About Us


What Institute is

Institute of International Relations and Political Science (IIRPS) is one of the most prominent social sciences institutions in Central Eastern Europe and the Baltic region. 

IIRPS has been present in the academic and political life of Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic region since its establishment in 1992, has achieved a wide range of academic accomplishments and can boast rich tradition of hosting high level politicians, diplomats and distinguished speakers at its premises. While first focusing mostly on educating the future members of Lithuanian diplomatic corps, the Institute has gradually enlarged its focus to educating people with a wider range of knowledge and capabilities which empower them to work in a range of public administration, non governmental and private institutions, to continue learning in their future careers. Being the leading institution in the country it has set in its newest Strategic plan the goal of establishing itself as the leading education and research institution in the Baltic region.


What we do

We Teach

The Institute is an academic institution specialising in social and political sciences. IIRPS holds a faculty status at Vilnius University.

IIRPS conducts three-level studies: BA in Political Science and six MA Master programmes: International Relations and Diplomacy, European Studies, Comparative Politics, Public Policy Analysis, Politics and Media and Eastern European and Russian Studies (the latter delivered in English). We also conduct full time and external PhD studies.

For more than ten years IIRPS remains amongst the top choices among Lithuanian high school graduates attracting students with outstanding exam achievements. On different criteria the Institute boasts the most motivated students who excel in their studies and are actively involved into social life of the Institute.

We Research

The Institute, the first political science research institution in the independent Lithuania, is already becoming the leading social science research centre in the Baltic States. Relevance of research problems, originality of solutions and the interdisciplinarity are the main principles of our research.

We seek to contribute to the development of political science in Lithuania by conducting original and valuable research, disseminating its results to the academic community, policy makers and all those interested in political life.

We Consult

The Institute is proud to have gathered together a number of prominent experts on national, European and international politics who are renowned for their competent and original public commentaries, expert knowledge and professional experience. Our experts conduct both critical analysis of contemporary social science issues, political philosophy, international relations, and policy oriented research, for example, in policy administration and public policy analysis. They have contributed extensively to the analysis of Lithuania’s accession into the EU and NATO and its role in these organizations and other international structures, country’s relationships with its neighbours in the region, including Nordic-Baltic countries, Poland as well as Eastern partners. 


What we believe in

Freedom and span of academic ideas, mindset of critical and creative thinking, professional ethical values based on mutual respect, cooperation and results oriented management.

These principles are the core values of Institute’s philosophy shaping our academic programs and research, the work of our administration and scholarly community, interaction of faculty members and our students.


What we are proud of

We are recognised as a reliable partner participating in and co-hosting important political events in Lithuania and Baltic region.

Institute’s guest lecturers have included such figures as:

In 2015:


  • Prof. Craig Parsons - professor at University of Oregon, USA;
  • Dr. Eva-Clarita Pettai and  prof. Vello Pettai - University of Tartu, winners of the Baltic Assembly Prize;
  • Prof. Karen Dawisha - Miami University, Department of Political Science, Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies;
  • Prof. Shinichi Kitaoka - President at International University of Japan, professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Diplomacy at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Executive Director of Research at International Institute for Policy Studies; 
  • Dr. Marcin Zaborowski  - the Executive Vice President of the Center for European Policy Analysis.  


 In 2014:


  • Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz - former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, President of the Central Bank;
  • Kaushik Basu - Senior Vice President of the World Bank; 
  • Prof. Sven Biscop - Europe in the World Programme at Egmont, the Royal Institute for International Relations;
  • Pat Cox - former President of the European Parliament;
  • Prof. Thomas Hylland Eriksen - University of Oslo.


In 2013:


  • John Bercow - Speaker of the House of Commons, UK;
  • John Baldvin Hannibalsson - former Member of Parliament of Iceland;
  • Sir Howard Davies - former director of London School of Economics;
  • Prof. Yevgenij Dobrenko - Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Sheffield;
  • Franco Frattini - former Italian Foreign Minister and Vice President of the European Commission;
  • Paul Goble - longtime specialist on ethnic and religious issues in Eurasia;
  • Antonio Missiroli - director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies.


In 2012:


  • Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz - former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, President of the Central Bank;
  • Prof. Barbara Czarniawska - chair of Gothenburg Reasearch Institute Management Studies;
  • Prof. Iver Brynild Neumann - Norwegian political scientist and anthropologist, since 2012 Montague Burton Professor at the London School of Eonomics and Political Science; 
  • David Satter - senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.


In 2011:


  • Prof. Ivo Josipovič - President of Croatia; 
  • Simon Maxwell - Leader of Overseas Development Institute;
  • Fredrik Reinfeldt - Prime Minster of Sweden;
  • Prof. Georg Sørensen - Aarhus University;
  • Thorvald Stoltenberg - Norwegian politician, Minister of Defence and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Norwegian Ambassador to the UN;
  • Lamberto Zannier - OSCE Secretary General.


In 2010:


  • Marc Perrin de Brichambaut - OSCE Secretary General;
  • David Lidington - British Minister of State for Europe;
  • Prof. Walter Russell Mead - Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College.


Members of our alumni network can be found through the entire Lithuania’s and EU institutions, diplomatic corps, President, Parliament, Government and other offices, major public relations and communication companies, national and international nongovernmental organisations and think-tanks, private companies.