Immersion inside the oldest university of Eastern Europe

Founded in 1579 the University of Vilnius is one of the oldest establishments of higher education in Eastern and Central Europe. The Jesuits was in charge of the university during its two first centuries of existence to 1773. In the aftermath of the Third Partition of Poland (1795) and the November Uprising (1830–1831), the university was closed. All the courses were suspended until 1919. In the aftermath of World War I the university saw failed attempts to restart it by Lithuania and invading Soviet forces in March 1919. The University of Vilnius functionned for a long time as the only higher education establishment in Lithuania. As a result, it preserved the cultural and scientific tradition of Lithuania and of some of its neighbours countries. 

By Benoît Theunissen