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The grand opening of the new academic year was held after St. Mass at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul in the yard of the First Building. Students, lecturers, university and city leaders, quests – all forgathered there.
Šiauliai University’s Rector, Donatas Jurgaitis, made a congratulatory speech after a solemn flag raising ceremony.
“Dear lecturers, scientists, students, University’s community and guests of the new academic year celebration!
The book of science and knowledge of Šiauliai University is opened for the nineteenth time. We begin the meaningful work of cognition, knowledge, its spread and personalities’ development. Every beginning brings fresh ideas and new challenges. The new academic year – the new opportunities for students, lecturers, scientists and other specialists; it is the time to consider the things we can be glad and disappointed about, situations, when we may attempt harder. Studies and science can be both the joy of discoveries and constant hard work.
September 1st is special for our first year students, who believe that studies at our Alma Mater will provide them the expected knowledge, the conception of the chosen study area as well as the future prospects.
Dear first year students! University – is a life laboratory, where brave, open to experiments young future professionals are educated and trained. This is the milieu, in which young people develop their critical thinking, have a possibility to build their own free attitudes, to create their and their country’s future. You have already chosen the further path of your lives. We are joyful for your choice and are glad to accept you to the University’s community; at the same time, we wish that the path of cognition and knowledge would become the path of your lives.
Dear students, knowledge, skills and competencies acquired at the University is a solid foundation for your future; invaluable experience needed for your professional activities, and the cooperation with businesses, industries and public sector enable to create and to realize your own ideas. Have in mind – even a small success may become the starting point for noticeable victories, the top of your own careers. Always remain youthful, bright, creative and never reject even your bravest dreams.
Dear colleagues, lecturers, scientists, implemented aims grant the feeling of confidence and the meaningfulness of works. Let this study year be full of meaningful activities. I wish that the creativity and persistency would enable us to implement even the most surprising ideas and good initiatives.
Priority science researches, experimental expansion and innovative directions, closer contacts with companies, the exploitation of their proposed suggestions, active business involvement into mutual activity – these are the main determinants of sustainable regional development. The University, working with regional businesses and orientating to their demands, believe in mutual work continuation, new ideas realization and improved future of the region.
I congratulate everyone with the beginning of the new academic year and wish you to grow the ambition that would help to become not superior to others, but to be exceptional in studies, science, creativity, in the activities of society’s welfare creation. Let us start from extraordinary activities and then luck, partnership joy, the anxious spirit of creation, excellent mood, energy and personal happiness will lead us. Let us be responsible for our and people’s around us future and create it with mutual efforts.
I wish the unique academic year for the whole University’s community and friends”, Rector D. Jurgaitis concluded his greeting speech.

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Mayor of the city of Šiauliai, Artūras Visockas, Bishop of Šiauliai, Eugenijus Bartulis, Šiauliai Industrial Association President, Alvydas Stulpinas and the Student Representative President of Šiauliai University, Margarita Vagdarytė also greeted the University’s community. She gave a present to the Rector – a T-shirt with a written vow on it. The Rector read the vow aloud and gave a promise to accomplish all its tasks.
The dancers of the folk music ensemble “Saulė” greeted everybody with a traditional dance. At the end of the event, Ingrida Ručinskienė and Evaldas Vaikasas – the students of Music study programme performed the students’ anthem “Gaudeamus”. After the ceremony, the first year students went to the faculties, where the meetings with deans and lecturers were conducted. The final of the new academic year celebration was held at Šiauliai University Educational Theatre, where the Faculty of Arts arranged students’ concert “Welcome Back!”.
It is worth bearing in mind that over 700 new students start their studies at Šiauliai University.

 

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Zenonas Ripinskis’s photographs


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