International Dialogue With the Ukrainian Representatives: the Memorandum was signed

On 26-27 January, the Rector of Uzhhorod National University (Ukraine), Prof. Volodymyr Smolanka, who is also managing the Centre of Neurosurgery-Neurology in Uzhhorod, and the head of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery of Uzhhorod National University, Prof. Michail Oros, visited the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania.

The guests met the LSMU representatives: Prof. R. Žaliūnas, LSMU Rector; Prof. R. Jurkevičius, LSMU Vice-rector for Clinical Medicine and Director General of LSNU Hospital Kauno Klinikos; Prof. D. Rastenytė, LSMU Vice-rector for Studies; Prof. V. Lesauskaitė, LSMU Vice-rector for Research; Prof. A. Naudžiūnas, Director for Medicine and Nursing of LSMU Hospital Kauno Klinikos; Prof. L. Jaruševičienė, Director for Public Health, Research and Education of LSMU Hospital Kauno Klinikos; Prof. K. Petrikonis, Dean of LSMU Postgraduate Study Centre; and G. Diliūnienė, LSMU international programme coordinator.

The memorandum of cooperation was signed during the meeting. Its objective is to promote international cooperation in the areas of education, scientific research and training on the ground of the principles of useful exchange. It was decided to stimulate the exchange of PhD students and academic staff, to exchange the teaching and research practice, and to organize joint seminars and conferences.

The delegation of guests visited the LSMU Clinic of Emergency Medicine, Centre of Traumas and Urgent Help, and LSMU Clinics of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Unit of Neurorehabilitation.

When Prof. V. Smolanka and his delegation came to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania they met Minister of Health R. Šalaševičiūtė. When the cooperation plans were discussed, the following LSMU representatives were also present: Prof. R. Jurkevičius, Prof. K. Petrikonis, and dean of the International Relations and Study Centre, Prof. Ž. Padaiga.

The issues discussed by the LSMU representatives and their foreign colleagues included the projects of urgent medical help, treatment of cardiovascular pathology (strokes and infarcts), pre-hospital and hospital help and rehabilitation in cooperation of the Lithuanian and Ukrainian universities and hospitals with assistance of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania. The exchange possibilities of specialists and cooperation in the implementation of joint international projects were discussed. The questions were raised about the possibility to develop cooperation with other Ukrainian higher medical schools and hospitals.

It is worth noting that the friendship started in 2014 between LSMU Clinic of Neurology and Uzhhorod National University has already shown the first results. At present 4 specialists from Uzhhorod National University are trained in the LSMU Clinics of Neurology and Neurosurgery. Moreover, the Clinics of Rehabilitation, Emergency Medicine, Radiology and Intensive Care also got intensively involved into the training of those specialists. We hope to see the cooperation results growing in the future.


Jurgita Miciulevičiūtė-Smeu
Public Relations Specialist
International Relations and Study Centre


Photos by L. Andriušis