The University of Lithuania for the State or for the Public, or for Both the State and the Public?

Authors

  • Audronė Janužytė Mykolas Romeris University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15823/istorija.2022.128.1

Keywords:

University, discourse on university, the Advanced Courses in Kaunas, the University of Lithuania

Abstract

Abstract. The article examines the discourse of the right-wing and left-wing politicians and the academic community in 1918–1922 when trying to decide on the type of university needed by the state of Lithuania being built. The novelty of the article is reflected in two aspects. Firstly, the analysis is done at a micro-level, i.e., highlighting the key views and disagreements concerning the university prevailing in the society of the time from the individual perspective. Secondly, the discourse analysis has shown that the attitudes, actions, and initiatives in terms of leadership of politicians and intellectuals were important in decision-making related to university studies. It is that leadership of the academic community in the opening of the first private school of higher education in independent Lithuania, namely the Advanced Courses in 1919–1920, that influenced both the Government and members of the Constituent Assembly
to find a consensus on founding the University of Lithuania in Kaunas in 1922.

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Published

2023-08-21

How to Cite

[1]
Janužytė, A. 2023. The University of Lithuania for the State or for the Public, or for Both the State and the Public?. Istorija / History. 128, 4 (Aug. 2023), 5–31. DOI:https://doi.org/10.15823/istorija.2022.128.1.

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