Introduction of a Member Institute: Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University

Who are we?

The Institute is an academic institution specialising in social and political sciences, which holds a faculty status at Vilnius University.

IIRPS has been present in the academic and political life of Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic region since its establishment in 1992. Interconnection with the government Institutions and our wide range of acknowledged experts, modern teaching techniques concentrated on developing critical thinking, professionally carried out researches and carefully developed partnership with Universities and think tanks across the world give the Institute a status of noted academic institution and think tank.

What do we do?

We teach
IIRPS conducts three-level studies: BA in Political Science and five MA Master Programmes:
International Relations and Diplomacy, European Studies, Comparative Politics, Public Administration, Eastern and Central European Studies (the latter delivered in English).
We also conduct full time and external PhD studies.

We research
Relevance of research problems, originality of solutions and the interdisciplinarity are the main principles of our research.
Main research themes include:
• Challenges to Democracy in Post-communist World
• Changes in Global Politics
• Political Transformations in Eastern Europe
• Development of EU after Lisbon
• Public Policy Process and Development of Public Administration after the EU Enlargement

We consult
The Institute is proud to have gathered together a number of prominent experts on national, European and international politics who are renowned for their competent and original public commentaries, expert knowledge and professional experience. Our experts conduct both critical analysis of contemporary social science issues, political philosophy, international relations, and policy oriented research. They have contributed extensively to the analysis of Lithuania’s accession into the EU and NATO and its role in these organizations and other international structures, country’s relationships with its neighbours in the region, including Nordic-Baltic countries, Poland as well as Eastern partners.

IIRPS takes active part in Lithuania’s 2013 EU Presidency process.

For more information please refer to our website and social networks.