Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
Representative to ERA-AGE
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sarmite Mikulioniene (Department of Social Policy, Mykolas Romeris University).
Professor Dr. Vida Kanopiene (Head of Department of Social Policy, Mykolas Romeris University).
Mykolas Romeris University is a multidisciplinary national higher education body - the 2nd largest university in Lithuania. Studies and research are carried out in the following fields: Law, Public Administration, Economics, Finance Management, Psychology, Social Work, Social Policy, Sociology, Education Science (more than 70 study programmes, about 21 thous. students enrolled). Traditionally the University has engaged in research in the area of social sciences and more recently, has initiated research in biomedicine, technology and the humanities. In 2008 Mykolas Romeris University completed implementing nine European Social Fund and Lithuanian government's general financing funded projects (totaling more than EUR 4.3 million).
Faculty of Social Policy of Mykolas Romeris University being a multidisciplinary academic body provides education for future experts in the field of Social Work, Sociology, Education science, and Psychology. The Faculty welcomes students at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level, from Lithuania and foreign countries. Each academic year about 2000 students are enrolled in the Faculty. The Faculty takes part in international EU Sixth Framework Programme (The Faculty has applied for research project under Seventh Framework Programme as well), European Science Foundation, COST, Erasmus, Jean Monnet, Grundtvig, Tempus, NordFosk, Nordplus HE etc. programmes.
A special field of Faculty staff expertise is social gerontology. The research is developed on: Active Ageing & Lifelong Learning; Demography of Ageing; Organisation and Delivering of Social Services for Older Persons; Wellbeing and Quality of Life of Older Persons. Faculty of Social Policy has one of the strongest academic potential in social gerontology in Lithuania. Research on population ageing, ageing policy, social services for older people and lifelong learning is one of the major fields of research at the Faculty of Social Policy. This research area is particularly promoted and supported by the university.
The topics of ageing covered are as follows:
1. Active ageing policy
2. Lifelong learning
3. Demography of ageing
4. Care regimes for older persons in EU
5. Organisation and Delivering of Social Services for Older Persons
6. Wellbeing and Quality of Life of Older Persons
7. IT for Ageing population (planned)
Publishing and organising scientific meetings on the ongoing ageing research are part of the Mykolas Romeris University research activities. Mykolas Romeris University publishes periodical peer-reviewed academic papers "Social Work", where papers on ageing issues are very welcomed. Mykolas Romeris University offers the very first study programme "Social Gerontology" (Master's degree in Social Work, a 2 years study programme) in the country. Besides these academic activities the university is committed to implementing innovations, which influence the overall progress of society, so the partnership with public administration institutions, including professionals involved in ageing policy formation and implementation and NGO-s of / for older people is established.
For more information about Mykolas Romeris University and its research activities please go to http://www.mruni.eu