Vilnius Co-operative College was established in September 2000 on the basis of former Vilnius Higher Cooperative School. Its predecessor Kaunas School of Economics founded in 1930 was transferred to the Union of Lithuanian Consumer Cooperatives in 1945. Therefore, this educational institution is one of the oldest economic schools in Lithuania.
Having assessed the quality of studies in the college in 1999 the Ministry of Education and Science and Department of Studies and Learning Quality Assessment declared Vilnius Co-operative College one of the best private colleges in Lithuania.
Business managers, information managers, accountants for private companies and state enterprises or other organizations are prepared at the college.
The newly prepared study programs were well-evaluated by competent commissions from the Ministry of Education and Science, universities and employers' organizations.
The College has also gained experience in implementation of national and international projects and strives to adapt European dimension to all the activities.
Importantly, VCC participates in international projects under Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci and Grundvig programmes, most of them concerning student placements and exchange abroad, creation of new study methodologies and didactics, and professional needs. The College has experience in high-qualified research, carrying out analysis, organizing seminars, meetings and conferences on the research subject areas and international co-operation.
The College pays a lot of attention to the development of students’ general competencies such as team work, decision making, entrepreneurship, information management, which are necessary in studies, work and life in European multicultural environment. Development of general competencies is based on experiential learning.
Apart from a well-developed co-operation with Vilnius University, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Mykolas Romeris University, Kaunas Technical University and Lithuanian colleges, VCC has close relationships and collaborates with educational institutions abroad.
Students of VCC can study full time (duration of studies – 3 years), and part time (duration of studies – 4 years). Secondary school graduates are eligible to enter the College. 180 ECTS make up the study programmes.
College graduates receive Professional Bachelor’s degree and professional qualification (Professional Bachelor’s Diploma) acknowledged by the state. All College graduates are provided with Diploma Supplements.
The programme aims to develop skills and competencies necessary for career development in the field of Business Administration within industrial organizations, commercial enterprises or the public sector.
Business management specialists will learn to set up a business, carry out market research, plan, administrate and develop company activities, manage human resources. In order to achieve this, students take courses in Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance and Taxes, Management Accounting, Business Economics, Statistics, Insurance, Logistics, IT Applications for Business, Law and other subjects.
Second-year students are to choose one of the following specializations:
Trade Business Management: students acquire knowledge and skills necessary for running and working in commercial enterprises. Graduates will know how to set up a trade business, organize its activity, deal with marketing, management and accounting issues, apply advanced technologies.
Business Administration: students will acquire knowledge and skills for administrating state and private businesses. Graduates will know how to deal with business correspondence, settlements with suppliers and buyers, manage information and human resources.
E-business management: students will acquire knowledge and skills necessary for e-commerce activities. The students take courses in E-Marketing, Computer Graphics, Design, etc.
Information Management graduates will be able to create information structures in enterprises, plan, realize and monitor information processes in different institutions, ensure publicity, implement, evaluate and manage information systems.
Information Management is a modern speciality; graduates of Information Management will be able to coordinate ingoing and outgoing information flows, conduct successful strategic performance in an organization. The demand for such specialists is particularly topical within the processes of integration to the EU and globalization.
Students of Information Management are to choose one of the following specializations:
Management Accounting: the studies can help to realize the processes of decision making, planning and controlling information processes. Students will be able to organize work in an enterprise (in a structural division), to collect and disseminate information necessary for decision making, to form budget and manage it, implement traditional and modern systems of accounting and develop them.
Communication management: the objective of the specialization is to provide the students with the information on how to integrate management processes of an organization, set up communication management plans. Graduates will be able to do analysis of information system functions, make suggestions for its improvement, represent a company in Lithuania and abroad, organize effective and reliable public relations, take an active part in marketing, organize advertising campaigns and build up image of an organization.
The objective of the programme is to train highly-qualified, analytically-thinking and able to manage contemporary economy processes in dynamic and integrated environment economists, to fulfill the requirements of the Lithuanian and other countries’ labour market in economics and finance.
Graduates of the study programme will become qualified economists, able to analyze, evaluate, plan and forecast activities of an economy, work in international, national and regional institutions of economy, autonomous institutions of economy, investment management companies, financial institutions, have knowledge to start a business. To achieve this, students take courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Accounting, Econometrics, Finance and Taxes, Statistics, Company Economy, Economy of Integration, Economy of Investment, IT Applications for Business, Law and other subjects.
Second-year students are to choose one of the following specializations:
Economy of Commerce Business: graduates will be able to do analytical and management work in commerce business companies.
Economy of Bank Services: graduates will be able to work as economists, financial-advisers, consultants, managers or other similar positions in commercial banks, and customer service in other institutions of credit.
The aim of the programme is to provide students with skills, knowledge and understanding related to a wide range of accounting and business administration functions. In addition to the required Accounting and Finance core skills the following courses are offered: Business Economics, Taxes, Management, Marketing, Statistics, Logistics, Applied Business Programs, Auditing, and other.
Students of Accounting are to choose one of the following specializations:
Budget Accounting specialization provides knowledge and skills in accounting of state and local administration institutions. Students will learn to draw up estimates of expenditure, deal with accounts and accountability, analyse and estimate the balance data and the implementation of estimates of expenditure; they will as well acquire knowledge of financial control system and its application.
Insurance accounting specialization provides skills and knowledge necessary for work in insurance companies. Students will learn to draw up insurance agreements, calculate insurance payment, deal with insurance company accounts and accountability; analyse, estimate and forecast the activities of an insurance company.
Accounting in Consumer Cooperatives: students will acquire knowledge and skills for work in consumer cooperatives; they will be able to deal with accounts and accountability, carry out auditing, analyse and estimate the activity indicators; prepare company development programs.
Computerized Accounting of Trade Enterprise specialization provides knowledge and skills in computer-based analysis of trade business financial indicators.
Vilnius is the capital of the Republic of Lithuania and the largest administrative centre in Lithuania with all major political, economic, social and cultural centres. It’s the largest city in the country.
The Old Town, historical centre of Vilnius, is one of the largest in Eastern Europe (360 ha). The most valuable historic and cultural heritage is concentrated here. The buildings in the old town – there are about 1.5 thousand of them – were built in a number of different centuries, therefore, it is a mixture of all European architectural styles. Although Vilnius is often called a baroque city, here you will find some buildings of gothic, renaissance and other styles. The main sights of the city are the Gediminas Castle and the Cathedral Square, symbols of the capital. Their combination is also a gateway to the historic centre of the capital. Because of its uniqueness, the Old Town of Vilnius was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Vilnius has been rapidly transformed, and the town has emerged as a modern European city. Many of its older buildings have been renovated, and a business and commercial area is being developed into the New City Centre, expected to become the city's main administrative and business district on the north side of the Neris river. Vilnius was selected as a 2009 European Capital of Culture.
Admission Requirements for Bachelor's Degree Study programmes:
International Students must have at least a secondary education diploma or equivalent certificate recognised by the Lithuanian Government. Students lacking this can be accepted if they have a proof of the successful completion of at least one year of studies at a higher education institution in any country (legalized documents).
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