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KAUNAS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

phd study programmes 2014–2015

technological sciences physical sciences social sciences humanities


the world is changing every day. the urgent need for new ideas, technologies, and innovations requires increasingly complicated solutions. therefore, fostering future scientific leaders is one of the top priorities of kaunas university of technology.


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The world is changing every day. The urgent need for new ideas, technologies, and innovations requires increasingly complicated solutions. Therefore, fostering future scientific leaders is one of the top priorities of Kaunas University of Technology. We encourage the creative and intellectual leaders of tomorrow to participate in frontier research and innovation conception while collaborating with internationally recognised research groups. KTU doctoral students have the advantage of learning and working with world-class researchers from Lithuania and the world over. They reap the benefits of the University’s extensive links with business and industry, playing important roles in joint projects with the largest local companies, international corporations, and state and cultural institutions. The synergy of the physical, social, and technological sciences and the humanities and arts creates an open, exciting, and fertile environment for the development of topics that are of crucial importance today.

Kaunas University of Technology: In focus

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·· The largest technological university in Lithuania, established in 1922 ·· Ranked among the top 4 percent of world universities (QS World University Rankings 2013/2014) ·· Frontier and applied research in all areas: from humanities to technological sciences ·· Innovations for business and industry at national and international level ·· Campus priorities: interdisciplinarity, internationality, and applicability of technologies are integrated into all aspects of university life


phd at ktu your research career starts here

A young researcher must enter the rapidly changing and globalised world ready to face its challenges. Internships, joint PhD programmes, modules taught in foreign languages, and world-class visiting professors and experts help to expand our PhD students’ horizons of knowledge and develop their critical thinking abilities. KTU is the first Lithuanian university to invest in a systematic and complex strengthening of its doctoral studies: from refurbishing study programmes and encouraging international mobility to ensuring all students develop fundamental skills such as communication and project management.

KTU is always collaborating closely with business and industry and it is a founding partner of two integrated research, study, and business centres (valleys). The University carries out more R&D for companies than any other Lithuanian university or research institution. Close links with business and industry allow our PhD students to witness first-hand and actively influence the ways in which scientific advances impact technological, social, and cultural phenomena across the world. Our young researchers can gain practical experience through work placements and internships in businesses, international organisations, and state institutions. KTU also assists in creating research-based start-up companies.

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resources and opportunities

·· 17 PhD programmes in 4 fields of research ·· Financial support for students’ scientific pursuits, including research, publications, and international conference attendance ·· 175 professors and 1,500 academic and research staff

·· A research infrastructure meeting the highest standards of US and Europe universities – KTU’s open-access laboratory spaces are among the best equipped in Europe ·· One of the largest technical libraries in Lithuania, offering access to more than 50 international publications databases and 6 electronic libraries

stimulating environment

·· 40 conferences hosted every year – a remarkable platform for students to engage with the latest topics, trends, and achievements, and make their own mark on the research scene ·· Support for student participation in various academic and vocational training courses and seminars ·· Incentives and rewards for active KTU PhD students

·· Opportunities for employment by national and international research projects and to develop strong general competencies and skills – from writing scientific publications to research communication ·· Active PhD Student Society, inspiring creative communication between students of different research fields

a global university

·· Member of Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials, a European doctorate network exchanging knowledge and resources at the exciting interface of Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science ·· Internships, study exchange, and research placements facilitated by Erasmus+ and other programmes

·· Joint PhD programmes with the best study and research institutions in the world, opening international research opportunities ·· More than 50 modules taught in English and a growing number of visiting professors and experts from across the globe ·· Expert consultations and collaboration with worldclass researchers and professionals

synergy with business

·· KTU’s Startup Space fosters young businesses, providing much sought-after support and knowledge needed by new enterprises ·· Contributes to solving real problems, carrying out 70 percent of all the R&D provided by Lithuanian universities for business and industry ·· Founder of two integrated science, study, and business valleys (Santaka and Nemunas), providing open-access laboratory spaces for collaboration among students, researchers, and business representatives to create innovations and form new, interesting partnerships

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·· Technology transfer facilitated by the National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, a “single-window” system for communication between research, business, and industry on a national and international level ·· A specialised Technology Entrepreneurship module applying Silicon Valley teaching methodologies, practically demonstrating the transformation of research and ideas into real-world businesses


‘our phd students have the opportunity to be supervised by world-class experts’ Professor Monika Petraitė, Head of Leadership School, School of Economics and Business

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At KTU School of Economics and Business we carry out frontier research on topics that are among the most innovative in the European research arena. Clusters, value creation systems, business model innovations, knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship, and innovation management research will be among the priorities of the EU framework programme for research and innovation – Horizon 2020 – in the next seven years. I am supervising managing and administration PhD majors who write on the topics of global, knowledge-intensive, fast-growing enterprises, innovation managing processes in business companies or larger organisations, innovation systems, and clusters. Our young researchers work on a wide array of topics – from managing creative teams to creating company innovation managing systems. Our future doctors of science are being educated in line with world standards, gaining

opportunities to study and undertake research with the top 100 and top 50 world experts of various fields. They can also collaborate with and work locally at the world’s leading study and research institutions. These researchers come to KTU to read lectures and participate in 3-5 days seminars on original topics, such as innovative worldwide research and entrepreneurship. Our PhD students have the unique opportunity to be tutored and even supervised by these world-class experts and we already have cases of successfully defended theses while collaborating with experts of Copenhagen Business School. Our PhD students are being supervised by top researchers from such outstanding institutions as the GLORAD Research Centre in Shanghai, China, and are enjoying productive partnerships with the ESSEC Business School in France, the Technology & Innovation

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Management Institute at Hamburg-Harburg Technology University, Germany, Politechnico di Milano in Italy, and others. KTU strives to provide international experience for its PhD students and offers a variety of financial models for funding study and research exchange. The most popular among our students are Erasmus+ programmes, funding study exchange with a European educational institution for up to 12 months, and Research Council of Lithuania (RCL) scholarships for research placements. The University Research Foundation supports our PhD students’ participation in conferences and short-term research placements. We are very lucky to have attracted talented, active, and curious PhD students. They have proved frequent winners of highly sought RCL scholarships and awards. Indeed, we have recently presented two doctoral theses for the International Society for Professional Innovation Management competition.

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All our PhD students join University research groups. At our faculty we undertake both national and international projects with European and global institutions, so our young researchers have the opportunity to experience project work. Around a third of our students are being employed in such projects. And we have implemented a rotational system that ensures our students have the opportunity to gain practical skills, to become acquainted with different intellectual traditions, to take on research placements, and to spend some time at a foreign institution; when any student completes their position, we take on another. Whether employed by a project or undertaking other responsibilities, our PhD students are always encouraged to take active part in practical research group activities.

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research at ktu

an internationally recognised research community Kaunas University of Technology students join research groups whose achievements are recognised worldwide. KTU researchers’ achievements in ultrasound, organic chemistry, systems diagnostics, informatics, materials science, environmental engineering, business and public administration, economics, and educational science have significantly contributed to key international advancement in these fields. The university employs PhD students as members of European and international projects, collaborating with more than 80 universities and research centres across the globe.

Publications and Projects ·· Funds from international research programmes comprise 25 percent of KTU’s annual research budget; 46 percent of R&D capital comes from foreign companies ·· Globally publicised research: academic journals listed on Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge that feature KTU research include Advanced Materials (impact factor 14.8), Neurology (IF 8.249), Trac:

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Partners and Memberships

Trends in Analytical Chemistry (IF 6.351), and Technological and Economic Development of Economy (IF 3.2) ·· KTU outperforms all other European engineering educational institutions and members of CESAER in carrying out R&D for the benefit of small and medium enterprises ·· KTU is the leading Lithuanian university participating in the European research arena, with more than 100 international projects ·· Researchers and doctoral students of KTU collaborated in creating the first Lithuanian satellite, LitSat-1, launched into orbit in 2014. Our projects significantly contribute to the growing reputation and international visibility of Lithuanian research

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·· European University Association (EUA) ·· European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) ·· Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) ·· UN Global Compact ·· Strategic Management Society (SMS) ·· Strategic Consortium of the Baltic Universities of Science and Technology (BALTECH) ·· Global companies and organisations: Samsung, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Acron Business Incubator, Hitachi, BASF, NASA, NATO

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At KTU Research Centre of Telematics we have been focusing on researching non-invasive diagnostics of the human brain for several years. Our technologies and innovations have been patented in the USA, Europe, and Japan, and have gained the attention of the US Department of Defence, NASA, and the National Health Institute. Our equipment furbishes the US National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Our innovations are currently in testing, with subjects ranging from astronauts to people with medical conditions, in Lithuania, USA, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and other countries. Our researchers participate in projects that can be considered second in importance only to the great research of The Human Genome Project. In researching non-invasive diagnostics of the human brain, we have no competitors in the world.

‘here, at ktu, we are creating the future’ Professor Arminas Ragauskas, Research Centre of Telematics

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These are the projects our electronics and electrical engineering and measurement engineering PhD students contribute to. Here, at KTU, we have all the necessary provisions for fostering the creativity of a young researcher. During the very first year of their studies, our PhD students can visit USA, Australia, and European countries to participate in world-class congresses and conferences. The young leaders in science, our PhD students, work together with experienced researchers to create innovations, introducing them into the market, conducting clinical research across multiple countries, and becoming more and more competent in research. We initiate international projects and our innovations solve urgent global problems which cost the world billions of Euros. It is not only for the sake of deeper scien-

tific knowledge that we are investing in skills and competences. Being part of a technological university, we work for the sake of high-tech innovations. In short, we are improving this planet, and for a scientist there can be no greater motivation. To prove this? The majority of employees at our Centre are my ex-PhD students. Today they are experienced researchers and inventors, creators of radical innovations. These people are happy to have found a place where they can confront real-world challenges and are given the opportunity and resources to solve them. One of my first-year PhD students once said: ‘I never imagined that right here, at KTU, you were creating the future of our planet’. She was right. We are. For young people, we open the door to the wide and rapidly changing world.


phd studies provide the perfect opportunity to gain exceptional professional qualifications ktu

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Audrius BuÄ?inskas, Third-year PhD student, Chemical Engineering I have experience working for several private companies and I’ve chosen PhD studies as an opportunity to develop my competences in the field of chemistry. I think this qualification will provide a boost for my future career or for founding my own business. Besides, I was always interested in the possibility of an academic career, which would not be possible without PhD studies. For me, the most important thing during studies are internships and conferences, as every interaction with PhD students and researchers from other countries widens understanding of the field and forms new relationships and networks. I participate in competitions for funding whenever I can. Also, being employed as a member of various projects gives me a great opportunity to gain further experience. Among the most important of them are collaborations with colleagues from foreign universities, such as Catalonia Polytechnic University in Spain, Dresden Technical University in Germany, Cergy-Pontoise University in France, and National Lvov University in Ukraine. We work together with international companies, such as German Novaled. Currently, we are researching new efficient organic materials that can be applied in optoelectronics, such as sun elements, LEDs, and film transistors. The results of this work is seen today and will be more and more visible in the future with more.

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Eglė Vaičiukynaitė, Second-year PhD student, Management and Administration

Yumiko Nunokawa, First-year PhD student, History and Theory of Arts

Paulius Palevičius, Third-year PhD student, Mechanical Engineering

Kaunas University of Technology offered me an amazing opportunity: to deepen my knowledge of a research area I am passionately interested in the creative works of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. Invited by professor Darius Kučinskas, a Čiurlionis expert, I am now immensely happy to have chosen KTU. It has provided me with the ideal conditions from which to pursue my study of a great artist and to consult with the greatest experts in the field. Also, Kaunas is the best place to study Čiurlionis, as we have his National Art Museum here and a dedicated section on the composer‘s works at the Public Library. And, besides all this, I am able to teach Japanese at the University. It is great, while studying, to have the opportunity to promote my culture here too.

The quality of KTU teachers and researchers who work with doctoral students is exceptionally high. My supervisor, for example, is extremely helpful – when undertaking research, we meet at least once a week to look through the results and to plan new goals and tasks. The University provides great opportunities for presenting research at various conferences, and students may participate in competitions for RCL scholarships or receive funding awards from KTU. I myself have just recently participated in an international conference in Yalta, Ukraine, and soon organise attending a conference in Portugal later this year. PhD studies provide the perfect opportunity to increase one’s knowledge of a specific field or specific problem while gaining exceptional professional qualifications. And I am confident my skills and expertise will be relevant whatever future career I choose.

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I wanted to study for a PhD to expand my knowledge of the subject I love. Before my studies began, I worked in business and couldn’t imagine what to expect from such a programme. I now have to admit that starting a PhD was the best choice I’ve ever made. Doctoral studies have exceeded my expectations – it is a wonderful feeling to do something my heart is in. I am infinitely grateful to the KTU Marketing Department for inspiring this brave step. I am very lucky to have such enthusiastic professors and to study and work together with real professionals in the field. The university invites a lot of visiting professors too, so I am able to attend lectures and participate in discussions with world experts. I particularly love our innovative programme software, such as that for measuring emotions, which makes cutting-edge and complex research possible. I find one of the best and most important things, as a doctoral student, is the KTU PhD Student Society. A community of peers, it opens the door to exciting collaborations and joint projects between doctoral students from all manner of fields. And the University encourages this exciting activity, and other creative projects too, by organising competitions and rewarding the most active PhD students.


As a member of the doctoral committee, and through delivering doctoral courses and seminars, I am in close contact with KTU PhD students. I‘m happy to say that I find them all pretty intelligent and talented. Some also have the additional quality of not being afraid of hard work, which is something that is increasingly rare these days. I think we offer a great environment for their study and research, and I especially like the usability of our laboratory spaces: they are easily accessed, they are located in the same environment as classes, and there is a degree of cosiness to them. I think this aspect makes them student-friendly, and I know that many of my students seek them out for their projects. However, I think the most important thing we provide for our students is the development of

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knowledge and competences within a context that always has an eye on the real world: employment, Europe, applied research. Within my institute we are developing a research concept called „Numanities“ (as in New Humanities), whose purpose is exactly that: of improving (and perhaps re-defining) the relationship between humanities and technologies. I think there is an interesting phenomenon going on nowadays, particularly in the new media environment (social networks, blogs, etc.): people express opinions and frames-of-mind that are of an intimately humanistic nature (personal feelings, artistic activities, political opinions) and technology has become an indispensable medium for their expression – we use multimedia devices, we construct digital messages/ images/sounds, we adapt our use of language to meet the demands and stretch the limitations of the devices we are using, and so forth.

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‘it is important to have an eye on the real world’ Professor Dario Martinelli, Head of International Semiotics Institute

In other words, we are humanistic in spirit and technological in practice, and I think it is very important to realise this, and possibly „translate“ this situation into studies and research. We are working hard to create a new doctoral program that will focus on semiotics. The main idea is to focus on the study of communication processes occurring in media and new media, with particular attention on cases like Digital Humanities. Another central aim is to have a truly international PhD program: there is an existing network called SemKnow, which currently includes the universities of Turin, Sofia, Tartu, and Rovaniemi, and Kaunas is pushing to become the fifth partner. Stay tuned for more!

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priority research areas diagnostic and measurement technologies

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Biomechanics

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Diagnostic technologies

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Machine and mechanism diagnostic research

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Signal and image processing

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new high-tech materials ··

Functional molecules and materials

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Smart materials


smart environments and information technology

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Automation, control, and robotics

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Innovation, growth, and competitiveness

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Smart information grids

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Multidisciplinary models

Identities and governance in Europe and worldwide

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Systems engineering

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Sustainable, innovative, and secure society

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technologies for sustainable development and energy ··

Environmental protection and environmental engineering

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Future production

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Healthy food

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Intelligent energy

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Micro and Nanotechnology


phd studies programmes by priority research areas Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

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Civil Engineering

Technologies for sustainable development and energy

Materials Engineering

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New high-tech materials

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Diagnostic and measurement technologies — Technologies for sustainable development and energy

Diagnostic and measurement technologies — Technologies for sustainable development and energy

Informatics Engineering

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Smart environments and information technology

Environmental Engineering

Energetics and Power Engineering

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Technologies for sustainable development and energy

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Measurement Engineering

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Technologies for sustainable development and energy

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Mechanical Engineering

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Duration of studies 3-4 years Technological Sciences Social Sciences Physical Sciences Humanities

Economics

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Sustainable growth and socio-cultural development

Education

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Sustainable growth and socio-cultural development

Political Sciences

Informatics

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Smart environments and information technology

Sustainable growth and socio-cultural development

Sociology

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Sustainable growth and socio-cultural development

History and Theory of Arts

Management

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Sustainable growth and socio-cultural development

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Chemistry

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New high-tech materials


fees and funding The total number of PhD students depends on subsidies from the Lithuanian government and additional funds. Admission quotas are set for individual subject areas. Doctoral studies may be funded by students themselves or by third parties. In such cases, bilateral or tripartite agreements are made. Requests made by sponsoring organisations may be considered in the design of individual doctoral study plans.


How to Apply Download the application form from en.ktu.lt/phd/admission-procedure Gather supporting documents: ·· Bachelor and Masters (or integrated studies) degree certificate* and their supplements (legalised by Ministry of Foreign Affairs), translated into English and notary verified; ·· List of publications (and their copies) and/ or research project proposal; ·· 2 references; ·· Curriculum Vitae; ·· Proof of proficiency in English: IELTS ≥6.5, TOEFL≥90, ECFR≥C1, or equivalent; ·· 2 passport type photos; ·· Notary verified passport copy. Pay the enrolment fee of 120 Lt (34.75 EUR). Once your application has been registered, the entrance fee is non-refundable.

Send the application form, together with supporting documents, to the following address: Unit of Doctoral Studies Kaunas University of Technology K. Donelaičio St. 73-423, LT-44029 Kaunas, Lithuania or by e-mail: doktorantura@ktu.lt * If an applicant receives their education documents after the deadline, provisional certificates are accepted and the final education documents can be submitted later.

Application deadlines ·· June 30 ·· October 30

contact us unit of doctoral studies Kaunas University of Technology K. Donelaičio St. 73-423, LT-44029 Kaunas, Lithuania

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experience kaunas, lithuania: an exciting place to live and study With more than a thousand years of history and quick on the uptake of technologies and innovations Lithuania is a country where modernity meets tradition.

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·· Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania, is as cultural and vibrant as our capital city, yet far more affordable ·· 11 Kaunas universities and colleges create a large student community, contributing significantly to the city’s atmosphere ·· A safe environment and temperate natural conditions make for pleasant living

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·· A short flight (2 to 3 hours) connects Kaunas or Vilnius to any European country ·· Lithuania is ranked among the top 5 EU countries boasting a population proficient in at least one foreign language: as many as 92 percent of Lithuanians speak English, Russian, Polish, or German ·· The country is a member state of the European Union, the World Trade Organisation, the United Nations, and NATO

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·· Lithuania is among the 10 least polluted countries in the world, ranked in the top 30 for its health care system ·· Lithuanians benefit from the greatest expansion of fibre optic and mobile broadband coverage in Europe and enjoy one of the fastest broadband connections in the world


UNIT OF DOCTORAL STUDIES Kaunas University of Technology K. DonelaiÄ?io St. 73-423 LT-44029 Kaunas, Lithuania Phone: +370 37 300042 E-mail doktorantura@ktu.lt Web en.ktu.lt/phd


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