Jean Monnet Chair Mindaugas Jurkynas

.Jean Monnet Chair – General Description .

A Jean Monnet Chair is a teaching post with a specialization in European Union studies for university professors. It can only be held by one professor, who must provide the minimum of 90 teaching hours per academic year over a period of three consecutive years. In addition the Chair must carry out at least one additional activity per academic year.

Main activities (minimum of 90 hours per academic year):

deepen teaching in EU studies in an official curriculum of a higher education institution

provide in-depth teaching on EU matters for future professionals in fields which are in increasing demand on the labour market

Additional activities:

provide teaching/lectures to students from other departments (e.g. architecture, medicine, etc) to better prepare them for their future professional life

encourage, advise and mentor young teachers and researchers in EU studies subject areas

conduct, monitor and supervise research on EU subjects for other educational levels such as teacher training and compulsory education

conferences, seminars/webinars, workshops, etc. targeting policy makers at local, regional and national level as well as civil society

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Jean Monnet Chair – Project Description 

EU, internal Europeanisation and Small States

Project focuses on development of excellence in research and teaching on EU and production of knowledge about EU phenomena, raising European awareness and publicly communicating, promoting Jean Monnet activities to students, young professionals, NGO members, experts and politicians, officials, NGO members, teachers, journalists and pupils. The project aim at improving academic and professional lives, European awareness and civic skills in Lithuania. The project will also promote the knowledge of Jean Monnet Chair activities in Lithuania and abroad.

Main activities of the project:

  1. Teaching university courses on Western European Politics and Europeanisation, Scandinavian Politics and Small States with focus on the EU
  2. Co-organisation and participation at Conferences, seminars debates and workshops with participating ministries, Nordic and other Western embassies, European Parliament Liason Office and Representation of European Commission in Lithuania and other relevant parties
  3. Organisation of EU ambassadors’ in Lithuania and Lithuanian politicians’ lectures on European issues at Vytautas Magnus University
  4. Publishing scholarly articles on Baltic regional identities, selection of party leadership and elections to the European Parliament
  5. Commenting on EU developments and political processes in Lithuania for media
  6. Incorporation of EU-related teaching aspects at universities in Ukraine within the EU Key Action 2 project “Rethinking Regional Studies: the Baltic-Black Sea Connection”
  7. Provision of offers for PhD Candidate’s research in Lithuania on EU-related topics
  8. Participation in the Erasmus+ teaching exchanges
  9. Update of the Master study programmes “Diplomacy” and “Nordic and Baltic studies”
  10. Organisation of seminar on the profile and dissemination of project results


Mindaugas Jurkynas CV: cv Jurkynas 2022 ENG

Project Activities


25.09.2020 In autumn semester, 120 students follow Prof. Jurkynas courses (Lithuanian political system and tradition (BA, 30 hours) – 62, Scandinavian politics (BA, 30 hours) – 39 and Political systems (BA, 30 hours) – 19.

07.10.2020 Commentary “Who to vote for?”

14.10.2020 Commentary “Results of the first half” (

27.10.2020 Commentary “Waiting for the new government” (

05.11.2020 Virtual Erasmus+ lecturer exchange teaching at the University of Latvia (course leader – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Iveta Reinholde).

08.12.2020 Debate “Is there a Place for Democratic Change in the Future World?”. Co-organised by the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy of Vytautas Magnus University and Elcano Royal Institute (

03.12.2020 Prof. Jurkynas taught at another faculty of Vytautas Magnus University (Faculty of Humanities) reading the BA course Scandinavian politics (30 hours, 39 students).

09.12.2020 Commentary “Confirmation of the government – much ado about nothing?” (

20.12.2020 Book Chapter ‘From Coronation to Bear-Pit: Leadership Selection in the Party Order and Justice’, 2020, in Aylott, Nicholas and Niklas Bolin (eds), Managing Leader Selection in European Political Parties, London, Palgrave,



14.01.2021 Discussion on new government in Lithuania at the media portal 15min.lt

19.01.2021 Virtual class “European Union: What’s About It?” for the final-year students at Jonas Basanavičius gymnasium in Vilnius, Lithuania. 83 pupils attended the on-line event (Information according to Virginija Dudarevičienė, Deputy Principal at Jonas Basanavičius Gymnasium).

26.01.2021 President of the Republic of Lithuania appointed Prof. Dr. Mindaugas Jurkynas as a member of the Council of National Radio and Television (

01.02.2021 Rector of Vytautas Magnus University appointed Prof. Dr. Mindaugas Jurkynas as Head of Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy.

12.02.2021 Prof. Dr. Mindaugas Jurkynas co-organised an essay competition on Lithuanian identity and statehood at Jonas Basanavičius gymnasium in Vilnius, Lithuania ( 8 pupils participated at the competition. (Information according to Virginija Dudarevičienė, Deputy Principal at Jonas Basanavičius Gymnasium).

15.03.2021 The article of Prof. Dr. Mindaugas Jurkynas has been published: “Change in a time of pandemic: the 2020 parliamentary elections in Lithuania (2021), Journal of Baltic Studies, Published online 15 March 2021, pp. 1-10.

19.03.2021 Vytautas Magnus University, Eastern European Study Centre, Nordic embassies and Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania have co-organised the 6th annual conference (webinar) on Nordic-Baltic cooperation, focusing on the Arctic region. Prof. Dr. Mindaugas Jurkynas has been among the co-organisers and one out of two moderators at the conference. During the event, around 60 people on Zoom, as well as around 400 unique visitors on  Facebook followed the webinar. The broadcast reached over 3000 users on Facebook. The event was also wide-spread around the social  networks – this Facebook event reached almost 7500 Facebook users.(information according to Justinas Kulys, administrative supervisor of the event at the Eastern European Study Centre).

Arctic Conference 19 March

31.03.2021 Three guest speakers participated in the Vytautas Magnus University classes of Prof. Mindaugas Jurkynas. Deputy foreign minister and former Head of European Commission Representation in Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius gave a talk on Lithuania’s European policies in the course “Lithuania’s Foreign Policy”. Dr. Donatas Vainalavičius, first secretary at Lithuania’s embassy in Latvia introduced the students to Latvian foreign policy from a small state’s perspective in the course “Small states in international politics”. Finally, Head of European Parliament Office Daiva Jakaitė presented contemporary EU challenges and achievements in the course “Western European Politics”.

02.04.2021 In 2021 spring semester, 71 students follow Prof. Jurkynas courses (Western European Political Systems (MA, 45 hours) – 11, Small and middle states in international politics (BA, 30 hours) – 36 and Lithuanian foreign policy (BA, 30 hours) – 24).

06.04.2021 Prof. Mindaugas Jurkynas applied to the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy as a potential PhD supervisor offering students to conduct PhD research in European studies.

19.04.2021 Chair of master programme “Diplomacy” Prof. Jurkynas administered the update of the aforementioned master programme: posedzio protokolas 2021 04

23.04.2021 Participation with the presentation on “The Baltic World” at the 2nd International e-Conference “The world in the age of pandemic and post-pandemic period”, 22-23.04.2021, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland 2nd International e-Conference The world in the age of pandemic and post-pandemic period – programme [2]

10.05.2021 Comments on Lithuanian politics at 15min news portal:

12.05.2021 Guest lecture of H. E. Ambassador of Portugal to Lithuania João Maria Cabral “Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, 2021: Priorities and its implementation” at Vytautas Magnus University

17.05.2021 Participation at debates on the National Public Broadcaster as Jean Monnet Chair:

17.05.2021 Article on minority government in Lithuania at internet news portal

28.05.2021: Interview at Vytautas Magnus University:

02.06.2021 Interview on radical right parties at news portal

08.06.2021 Interview on President’s annual address at National Public Television ( and Laisvės TV (

15.06.2021 Interview on geopolitical situation in Eastern and Northern neighbourhood at the Centre of Political and Social Critics of Vytautas Magnus University:

21.06.2021 Interview on the activities of President of Lithuania at the National Public Television:

28.06.2021: Interview on decisions President of Lithuania at the European Council at news portal

28.06.2021: Interview on the President of Lithuania and the European Council at the National Public Television:

29.06.2021: Interview on radical right in Lithuania at the national daily “Lietuvos rytas”,

06.07.2021: Kyiv, Ukraine: Presentation “Lithuania and the EU: happy 17 years after?” at the workshop “Teaching the EU in the Challenging Context” (Rebuilding the Potential of EU Studies in the Conflict-affected Areas of Ukraine: Addressing Challenges and Creating Solutions, (619892-EPP-1-2020-1-1-UA-EPPJMO-PROJECT) lecturers’ teams from Eastern Ukrainian Universities:

  1. Berdyansk State Pedagogical University (Zaporizhzhia region) 
  2. Bogdan Khmelnitsky Melitopol State Pedagogical University  (Zaporizhzhia region) 
  3. Donbass State Pedagogical University (Slovyansk, Donetsk Region) 
  4. Donetsk National University of Economics and Trade named after M. Tugan-Baranovsky (Kryvyi Rih) 
  5. Donetsk State University of Management (Mariupol, Donetsk Region) 
  6. East Ukrainian Volodymyr Dahl National University (Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk Region) 
  7. Luhansk National Agrarian University (Starobilsk, Luhansk Region) 
  8. Mariupol State University (Donetsk Region) 
  9. Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University (Vinnytsia)

08.07.2021: Odessa, Ukraine: Presentation “Europeanisation and Jean Monnet Chair Project” at Odessa I. Mechnikov university within the EU Key Action 2 project “Rethinking Regional Studies: the Baltic-Black Sea Connection” (586281-EPP-1-2017-1-EE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP (2017-2883/001-001).

12.07.2021: Interview on President’s two year-term at news portal

26.07.2021: Article published: Jurkynas, Mindaugas (2021), Regional Identities in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: Being Baltic, Looking North, Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 68, Issue 4.

26.08.2021: Interview for news portal on the Social Democrats:

07.09.2021: Moderator of the Third Annual Forum on Regions, Presidential Office (Topics, Green Economy, Financial capacity of municipalities, EU support for regions):

13.09.2021: Comment on political perspective of the Conservative party at news portal

15.09.2021 In autumn semester, 80 students follow Prof. Jurkynas lectures and seminars (Lithuanian political system and tradition (BA, 30 hours) – 50, and Political systems (BA, 30 hours) – 30.

17.09.2021: Participation in the final meeting and discussion about Europeanisation of education within the project “Rethinking Regional Studies: the Baltic-Black Sea Connection” 586281-EPP-1-2017-1-EE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP (2017-2883/001-001) at Kyiv national T. Shevchenko University.

04.10.2021: Erasmus+ exchange teaching visit at the University of Foggia, Italy (hosted by Prof. Domenico Viti) 27.09.2021-02.10.2021

11.10.2021: Participation at the discussion on governmental activities at “LRT Forumas” on National Television

13.10.2021: Presentation on Lithuania and Europeanisation at the event of the European Parliament Bureau in Lithuania  “Schools as Ambassadors of the Parliament” in Vilnius.

18.10.2021 Interview on new party of Democrats on radio channels M1 and Lithuanian National Radio

20.10.2021: Co-organisation and moderation of Lithuanian National Security Conference, Vilnius, Grand Dukes’ Palace:

21.10.2021 Experience sharing on the Jean Monnet Chair project at Erasmus+ Higher Education International Dimension BALTIC INFO DAYS 2021, October 20-21, 2021, Tallinn, Estonia:

Erasmus+ Higher EducationInternational Dimension:BALTIC INFO DAYS 2021

Jean Monnet Chair: EU, internal Europeanisation and Small States

27.10.2021: Participation in the discussion on government’s first year on the national radio:

16.11.2021 Her Excellency the Ambassador of Slovenia Božena Forštnarič Boroje gave a lecture on the Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council in 2021 in the course “Political systems”:

16.11.2021 A class of Speaker of the Lithuanian parliament Viktorija Čmilytė – Nielsen at the course “Lithuanian political system and tradition”:

17. 11.2021 Erasmus+ teaching exchange visit at Palermo University (Hosted by Professor Dr. Antonello Miranda)

27.11.2021: Presentation “Selection of a leader in the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party”, Sixth International Conference “Political Parties and Elections: Ukrainian and World Practices” Lviv Ivan Franko University (on-line):

02.12.2021: Political comment on the largest daily “Lietuvos rytas”:

10.12.2021: Presentation of Jean Monnet Chair project at the faculty of international relations of Lviv I. Franko University:

13.12.2021: Participation in debates on Lithuanian foreign policy at the National Television:

15.12.2021: Article on the government at


05.01.2022: Article on foreign policy of Lithuania at

19.01.2022: Debates on President’s mid-term on Laisvės TV:

22.01.2022: Comments on new laws at news agency ELTA:

28.01.2022: Comments on geopolitical tensions at news portal

02.02.2002: In 2022 spring semester, 68 students follow Prof. Jurkynas courses (Europeanisation (MA, 45 hours) – 8, Small and middle states in international politics (BA, 30 hours) – 15 and Lithuanian foreign policy (BA, 30 hours) – 45).

14.02.2022: Presentation on Lithuania in the EU for the 4th Winter School in European Studies in cooperation with Jean Monnet projects at the Faculty of International Relations of Lviv Ivan Franko National University:

16.02.2022: A new publication with co-authors: Jurkynas Mindaugas, Šarūnas Liekis, Aistė Deimantaitė (2022), Political Science in Lithuania: Lay of the Land in Żukowski Arkadiusz, Maciej Hartliński, Miro Haček, eds, Political science in Central Europe in Time of Pandemic, Instytut Nauk Politycznych Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego, Olsztyn. ISBN 978-83-66259-34-8.

09.03.2022: Commentary on Ukraine as part of Europe vis-a-vis Russia’s aggression at

24.03.2022: Commentary on Russia’s war on Ukraine at

25.03.2022: A class and discussion about Europeanisation of a small state Lithuania at Kybartai K. Donelaitis gymnasium for the pupils of 9-12 classes with the presence of local media “Santaka”SANTAKA-025 SANTAKA-028.

30.03.2022: Conference on European affairs and the role of the European Parliament at Vytautas Magnus University with Head of European Parliament Office Daiva Jakaitė and communications officer Dovaidas Pabiržis

14.04.2022: Commentary on international politics at news portal

19.04.2022: Comments on Lithuanian politics for the news portal 15min:

20-21.04.2022: Erasmus+ teaching exchange visit at Pablo Olavide University in Seville, Spain; classes at the courses of Dr. Gloria Fernandes Arribas, Dr. Beatriz Fernandez Carrillo and Dr. Ana Melo

26.04.2022: Publication: Jurkynas, Mindaugas (2022), Party Leadership Selection: The Empirical Case of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party, in Анатолiy Романюк і Віталiy Литвин, eds, Політичні партії і вибори: українські та світові практики: зб. ст. і тез за результатами міжнародної наукової конференції «Малі політичні партії та актори у політичному процесі на регіональному та локальному (субнаціональному) рівнях: Україна і світ» – шостої у рамках серії міжнародних конференцій кафедри політології «Політичні партії і вибори: українські та світові практики» (пам’яті Юрія Романовича Шведи) від 26–27 листопада 2021 року, Vol. 6., Lviv, Lviv Ivan Franko National University, ISBN 978-617-10-0698-0, pp. 268-286.

28.04.2022: During the commemoration of centenary of the reestablishment of Vytautas Magnus University, Rector of the University awarded Prof. Dr. Mindaugas Jurkynas a silver medal for his long work, important scientific achievements, vigorous public activities and the promotion of the university’s name.

04.05.2022: Marius Vaščėga, Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Lithuania, gave a presentation on priorities of the European Commission and EU challenges at the class on Small States in International Context at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University.

15.05.2022: Comment on Lithuanian- Russian relations on news portal

16.05.2022 Prof. Mindaugas Jurkynas applied to the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy as a potential PhD supervisor offering students to conduct PhD research in European studies.

18.05.2022: Dr. Laurynas Kasčiūnas, Head of National Security and Defence of the Lithuanian Parliament gave a class on Lithuanian security policy in the European context at the course “Lithuanian foreign policy” and Giedrius Surplys deputy head of Foreign Affairs committee of the Lithuanian Parliament gave a presentation on Lithuania as a small state in Europe at the course “Small states in international relations”.

19.05.2022: Foreign ministry of Lithuania, Jean Monnet Chair prof. Mindaugas Jurkynas and Vytautas Magnus University master programme “Diplomacy” organised a round-table discussion on the EU Strategic Compass at Vytautas Magnus University. Foreign deputy minister Raimondas Karoblis made a keynote speech and representatives from Lithuanian foreign and defence ministries, Vytautas Magnus University and Lithuanian Military Academy provided their insights. Mindaugas Jurkynas moderated the event.

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