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Kent State and Lithuania's Siauliai University

Kent State partnership with
Lithuania's Siauliai University
June 9, 2011

As far back as 1972 there has been a relationship between Kent State University and Siauliai University in Lithuania. Siauliai is the fourth largest city in Lithuania.

The Lithuanian program at Kent provides essential resources to students. There is a Lithuanian Fellowship Fund, which provides scholarships to qualifying students as well as a three week Summer Research program in Lithuanian research. The participating students are compensated for their work.

Dr. Vidas Lauruska, rector of Siauliai University, Ingrida Bublys, honorary general consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Ohio and Kent State President Lester A. Lefton

Dr. Vidas Lauruska, rector of Siauliai University, Ingrida Bublys, honorary general consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Ohio and Kent State President Lester A. Lefton

Thousands of catalogues books, periodicals and archival items are housed in the Lithuanian Collection of the Kent State Library. It is one of the largest Lithuanian collections outside of Lithuania itself.

James K. Bracken, Dean of the Kent State University Libraries and Dr. Viktoras Stankus, vice president of Lithuanian Community Inc., Cleveland Chapter

James K. Bracken, Dean of the Kent State University Libraries and Dr. Viktoras Stankus, vice president of Lithuanian Community Inc., Cleveland Chapter


On June 9, 2011, culminating years of work spearheaded by Dr. Viktoras Stankus, Kent Lithuanian Program President, an historic agreement was signed by the President of Kent State University, Lestor A. Lefton and Vidas Lauruska, rector (Lithuanian equivalent to president) of Siauliai University.

Signing Siauliai University and Kent State agreement

Dr. Vidas Lauruska of Siauliai University

Dr. Vidas Lauruska, Rector of Siauliai University

President of Kent State University, Lestor A. Lefton

Lestor A. Lefton, President of Kent State University

Kent State and Siauliai University handshake


By signing the document, (a memorandum of understanding), a new partnership was created that will focus on exchange opportunities and potential joint research projects.

Dr. Stasys Tumenas, Dr. Vidas Lauruska, Mrs Regina Lauruskiene, Ingrida Bublys,  Lestor A. Lefton, Dr. Viktoras Stankus, honorary British Consul Sandra Morgan and Dr. Timothy Moerland

Dr. Stasys Tumenas, Dr. Vidas Lauruska, Mrs Regina Lauruskiene, Ingrida Bublys, Lestor A. Lefton, Dr. Viktoras Stankus, honorary British Consul Sandra Morgan and Dr. Timothy Moerland


Mrs Regina Lauruskiene and Diane M. Ruppelt

Mrs Regina Lauruskiene and Diane M. Ruppelt


Ingrida Bublys, honorary general consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Ohio presented a traditional sash to Kent State President Lester A. Lefton.

Ingrida Bublys, honorary general consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Ohio presneted a traditional sash to Kent State President Lester A. Lefton

Ingrida Bublys, honorary general consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Ohio presneted a traditional sash to Kent State President Lester A. Lefton

Ingrida Bublys, honorary general consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Ohio presented a traditional sash to Kent State President Lester A. Lefton

It was an important day for two prestigious universities and the students and communities that they serve.


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