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About the Conference

International conference “Strengthening of Collaboration, Leadership and Professionalization in Research Management and Administration”

Effective and strategic management of research is critical to ensure the success and sustainability of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in an increasing complex and competitive global research environment. The International conference on “Strengthening of Collaboration, Leadership and Professionalization in Research Management and Administration” will provide the basis for a major change in attitude towards Research Management and Administration as an enabler of institutional success.

The agenda of the event includes discussions on the role of research management and administration in EU member states and African Higher Education institutions. It will include the sharing of best practices on internationalization, academic performance management, as well as a comparative analysis of Higher Education research management and administration ecosystems. The conference will also present a new initiatives focused on the professionalization of research managers and administrators.

The conference is made possible by co-funding from the European Union Erasmus+ programme, and in particular by the results of the “Strengthening of Collaboration, Leadership and Professionalization in Research Management in SADC and EU Higher Education Institutions” StoRM project




“Strengthening of Collaboration, Leadership and Professionalization in Research Management and Administration”

24/04/2019 Venue: Kaunas University of Technology, Valley “Santaka” K. Baršausko g. 59 LT-51423, Kaunas, Room: A228
  Wednesday, April 24th  
 Conference agenda
9.00-9.10 Welcome

Leonas Balaševičius, Kaunas University of Technology;

Therina Theron, Stellenbosch University

Room No. A228
9.10-9.40 Key notes

“The Role of Research Management in Higher Education Institutions”

Jan Andersen, Technical University of Denmark, EARMA

Thandi Mgwebi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Postgraduate Studies, Research, Innovation and Engagement Tshwane University of Technology

Room No. A228
9.40-10.40 Parallel sessions

“Outcomes of Internship and Mentorship Programme between SADC and EU Higher Education Institutions”

Anna Matros-Goreses, Namibia University of Science & Technology;

Chris Sturrock, University of Copenhagen (as leads); Godson Gotsha, Botswana Open University (case study of his internships)

“Internationalization strategies of SADC and EU Higher Education Institutions. EARMA/SARIMA fellowship as a practical example of internationalization ”

Mogodisheng B.M. Sekhwela, University of Botswana

Yogeshkumar Naik, SARIMA

Moderator- Giedrė Šadeikaitė, Kaunas University of Technology, Director of International Relations Department

Room No. A228

Room No. A225

10.40-10.50 Coffee break
10.50-11.50 Parallel sessions

Publication practices & Open-access approaches between SADC and EU Higher Education Institutions”

Maryke Hunter-Hüsselman, Stellenbosch University

Jose Frantz, University of the Western Cape

Hileni Kapenda, University of Namibia

 “Professional Development in Research Management and administration’’

Therina Theron, SU (PGDip)

Yogeshkumar Naik, SARIMA (Professional Recognition)

Room No. A228

Room No. A225

12.00-13.30 Lunch Restaurant “Profesorius”
13.30-14.30 Report presentations /workshop/discussion

“Benchmarking Study on Research Management and Administration Capabilities and Functions of SADC and EU Higher Education Institutions”

Asta Pundzienė, Kaunas University of Technology

Jurgita Giniūnienė, Kaunas University of Technology

Room No. A228
14.30-16.00 Panel discussion

“Research Management and Administration in Baltic countries. Opportunities and Challenges”

Leonas Balaševičius,  Kaunas University of Technology,

Ilona Baumane-Vitolina, Latvia University,

Antanas Čenys, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University,

Simon Glasser, Bristol University,

Julija Kiršienė, Vytautas Magnus University,

Juozas Kupčinskas, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences,

Vida Lapinskaitė, Vilnius University

Valdemaras Razumas, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport,

Maaja Vadi, Tartu University

Room No. A228



16.00-16.30 Closing remarks

 Asta Pundzienė, Kaunas University of Technology;

Therina Theron, Stellenbosch University

Ask us

Conference coordinator

Ieva Anužienė
+370 (615) 72 998


Main Information


Lithuanian currency is the Euro. Euro foreign exchange reference rates may vary so foreign delegates are advised to check the daily euro foreign exchange reference rates (published by the European Central Bank) or use the currency converter.


Organisers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of belongings of participants or their accompanying persons. It is therefore recommended that delegates and accompanying persons arrange for appropriate travel and health insurance before traveling.


Lithuanian is the official language in Lithuania. English and Russian are spoken widely throughout the country. Lithuanian is a very old language. Linguists are particularly interested in Lithuanian because it is considered to be the oldest surviving Indo-European language. It retains many archaic features, which are believed to have been present in the early stages of the Proto-Indo-European language. Lithuanian belongs to the family of Baltic languages. Lithuanian has over 3 million speakers worldwide, the majority of them being in Lithuania. Here you will find some useful Lithuanian phrases.


No vaccines are mandatory.


Tap water is purified and 100% safe to drink. Bottled water is available at all supermarkets and cafes.


Participants may fly to and from Kaunas and Vilnius airports. Bus No. 29 connects Kaunas International Airport with the city centre.  A taxi service is available for those who need a speedier transfer.

There are  several ways to get from Vilnius Airport (VNO) to Kaunas: by bus, train or car. From Vilnius airport to Vilnius train station there is a bus No. 1 and No. 2. The journey from Vilnius airport to Vilnius train station takes about 20 minutes. The price for one ticket is aprox. 1,00 EUR. For bus information: http://stops.lt/vilnius/#vilnius/en

The train journey to Kaunas takes about 1h10. For train information: https://www.traukiniobilietas.lt/portal/en

There is always an option using UBER or Taxi as well as CityBee https://www.citybee.lt/en


Can be hailed on the streets, called by phone or using mobile App. The average price for one kilometer by taxi is 0,70 EUR.

Taxify in Kaunas. Wherever you are in the beautiful city of Kaunas, from Defensive medieval Kaunas Castle to Town Hall Square at the heart of the Old Town Kaunas, Taxify is just a tap of a button away.


 Europa Royale Kaunas

Misko str. 11, LT-44321 Kaunas

Europa Royale Kaunas

 BEST WESTERN Santakos Hotel

Gruodzio g. 21, LT-44293 Kaunas, Lithuania

Best Western Santaka

Hotel Kaunas

Laisves Al. 79, LT-44297 Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas Hotel

Park Inn by Radisson Kaunas

K. Donelaicio str. 27, LT-44240 Kaunas Lithuania


Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading centre of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. The centre of Kaunas is divided into the Old and the New Town. The Old Town is a remarkable archaeological monument and an architectural masterpiece incorporating Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. It is a concentration of the ancient architectural monuments, such as the remnants of the 13th century castle, the impressive Town Hall, popularly known as the White Swan, and the Vilnius street, a characteristic trade street of the Middle Ages. The New Town is represented by the Laisvės alėja or the Liberty Avenue – a central pedestrian street often called the ‘Heart of Kaunas’ where numerous hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars are located. Kaunas is famous for M. K. Čiurlionis Art Gallery, where you can find the unique collection of works painted by the famous Lithuanian painter and composer M. K. Čiurlionis. The conference venue is located in the centre of Kaunas and within walking distance to various interesting places. Due to its geographical position, today, Kaunas is Lithuania‘s most important center of communication. It is a home of a variety of festivals & events, from operettas to modern dance, from classical music to Jazz. Kaunas was chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2022. And as a Capital of Culture 2022. The city is famous for its Interwar architecture which was awarded the European Heritage label and is on its way to UNESCO.

Between 1920 and 1940 Kaunas was the temporary capital of Lithuania. The fast-growing city became a cradle of the Lithuanian intelligentsia and culture. On December 2015 Kaunas became the first city in Eastern and Central Europe to win UNESCO City of Design status.


Welcome to





Valley Santaka, Kaunas University of Technology

K. Baršausko str. 59
LT-51423 Kaunas

phone: +370 (615) 72 998