Last week (on June 30), the members of the Board of Kazimieras Simonavičius University gathered for a meeting. During the meeting, the new image of KSU, the results of the 2021-2022 academic year, and the current admission to the bachelor’s, master’s and integrated study programs offered by the University were discussed. The members of the KSU Board also discussed and made proposals regarding the strengthening of the international strategy of the university, the development of the innovative teaching methodology and improvement of the content of study programmes to meet the needs of the market and employers.

We are extremely happy that heads of foreign universities, experienced scientists, representatives of various businesses and the public sector have become involved in the activities of the University and have expressed their trust in our vision.

The Board is an advisory body of the University’s strategic management, the purpose of which is to determine, analyze and monitor the directions of the University’s strategic development, as well as the maintenance and development of strategic international, political, business and cultural relations.

Current members of the Kazimieras Simonavičius University Board:

Assoc. Dr. sc. Mislav Balković

Henrika Bivainienė

Saulius Buivys

Tadas Četkauskas

Kęstutis Drazdauskas

Žydrė Gavelienė

Vismantas Ivoškevičius

Koit Kaskel

Assoc. Dr. Austė Kiškienė

Prof. Dr. Tomas Krilavičius

Assoc. Dr. Marius Lanskoronskis

Orijana Mashalė

Prof. Dr. Inga Minelgaitė (Chairperson)

Dalius Morkvėnas

Arnold Nausėda

Jarūnė Preikšaitė

Eglė Radišauskienė

David Rafanavičius

Giedrė Ramanauskienė

Prof. Dr. Augusto Sales (Vice Chair)

Dovilė Satkauskienė

Gabija Skučaitė

Darius Verbyla

Antanas Zabulis

Last week, researchers from Kazimieras Simonavicius University Next Society Institute gathered in Vilnius for a three-day seminar during which the planning of research ideas and projects, a strategic planning session and preparations for the Next Society Forum took place.
Next Society Institute (NSI) was established at KSU in 2021. The NSI advances social systems theory in the tradition of Niklas Luhmann and explores synergies with alternative schools of systems theories in domains such as:
– Theories of society;
– Social theories;
– Theories of social differentiation;
– Theories of new and old media;
– Management and organisation theories;
– Theories of foresight and anticipation.
Image credit: Franzicek Dayan.
More about Next Society Institute: https://next.ksu.lt/.

Kazimieras Simonavičius University has joined the European Parliament to Campus initiative! On February 25 Hans-Olaf Henkel, a former Member of the European Parliament, gave a lecture to students of the KSU Law study programme on the EU’s role in strengthening human rights, the rule of law and democracy. Students had fruitful discussion with the invited lecturer and KSU professor dr. Dalia Perkumienė. Such event enriched KSU studies with international experience. The topic of the lecture was especially relevant in the current context of events in Ukraine.

The lecturer obtained education at Hamburg University of Economics and Politics. 2014-2019 was a Member of European Parliament: Vice-Chair in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, participated in the activities of Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector and Subcommittee on Human Rights. Here you may find more information about Mr. Henkel activities in EP.

The lecture was organised in cooperation with The European Parliament Former Members Association (FMA), which brings together more than 800 former MEPs from all EU countries and across the whole political spectrum. Its aim is to inform the citizens of the European Union about EU policies, decisions, institutions and opportunities to participate in legislation and to build a better Europe by involving former MEPs in their work.

We are happy to host 29 Erasmus exchange students from Spain, Italy, France, and Turkey in the Spring semester of 2022. As every year, the Orientation Week was organized for students who came to Kazimieras Simonavičius University from abroad, during which the students got acquainted with the University and the study process, lecturers and each other.

This year, activities for international students were organized remotely, but this did not diminish the joy of getting to know the University and present their home countries. We hope that all students will return on site soon and meet their colleagues live!

On 28 January, KSU team participated in the first partner meeting of the international project “Developing and Consolidating ICT Skills in a Digitalised Environment in Higher Education”, during which the project activities, deadlines and responsibilities of the partners were discussed.

During the implementation of the project, 3 new modules will be developed on ICT, business and life skills, an open learning digitalised platform will be created and training for teachers will be organised.

The project is implemented by 3 universities: St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (Bulgaria), Kazimieras Simonavičius University (Lithuania) and University of Žilina (Slovakia).

Project is funded with support from the European Union under the programme Erasmus+.

Kazimieras Simonavičius University (KSU) in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Association (CAVIA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), is organizing an open webinar and panel discussion “Restart of Aviation Industry: How We Do it in Lithuania?”.

Moderator – Artūras Stankevičius, President of the Civil Aviation Association (CAVIA).

The webinar will be held online on June 4th at 10 a.m., on the Zoom platform.

During the webinar-panel discussion, the speakers will share good practices and their insights on:

  • How have the airports adapted to the changed conditions during and after quarantine;
  • The importance of communication and cooperation between stakeholders in the time of a crisis;
  • Forecasts for Lithuania in comparison with other European countries;
  • When returned to passenger flows as in 2009-2010, what could we do better?


Webinar Speakers


Opening Word
Artūras Stankevičius, President of CAVIA Lithuania.

A Roadmap to Safely Restarting Aviation
Ioannis Mavroeidis, Aviation Industry Analyst, Nordic and Baltic at International Air Transport Association (IATA)

A Roadmap to Safely Restarting Aviation
Catrin Mattsson, Area Manager, Nordic and Baltic at International Air Transport Association (IATA)

A Green Recovery for the Aviation Industry.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anil Padhra, Visiting professor of the International Aviation and Aviation Finance modules of the KSU Aviation Management Bachelor’s study programme.


We Took Off for the Recovery But It Will Not Be Steep: COVID-19 Impact for Fleets and Capacities
Simonas Bartkus, CMO (Chief Marketing Officer), “ch-aviation”.

Importance of Dialog with the Key Stakeholders for Successful Re-start
Arijandas Šliupas, Chairman of the Board of Lithuanian Airports.

11: 20-11: 50
Panel Discussion
Moderator – Artūras Stankevičius, President of CAVIA Lithuania

Registration is open up here until June 3rd at 9 p.m.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.


Kazimieras Simonavičius University, in cooperation with Vilnius Legal Hackers, is organising an open lecture on Legal Tech Trends in 2020. The lecture will be held on 18th of May at 10 AM by Dr. Martynas Mockus. Duration – 45min.

Topic: Legal Tech Trends in 2020

You will learn:

  • What is legal tech?
  • How does economic crisis serve for legal tech?
  • How pandemic of COVID-19 is influencing legal services, legal work?
  • What are legal tech trends in 2020?
  • What are the future directions of legal tech?

Dr. Martynas Mockus

Martynas Mockus holds Joint International Doctoral (Ph.D.) Degree in Law, Science, and Technology (http://www.last-jd.eu/) issued by 5 European universities. He was lecturing and lead students, lawyers and public servants in law and computer science domain since 2005. His research interests are legal ontologies, legislation 2.0, and legal issues of disruptive technologies and phenomenons. A few of Martynas’s accomplishments and roles have included:

  • Expert of Working Party E-Law/E-justice at European Council, also an expert of the European Commission;
  • Vice-director (for technology) of State Enterprise Legal Information Centre, which well known for legal information systems like Litlex, Bailiffs IS, Legal acts register, etc.;
  • Project leader of EU and EEA funded public projects PRISONIS and Modernization of Legal Acts register;
  • Winner of Lexis Nexis prize issued by Austrian Computer Society (for conference paper);
  • The country representative of Erasmus Mundus Association;
  • The organizer of legal tech meetups, competitions, hackathons, boot camp, and legaltech@Vilnius conferences;
  • Founder of Vilnius Legal Hackers, also Legaltech Centre at University.

Registration. Participation is free of charge but the registration is mandatory.

We invite you to participate in an open lecture “The difficult challenge of Cross-Cultural Communication during quarantine period” which will be held on 14th of May at 2 PM. Lecture speaker – Dr. Javed Imran, lecturer at Kazimieras Simonavičius University Business School. Duration of the lecture – 45 min.

Normal life as people knew it has come to a hold after quarantine, restrictions on free movement and nationwide lockdowns. The different ways each nation coping with the huge challenge of coronavirus pandemic and confronting economic and social risks is broadly revealing a lot about their nation’s distinct character and cultural environment. This sudden change and Slowbalization can badly affect us directly or indirectly at personal and or professional level. To deal with the current and post coronavirus challenge, rapid and effective cross-cultural communication is inevitable.

What you will learn in this lecture:

  • Cultural taxonomies
  • Why can’t we all just get along?
  • How culture can be viewed after Coronavirus pandemic?
  • How to bridge our cultural differences?

Who this lecture is for:

  • Students/professionals work in multicultural environment
  • Students/professionals moving or living abroad
  • Anyone curious to understand other cultures and why they act and behave different

Dr. Javed Imran (KSU photo)

Dr. Javed Imran teaches Intercultural Communication at KSU Business School and coordinates KSU International programs. He has more than 10 years of experience in the areas of cross-cultural communication, international collaborations, cross-cultural negotiations and international development. He taught in several prestigious universities in Asia and Europe, highlighting mainly the links between diversity, dialogue and development, and fostering global mutual understanding.

He has also provided Internationalization Strategies Advisory Service to institutional leaders and teams interested in developing or reviewing their internationalization policy, strategy, in various programs.


Participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory. Please, register here.

Since last September, Kazimieras Simonavičius University offers not only the full-time form of Aviation Management studies, but also full-time online studies. Online Studies allows lectures and consultations to be held remotely. Kazimieras Simonavičius University is the only university in Lithuania that provides Aviation Management studies onsite and online. Online learning is tailored to working people – students can study wherever they are and when they are able to.

Working in aviation requires industry-specific knowledge, both if the employee works in an administrative field or in an aircraft crew. Some employees start their work without knowing the peculiarities of the sector, so they have to deepen their knowledge not only by working, but also by studying.

Those who want to know better what online learning is, we invite to participate in the open online lecture “Aviation and COVID-19: The Path to Recovery” which is going to be held by KSU Aviation Management lecturer Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anil Padhra on the 5th of May at 6 PM.
More information and registration:  https://bit.ly/2yVTw0e

More information about Aviation Management online studies: https://bit.ly/2WdqyRn

KSU partner – Algebra International university (Croatia) invites students to spend the summer in a meaningful and interesting way by participating in the distance Summer School, which will take place on July 5-25.

KSU students will receive a 5% discount on the total price.

Courses offered:

• Artificial intelligence;

• Cyber security;

• Branding;

• Data-driven storytelling.

All offered courses are 6 or 3 ECTS credits, so it is possible to transfer earned credit back to your home institution where you are presently enrolled in a degree program.

Registration is open until May 15, 2020.

All information and registration: https://bit.ly/2xVXlCn

Jonny Andersen

This week a new visiting lecturer – Jonny Andersen, who will teach Ground Services Management, joined the team of lecturers of the Aviation Management study programme at Kazimieras Simonavičius University Business School.

Jonny Andersen is seasoned and tested aviation executive with 25 years of extensive global experience and expertise in leading change, directing airport and ground operations, providing business transformations and managing infrastructure projects.

He has worked as CEO of Kenya Airports Authority where he oversaw an organization with 2000 employees running operations and development of 18 state owned aerodromes in Kenya. Before joining Kenya Airports Authority in Nairobi, Kenya, he worked as Director National Airports at Avinor in Norway with the responsibility of running six airports in Norway. During his course of employment, he also held the position as Senior Vice President Ground Operations at AirBaltic in Latvia.

He is a guest lecturer at the University of Geneva, teaches airport strategy for IATA clients around the world and advices among others AIRBUS on different airport related matters.

Highlights of expertise:

  • Strategic planning & analysis
  • Business transformation
  • Infrastructure development
  • Airport privatization
  • Airport and ground operations management
  • Change management
  • Leadership & mentoring

Jonny Andersen is the founder of AirportWorks, an independent advisory practice for airport operators, private and public airport owners as well as institutional investors and regional development banks. AirportWorks provides, through its network of global industry experts, advice in the areas of airport privatization, sustainable optimization of airport systems, infrastructure development and airport strategy planning.

Jonny holds a Master of Science degree from Cranfield University in the UK. He is an associate of Modalis Infrastructure Partners Inc. in Canada and has since 2016 been a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS).

“We are glad that the team of lecturers in Aviation Management study program at KSU is growing rapidly and academic positions are filled by excellent and well-known aviation experts, practitioners, and professors from all over the world. This allows to ensure the exceptional quality  of the modules taught in the study program, and at the same time shows that this study program and its team of professional teachers are not subjacent to other famous aviation study programs in Europe”, says Deimantė Žilinskienė, KSU Business School Director.

Kazimieras Simonavičius University in cooperation with Lithuanian Association of Hotels and Restaurants, is organising an open lecture named “Tourism, hospitality and experience industry of Tomorrow”. On April 30th 10 AM, the lecture will be given by Vesa Heikkinen, a Finnish expert of tourism, hospitality, food industry and services. The lecture is intended for tourism professionals, partners, lecturers, students and graduates of Kazimieras Simonavičius University. Duration of the lecture – 45 min.

The topics of the lecture:

  • ​Tourism, hospitality and experience business before 3/2020
  • When is this over? What should companies do now?
  • Customers, services and products of Tomorrow

Vesa Heikkinen Antero is a Future Researcher in the fields of tourism hospitality, food industry and services. He is a Senior advisor on European tourism, hospitality, experience and food industry, service innovations, principle lecturer at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, and Expert columnist of Aromi journal. He holds a doctoral degree in Pedagogy.

Vesa Heikkinen

Vesa Heikkinen Antero’s research, innovation and teaching areas:

  • Service, food and hospitality innovations
  • Business insight and foresight in tourism, hospitality, food and experience industries
  • Service and experience design
  • Tourism, hospitality and experience trends
  • Future food
  • Future airport, shopping malls, fairs, meetings
  • Future of destinations, theme parks, hotels, restaurants and services
  • Digi-physical experiences
  • Skill analysis, qualifications in service industry
  • Service robotics, wearables, multi-sensory spaces
  • Ambient and design management

Registration will be held here up to April 29th.