SBA to support Belarusian citizens studying in Vilnius

As of late there has been a significant rise in Belarusian citizens seeking to study at Vilnius University and recognizing this the SBA Group will be offering support for expenses related to their studies and living costs. Based on a support agreement signed with the university, students from Belarus will be allocated 300 euro stipends from SBA, with the total amount allocated for support ranging up to 100,000 euro.

“By offering stipends we are seeking to facilitate opportunities for Belarusian youths to study in our country and thus strengthen the academic and personal relations between us,” SBA president Arūnas Martinkevičius stated.

According to Vilnius University, upwards of 220 students from the neighbouring country have already expressed their desire to study at Lithuania’s oldest higher education institution. They seek to obtain degrees in economics, IT systems, English philology, international business, international project management and other areas.

“The decision by SBA is an excellent example of a responsible and caring business that we are truly thankful for. Without a doubt, it will improve our capabilities to offer studies to a wider number of Belarusian students for whom the support is truly relevant,” VU rector, Professor Rimvydas Petrauskas says.

The stipends are offered to both those aiming for bachelor’s and master’s studies.

The SBA Group is one of the largest business groups in Lithuania. It operates in the real estate, textile and furniture production sectors, with its companies employing a total of nearly 5,000 staff.

Vilnius University is one of the oldest and most notable higher education establishments in Central and Eastern Europe. In the global university rankings, Vilnius University can be found among the top 500 universities in the world and seeks to become a leader in the European region by maintaining close relations with the most notable Lithuanian and foreign scientific centres and businesses. More than 20,000 students study at Vilnius University and it employs 4,500 staff.

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