations”.

5 key elements for action on sustainable development goals:

  • people
  • planet
  • prosperity
  • peace
  • partnership

At the heart of the concept of sustainable development is the constructive interaction of the three main components – the environment, the economy and society.

For the generation that can be named as:

  • the first generation to overcome poverty, or
  • the last to have a chance to save the planet.

Human rights

Principle 1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.

Principle 2. Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labour force

Principle 3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.

Principle 4. Elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.

Principle 5. Abolition of child labour.

Principle 6. Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Environment

Principle 7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.

Principle 8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.

Principle 9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Anti-corruption

Principle 10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

 

17 Global Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

#1
No Poverty

KTU ‘s Objectives to Achieve Goal # 1

1.1. Meeting basic needs is a prerequisite for greater public involvement in sustainable development. Therefore, the relevant faculties or research groups of KTU can significantly contribute to the reduction of poverty and economic exclusion in Lithuania, Europe or other countries of the world.
1.2. Integration of social (poverty) themes in interdisciplinary research.
1.3. Quality education – to avoid poverty.
1.4. KTU graduates are job creators.
1.5. KTU’s contribution to the improvement of the national social security system and measures.
1.b. to carry out research and analysis identifying the impact of investments on the reduction of poverty and social exclusion in Lithuania

#2
Zero Hunger

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 2

2.2. KTU to develop and promote proper eating habits and abilities
2.4. Research and implementation of a sustainable food production, supply and consumption system

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#3
Good Health and Well-Being

KTU Objectives # 3 to achieve

3.4. Services and training for the KTU community on non-communicable diseases and promotion of mental health and well-being
3.5. Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse (narcotic drugs and alcohol)
3.6. Integrating road safety and responsible driving into a sustainable mobility plan to reduce traffic risks
3.9. Pollution prevention and management by reducing the impact on human health.
3.9. Indoor and outdoor air quality research for safe work and studies at KTU
3.a. Implement tobacco prevention measures and initiatives

#4
Quality Education

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 4

4.3. Equal opportunities for men and women to study
4.4. Integrate entrepreneurial competencies for students in order to achieve higher employment of graduates and their contribution to the growth of public welfare
4.5. To provide opportunities for people with disabilities to study and work at KTU on an equal footing
4.7. Until 2030 to ensure that ALL learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, but not limited to, education for sustainable development and the promotion of sustainable living, human rights, gender equality, peace and non-violent culture, global citizenship and cultural diversity and the contribution of cultures to sustainable development; development evaluation issues
4.a. Ensure a safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environment at KTU
4.b. Integrate (for scholarships, invite students to study) students from developing countries into globally relevant study and research programs

#5
Gender Equality

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 5

5.1. Discrimination against women at KTU is intolerable
5.2. Tolerance of all forms of violence against women and girls
5.2. KTU Research and Recommendations for Avoiding Violence
5.4. Promoting shared responsibility (men and women) in the household and in the family
5.5. Full and effective participation of women and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making
5b. The use of enabling technologies, especially ICT, to promote women’s rights is research into the potential of innovative technologies
5.c. Gender equality issues are integrated into KTU’s policy, strategy and all regulations and procedures

#6
Clean Water and Sanitation

KTU Objectives # 6 to achieve

6.3. Improving water quality: (a) wastewater treatment technologies and systems; (b) responsible waste management (increasing recycling and safe re-use and eliminating landfills); (c) reducing the potential for other pollutants to enter water bodies
6.3. Promoting the responsible use of inland waters (sustainable tourism, responsible behavior)
6.4. Improving water efficiency: a) equipment and technology; (b) information; (c) awareness; (d) innovation
6.a. International and sectoral cooperation and research on water quality and efficiency management
6.b. Promoting local community initiatives, capacity building and involvement in water quality and resource management

#7
Afordable and Clean Energy

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 7

#8
Decent Work and Economic Growth

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 8

#9
Industry, Innovation and Infrastucture

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 9

#10
Reduced Inequalities

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 10

#11
Sustainable Cities and Communities

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 11

#12
Responsible Consuption and Production

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 12

#13
Climate Action

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 13

#14
Life Below Water

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 14

#15
Life on Land

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 15

#16
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

KTU Objectives to Achieve Goal # 16

#17
Partnerships for the Goals

KTU Objectives # 17 to achieve the goal

17.7. Encourage the development, transfer, dissemination and dissemination of environmentally sound technologies in cooperation with business, governmental and international organizations
17.8. Contribute to the application and development of enabling technologies, in particular information and communication technologies.
17.9. To contribute to the strengthening of effective and targeted capacities for the KTU community, the society of Kaunas and the whole of Lithuania, helping to achieve the goals of sustainable development
17.14. Ensure policy coherence for sustainable development at KTU
17.16. Expand the partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that bring together and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources to support the achievement of sustainable development goals and their understanding of their importance in society
5/17/17 KTU to cooperate with organizations and associations that carry out or coordinate activities for sustainable development. KTU to play a proactive role in implementing sustainable development measures not only at KTU but also at the city or national level.
17.19. Follow existing initiatives to develop indicators for measuring progress in sustainable development to monitor KTU’s sustainable development activities and to prepare and publish sustainable development reports. Periodically review and improve the sustainable development strategy and plans, updating and complementing them with appropriate measures

Integrating Sustainable Development at KTU

One of the main goals of sustainable development, to which the University responds, is Quality Education (# 4).
Through studies, research and the management of the University’s infrastructure, we directly contribute to the fostering of a culture of sustainable development and form a responsible approach of the University to solutions relevant to society, business, the region and the environment.

Therefore, purposeful partnership (# 17) with business, social and other scientific and non-governmental organizations has a direct impact and creates value for the Kaunas and Lithuanian region, and international partnerships lead to the implementation of regional or global challenges.

The University supports the development of sustainable and smart cities (# 11). Together with the public sector and business, it contributes to the development of smart cities and a more sustainable environment to make the daily lives of people and businesses in the city as comfortable as possible.

The University develops resilient infrastructure, promotes inclusive and sustainable industrialization and contributes to innovation (# 9). The University also ensures sustainable consumption and production patterns (# 12) and takes urgent action to combat climate change and its effects (# 13).

The University strives to ensure a healthy life and promotes the well-being of all age groups (# 3). Promotes sustainable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, productive employment and decent work (# 8). Efforts are being made to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls (# 5).

The coordinating representativeLolita Jurkšienė lolita.jurksiene@ktu.lt

The direct activities of the University do not contradict the values of sustainability implemented in the process of science and studies, they contribute to the establishment of these values and the demonstration of good examples.

KTU acts responsibly, based on the values of the university: The spirit and traditions of the University; responsibility to society; cooperation; transparency of activities; initiative; creativity; professionalism; academic integrity; continuous improvement.

The University adheres to international agreements and agreed principles of conduct, and also promotes social initiatives.

KTU voluntarily incorporates social and environmental principles into its activities.

The University works not only for the benefit of the KTU community, but also for the benefit of society as a whole.

The coordinating representative – Adriana Kviklienė adriana.kvikliene@ktu.lt

The University carries out educational activities, initiates projects, and integrates the principles of sustainable development in various activities of the University.

The university invests in human capital.

The aim is for new knowledge and technology to serve not only human well-being but also the environment. A culture of sustainable development and responsibility in the University community is purposefully fostered, contributing to ensuring the sustainability of KTU and strengthening responsibility for the environment, society and the region.

Research and results integrate sustainable development goals, which make a direct contribution to regional and KTU coherence.

Affordable and clean energy (# 7)

University participates in the development of modern renewable energy systems (# 7)

2019 The roof of the building complex of the IX building of Kaunas University of Technology was covered with solar energy elements, a solar power system was installed, integrating solar energy, its storage and coordination of flows. The total area is 5.5 thousand. sq.m. meters. It holds 1520 photovoltaic solar modules. The unique project has won worldwide recognition at the Energy Globe Awards.

The University is determined to continue implementing and developing alternative energy solutions.

The solar cell created by KTU Faculty of Chemical Technology V. Getautis together with other scientists is as much as 29.15 percent. the falling light converts it into electricity. This is a global record for the efficiency of solar cells. Self-assembled organic semiconductors are inexpensive. They cover the electrode of the solar cell with a thin, only a few nanometers thick molecular layer, which consumes a very small amount of material. It is estimated that 1 g of this semiconductor can cover a surface area of 1000 m2. It is very important that the development of silicon-perovskite tandem solar cells utilizes the existing production capacity of silicon solar cells, so the business will not need significant additional investment.

The professor’s work with co-authors was published in the world’s most famous scientific journal, Science.

Good health and well-being (# 3)

University strives for a healthy life, participates in the development of smart health technologies (# 3)

Researchers at the KTU Institute for Biomedical Engineering have developed a smart bracelet that automatically recognizes atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia), a condition that can lead to serious complications and even death if not detected in time. More than 1 percent. all populations have this disorder. Due to a rapidly aging society, the scale of the disease is expected to increase to 3 times worldwide over the next 30 years.

The bracelet is a non-invasive, comfortable device that allows you to monitor a person’s condition. When the photoplethysmographic signal detects heart activity close to atrial fibrillation, the device vibrates gently – asking the patient to touch the device with the other hand. In this way, a short electrocardiographic signal is recorded for control signal analysis.

The smart bracelet is easy to use. It is designed for seniors, people who value smart devices and technology with extreme caution.

A team of researchers from the Institute for Biomedical Engineering is further developing the smart bracelet by introducing additional features such as cardiac response monitoring algorithms.

KTU Faculty of Informatics researcher prof. R. Maskeliūnas and his team developed a method based on deep learning, based on which the onset of Alzheimer’s disease can be predicted from brain images. The algorithm is more than 99 percent. separates images of the brain affected by the disease by analyzing the magnetic resonance imaging images of 138 subjects. The new method is more accurate than the previous ones. The new algorithm could also be used to develop software that would automatically analyze data collected from vulnerable groups (over 65 years of age, experienced brain injuries, high blood pressure, etc.) – the system would alert medical staff of anomalies associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

KTU Institute of Health Telematics Science prof. A. Ragauskas together with the team invented and patented a non-invasive method of measuring head pressure. High head pressure, which can be caused by a head injury or brain tumor, can be fatal. Across Europe, around 2.5 million people are affected by brain injuries each year. people, and 75 thousand. such cases result in death. Effective measures can be taken when an increase in head pressure is observed in a timely manner, but the current method of measuring head pressure is based on an invasive procedure – surgical implantation of sensors into the human brain. Invasion of the brain poses a risk to the patient, and this procedure is not possible in all circumstances. The invented device makes it possible to measure head pressure without invading the brain, which has not been possible until now. This allows doctors to start treatment in a timely manner that can save the patient’s life.

KTU prof. Researchers of K. Baršauskas Institute of Ultrasound together with LSMU researchers have developed a non-invasive method of diagnosing melanoma.

Removal of the primary tumor remains necessary in the diagnosis of melanoma, and the decision to operate is usually based on a dermatoscopic assessment of the lesion. The accuracy of skin melanoma diagnosis without surgery is only 65 percent. and is highly dependent on the experience of the dermatologist performing the test.

Based on the analysis of diagnostic images from 100 patient samples, a scientifically developed and patented automated diagnostic system can detect melanoma by more than 90 percent. accuracy. The novelty of the method and technology is based on the fact that the combined diagnostic information is obtained by non-invasive imaging technologies operating on different physical principles. The developed automated system can complement the non-invasive diagnostic methods already used in clinical practice by automatically reliably distinguishing melanoma from melanocytic moles. Effective diagnosis of early-stage malignancies would shorten the time required for the study, allowing more patients to be tested during the routine time of the study.

Based on the results of the research, a prototype of the technology was developed. studies are being continued in a clinical setting.

Researchers at the KTU Food Institute are developing innovative products for personalized nutrition with the participation of an interested group of consumers. Seniors were invited to the creative process. 18 seniors over the age of 65 participated in the project “Consumer Involvement Laboratory”. During the project, they used a variety of new product development methodologies, offering both innovative (protein sauces) and simple ideas (more shredded products, more expressive and informative packaging). The seniors who participated in the practical seminars had the opportunity to participate in joint activities with KTU researchers and not only to see how new products are being developed, but also to create products that meet the expectations of Lithuanian seniors themselves.

Clean water and hygiene (# 6)

University contributes to the implementation of the European Green Course (# 6)

Researchers at the Department of Environmental Technology, KTU Faculty of Chemical Technology, have introduced and are continuing to test a hybrid system of advanced oxidation and sorption with a biologically active adsorbent. It allows to achieve very high efficiency of contaminated water treatment.

Various organic pollutants – phthalates, pharmaceuticals, pesticides – are still found in the treated water of domestic wastewater treatment plants. Scientists around the world agree that these pollutants have a negative impact on aquatic ecosystems and can also enter the human body because the substances are found in drinking water and the food we eat.

The polluted water treatment process proposed by the researchers of KTU Department of Environmental Technology is carried out in 2 stages:

  • In the first stage, the contaminated water is treated by integrating ozonation with photocatalysis. In a relatively short time, various organic pollutants are broken down into small-molecule organic compounds that can be further removed in a biological reactor.
  • In the next stage, the contaminated water enters the biologically activated carbon reactor. In it, activated carbon together with microorganisms that decompose water pollutants form an efficient system. Activated carbon adsorbs organic compounds and reduces the initial concentration of organic compounds in water.

Microorganisms attached to the surface of the activated carbon form a biofilm and decompose contaminants in the water. During such a complex process, the time of using activated carbon in the system is significantly extended and a very high efficiency of contaminated water treatment is achieved.

Such a water treatment system can be easily adapted to treat both domestic and industrial wastewater contaminated with persistent organic pollutants. The introduction of this technology in various industrial and agricultural sectors and the re-use of treated water could significantly reduce the cost of clean water from nature.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (# 9)

University promotes inclusive and sustainable industrialization and contributes to innovation (# 9)

KTU Faculty of Chemical Technology prof. J. V. Gražulevičius and his team develop, synthesize and research organic non-metallic radiators (non-metallic fluorescent substances), which replace inorganic-based devices that use precious and rare metals. Organic LEDs, unlike inorganic ones, can be flexible and large enough in area. Emitters have a highly efficient emission, with quantum yields of up to 100%. Using these radiators, the devices can be formed both by vacuum evaporation and by a much more technological, economical and environmentally friendly method of casting solutions. One of their main applications is organic light emitting diodes, which are used in industry for the production of televisions, computers, telephone screens and various lighting devices. These new materials are expected to lead to greener electronic devices with higher efficiencies, simpler device designs and lower production costs. KTU researchers work together with an international consortium of researchers from 8 countries around the world.

 

  1. Tamulevičius, a professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of KTU and a senior researcher at the Institute of Materials Science, together with his team developed and applied hologram formation technology and software solutions to the market.

While evolving technologies are helping companies to better protect their products from counterfeiters, the growing number of counterfeits shows that this is not enough. The technologies and possibilities used to form holograms have changed over the past decades, but the principle of operation has remained the same: white light illuminates the space in light with diffractive gratings.

Together with a team of researchers from the Department of Multimedia Engineering, KTU Faculty of Informatics, the project “Development and Implementation of a Hologram Diffractive Image Projection Algorithm for Smart Devices (HoloApp)” was implemented. The project uses a femtosecond laser to develop a new technology for direct hologram recording on the surface and an intuitive user interface that generates hologram images for a smart Android platform device. It has been possible to display the colors of the hologram properly on the screen of the smart device, and the integrated gyroscope allows the shades of holograms and visible images to change as you would in a real hologram when you use the device in your hand. Using an advanced femtosecond laser, material is simply removed from the illuminated areas, forming the desired surface relief in the metal foil. Because holograms typically take time to produce, this solution allows potential customers to show what their product will look like without producing the test mark itself.

Hologram production is a sufficiently long process that requires complex equipment and specialized knowledge. Holograms are constantly introducing new technologies and materials, making it increasingly difficult to copy holograms.

 

Researchers at KTU Faculty of Electrical and Electronics have developed an innovative speedometer and system: the speed of a car is determined in less time and more accurately.

Speedometers are identified as an effective means of encouraging drivers not to exceed the speed limit. Rapid measurement of vehicle speeds is essential for more efficient traffic control, as well as rapid data processing and transmission without compromising information quality.

The system, developed by KTU researchers, is designed for traffic monitoring, vehicle classification, speed measurement and vehicle number plate identification at any time of the day in all weather conditions. The new calculation method is adapted to measure the average speed on a given road section using two meters at a certain distance from each other with the means of vehicle identification. If the speed of the vehicles is measured in order to simultaneously identify the vehicles exceeding the speed at that location, a method of their identification is also required. Using the invention of KTU scientists, a conventional method of vehicle identification can be used, where the vehicle registration number is recorded by video cameras. The video capture camera shall be positioned at such a distance from the speedometers that the speed measurement device shall be able to process the data for determining the speed of the vehicle and transmit a signal so that the video capture camera is ready to capture and capture the vehicle. Magnetic sensors that help determine the speed of vehicles must be located in the area of ​​the video camera, in the middle of the traffic lane, below the surface of the carriageway. These sensors determine not only the speed of the vehicle, but also the value.

Sustainable Cities and Communities (# 11)

University contributes to inclusive and sustainable urbanization (# 11)

In 2020, G. Balčytis, Associate Professor and Architect of KTU Faculty of Construction and Architecture, won the National Culture and Art Prize for architecture open to the city and people. The architect has already been awarded the Badge of Honor of the Lithuanian Union of Architects and the Government Culture and Art Prize, and is almost best known as the author of the projects for the reconstruction of the Kaunas bus station and the exclusive Vilkaviškis bus station.

Many cities want to stand out with their architecture and be famous for their world-class buildings – landmarks. However, such objects are often built regardless of the specifics of the area, which greatly alters and sometimes erodes the long-established environment. According to G. Balčytis, architecture is the art of spaces, not planes. For this reason, it is especially important what space the building creates for itself, the street next door and, in general, what space the city creates.

The architect G. Balčytis, who designed the Kaunas bus station together with his colleagues, proved that the exceptional architectural expression of the building is a strong motive for the building to become a city sign, create a distinctive face for several decades of change and enjoy the quality of the urban environment.

“It is said that new buildings are no longer needed, but it is necessary to renovate or replace old buildings – so that they meet today’s requirements and are suitable for the future. If the building can be adapted to these times, it is both a great advantage and a challenge for architects, because the world has never changed so fast, ”says G. Balčytis.

University students gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to contribute to building a sustainable future.

Coordinating representative – Kristina Ukvalbergienė kristina.ukvalbergiene@ktu.lt

The quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the University’s activities are inseparable from responsible, environmentally friendly behavior, therefore the University integrates the principles of quality and sustainable development (# 16), forms a quality and ecological culture (# 15).

The University’s strategy is to strengthen the University’s responsibility to society and the country (# 16) by consolidating its activities to improve the quality of human life and accelerate the development of statehood (# 11). The most important activity in this direction is the formation and transfer of the University’s contribution to the vitality of the country and its sustainable economic, social and cultural development based on knowledge. The goals and activities of the University are focused on the creation of a person and his / her well-being (# 1) – both inside and outside the University:

  • The University is actively involved in the development of the city and the state.
  • The activities of the University comply with the principles of sustainable development, academic freedom and the Greater European University Charter.
  • Every member of the University community acts for the benefit of the University.
  • The University operates strategically outside of itself, creating a favorable environment for it to operate effectively. This shapes the uniqueness and visibility of the University, strengthens its reputation, and expands the content of university activities.
  • The basis of the university’s vitality is a creative student, a professional lecturer and an inventive researcher. The strategy of their opportunities for self-expression seeks to develop an environment with an efficient infrastructure and an attractive environment for communication and knowledge exchange.

The topics of sustainable development are included in all undergraduate study programs and are usually covered in more detail in at least 3-4 different study modules. For example, the study modules of the Bachelor’s study program “Industrial Biotechnology”, which deal with the topics of sustainable development: Introduction to Biotechnology, Sustainable Development, Surface and Colloid Chemistry, Engineering Economics, Bioproducts. Sustainable development topics are covered in most master’s degree programs (65%) and are often studied in at least 2 study modules. For example, the study modules of the Master’s study program “Economics”, which deal with the topics of sustainable development: Macroeconomic Policy, Quality and Sustainable Development Management.

KTU Faculty of Economics and Business participates in the United Nations-sponsored Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. The first progress report of the Faculty of Economics and Business on the implementation of the principles of Responsible Management Training can be found HERE.

Graduates of the Master’s program in Sustainable Management and Manufacturing acquire interdisciplinary competencies relevant to analyzing the challenges of business, industry and regional sustainability and to developing and integrating economically sound and environmentally and socially beneficial innovations to manage sustainability risks and identify innovative business opportunities.

KTU is a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities and, together with 12 other partner universities, participates in the ECIU University project, in which students address real-life challenges using a challenging learning approach. The challenges of ECIU University are focused on the 11th Sustainable Development Goal (# 11) – “to make cities and towns inclusive, secure, resilient and sustainable”. Municipalities, businesses, NGOs and communities offer challenges.

The study module “Creating Challenge-Based Innovation” in which students at KTU and other universities address real-life challenges related to sustainable development goals. Kaunas City Municipality, business and non-governmental organizations offer challenges to students. You can find some of the real-life challenges already solved here.

Master’s study programs provide an opportunity to choose MA + competencies. Students can choose the path of an area expert and deepen their knowledge and skills in the main field of study, or choose the path of an interdisciplinary expert and acquire knowledge and skills in another field or field of study. Several of the MA + competencies offered to students – “Circular Economy” and “Circular Design” – are focused on the goals of sustainable development.

Students of bachelor’s study programs can choose to study the study module “Sustainable Development” (students choose from two alternatives). The aim of this study module is to help the graduate gain a global, critical and reflexive awareness, understanding of the social, economic, cultural and environmental context in which the graduate will operate, an ethical position based on the principles of sustainable development.

Undergraduate students study the Product Development Project module, which brings together researchers, social partners and interdisciplinary student teams to work together to address real-world challenges and create a productive environment for developing new product ideas relevant to society. This module creates real products and services. The themes of the projects are formulated in accordance with the initiative of the year announced by the University, which reflects global (for example, in line with the goals of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)), the European Union, the region, the city and the University.

Adaptability of studies for students with disabilities or individual educational needs https://studentams.ktu.edu/studiju-prieinamumas/

The University community is encouraged, empowered and supported by contributing to the coherence of KTU and the region through its personal or departmental activities.

KTU respects human rights and guarantees the rights of its employees.

Coordinating representative – Jurgita Giniūnienė jurgita.giniuniene@ktu.lt

Coordinating representative – Jurgita Giniūnienė jurgita.giniuniene@ktu.lt

Implementing the principle of gender equality, the University analyzes the gender pay gap and reports to the University Works Council.

The University community is encouraged, empowered and supported by contributing to the coherence of KTU and the region through its personal or departmental activities, in line with the goals of Gender Equality (# 5) and “Decent Work and Economic Growth” (# 8) for World Sustainable Development.

In order to ensure a work-life balance, which is particularly important for the implementation of gender equality, the University provides employees with access to statutory provisions and creates a family-friendly working environment: summer camps are organized for the children of KTU employees; children’s spaces shall be provided where all children of KTU employees can spend meaningful and interesting time during their holidays while their parents are working; prospective first-graders are provided with all the necessary tools and a ‘first-time basket’, not only to help them start a happy school journey, but also to give staff more time to spend on school supplies instead of wasting time shopping for school supplies; Not only employees but also their family members take part in the KTU Employees’ Summer Festival every year. It does not lack good mood and joyful bustle, as a really large group of children gather.

For university staff:

The legal acts adopted by the University regulating the procedures for hiring and evaluating employees, remuneration provisions, the procedure for granting employee leave (including paternity and maternity leave) are based on the universally recognized principles of equality, fairness, internal justice and impartiality and contribute to equal opportunities and diversity. implementation of the policy. Members of the University community are also provided with the opportunity to file appeals on both remuneration and employment relationships in accordance with the procedures set out in the University’s internal legislation.

KTU’s infrastructure and administrative activities are an example of achieving the goals of sustainable development.

Coordinating representative – Svajūnas Jakutis svajunas.jakutis@ktu.lt

KTU chooses renewable energy (# 7; # 9; # 12; # 13)

2019 a hybrid energy production system was developed in the buildings located at Studentu str. 48 and Studentų st. 48 A, which combines technical equipment producing and storing different types of energy, such as a solar power plant (380 kW), a 500 m3 heat storage, a 170 kW heat pump and a waste heat collection system. The energy production system reduces CO2 by about 318 tonnes per year. The data of the system are used in the study programs of the Faculty of Electricity and Electronics. The unique project has won worldwide recognition at the Energy Globe Awards. One and a half thousand innovative ideas from more than 180 countries around the world competed for such recognition.
The amount of investment is 1 million. euros.

2021 solar photovoltaic power plants were installed on the roofs of four buildings of KTU student town: Studentų str. 50, Studentų st. 67; Studentų st. 69, Studentų st. 71. The total solar photovoltaic power capacity of all buildings will be more than 465 kW. It is estimated that it will produce 432 thousand. kWh of electricity. the installation of solar photovoltaic power plants on the roofs of buildings will reduce CO2 emissions by 305 tonnes per year.
Investment amount: 420 thousand. euros.

2022 solar photovoltaic power plants will be installed on the roofs of four buildings of KTU student campus: Radvilėnų pl. 19 (Faculty of Chemical Technology), Studentu str. 54 (publishing house “Technologija”), Studentų str. 56 (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design) and K. Baršausko str. 59 (KTU Santaka Valley), we will additionally purchase one solar power plant from the existing power parks in the country. The total capacity of the solar photovoltaic power plant in all buildings will reach more than 1.5 thousand kW. It is projected to produce $ 1.46 million a year. kWh of electricity. The installation of solar photovoltaic power plants on the roofs of buildings and the purchase of a solar photovoltaic power plant from solar power parks will reduce CO2 emissions by 315 tonnes per year.
Investment amount: 1.7 million euros

In 2023, the University will independently generate at least 30% of the consumed electricity;
We reduce CO2 emissions by 938 tons per year;
Investments in alternative energy sources will reach 3.12 million. euros.

Sorting waste (# 12)

2019-2020 In the territory of the university instead of the old metal 4-6 cu. m. household waste containers are equipped with 6 underground container blocks with separate tanks for glass, plastic, paper and household waste. Since 2013 sorting boxes for secondary raw materials (paper, plastic, glass, batteries) have been built inside all university buildings (faculties, dormitories, rest rooms). Contracts with waste managers are concluded or renewed annually. Worn out org. the equipment is sold to buyers in accordance with the rules provided by the University. We hand over worn-out old furniture to waste handlers, who deliver it to recycling sites.

Promoting sustainable mobility (# 9; # 11; # 12; # 13; # 3)

In the territory of KTU student campus there are 4 electric charging stations for electric cars, 2 scooter rental points, bicycle storage places are installed next to each building where lectures take place. The dormitories also have storage facilities for scooters and bicycles.

 

Awards

  • 2020 – Researchers of the Department of Electric Power Systems at KTU have been awarded the International Sustainability Award in the Energy Globe Award category “National Winner” for the project “Implementation of Renewable Energy Sources in the IX Palace of Kaunas University of Technology”, in more detail »
  • 2017 – Award of the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania for the events of the Waste Reduction Week in 2016, in more detail »
  • 2016 – KTU’s sustainable development strategy and activities have earned the international recognition of the European Union – QUESTE-SI accreditation. “KTU International Assessment for Sustainable Development Presented“, in more detail »
  • 2016 – Kaunas city The award of the municipality is awarded to the educational institution in Kaunas, which has covered the most kilometers in the European bicycle challenge. The challenge of European cycling is over: the results of Kaunas people were surprised, in more detail »
  • 2015 – PR Lapės 2014. For promoting a long-term, environmentally friendly and most cost-effective initiative. Another international professional evaluation for KTU’s marketing and communication activities, in more detail »
  • 2013 – KTU The Most Rational Energy Consuming Company – ESO Green Protocol, in more detail »
  • 2013 – KTU has been awarded the QUESTE-SI award for sustainable development activities. KTU and APINI have won the highest QUESTE-SI awards, in more detail »

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