Visiting Professor from Egypt Would Like to Teach Lithuanian Students for a Longer Time

For only one week, students of the Faculty of Medicine at Vilnius University had a great possibility to attend a short course of physiology and biochemistry, presented by Wael Awad Ramadan, assistant professor from the Faculty of Physical Education at Mansoura University, Egypt. It was the second time the professor came to work in Lithuania. The first time he visited Vilnius University was in 2017 and also lasted week. Wael Awad Ramadan is giving lectures and sharing academic experience in Vilnius within the scope of the Erasmus cooperation agreement on Teaching Staff Mobility.

“Undoubtedly, Vilnius University is the most distinguished university in Europe and for me it is a huge honor to get directly involved in the interesting academic life of this famous high school even for a week, – said professor from Egypt. – We have a common agreement between Masoura University (Egypt) and Vilnius University on cooperation and capacity building, have some significant future projects.”

Mansoura University was founded in 1972 in Mansoura city, Egypt. Mansoura is located in the middle of the Nile Delta in Egypt. It is one of the biggest Egyptian universities and has contributed much to the cultural and scientific life in Mansoura and Egypt. The Faculty of Medicine was founded in 1962 as a branch of Cairo University. In 1972, a presidential decree announced the establishment of the University under the name "East Delta University". Later on, its name was changed to Mansoura University in 1973.

Wael Awad Ramadan hopes to visit Vilnius again in the future and to stay here for a longer time: “I would like to work at Vilnius University in order to get a new experience and knowledge, to know and to be known among very grand Professors and scientists of medicine in Lithuania, to visit all University clinics. I highly appreciated Lithuanian students of medicine and dentistry. They are really extremely motivated, diligent and curious. Unfortunately, I had not enough time for communication. But hope to be back soon.” Wael Awad Ramadan is very proud to have become an International Visiting Professor though the Erasmus exchange programme. This international mobility gives him a great opportunity to expand his teaching profile, to enjoy working with different students and increase productivity. The guest from Egypt had previously taught as a visiting professor at other European universities (University of Rome, Italy; Masaryk University, Czech Republic).

What is important for those, who devoted his or her life to medicine? By opinion of Wael Ramadan, the main personality traits of a “great doctor” are professionalism and attentiveness: “Health professional has to stay calm in every situation and always keep updated! And of course, do not forget about healthy lifestyle.” Professor thinks, that everything is possible to achieve “with hard work and continuous good planning of future.”

“I strongly believe sooner or later to learn Lithuanian language and to come back to Vilnius, – stated the professor. – It was a pity, that I didn’t have too much time for walking around this absolutely wonderful city, to enjoy the warmth of Lithuanian people. But I am touched by the beauty of the ancient capital of Lithuania. I enjoyed the University Campus. The magnificent place, consists of Baroque style courtyards, buildings and a Church of St. John. The Bell Tower offers a gorgeous panoramic view of the unforgettable old town.” Furthermore, Wael Awad Ramadan is planning to visit Kaunas and other Lithuanian cities next time. As well as to learn more about traditional Lithuanian food, which seems especially unique and delicious to him.


Information prepared by Natalja Samp

Photography by Gabrielė Budnikaitė