The British School of Vilnius (BSV) is establishing its new campus in Vilnius City Innovation Industrial Park. The agreement signed between the operator of Vilnius City Innovation Industrial Park, Northtown Vilnius, and The British School of Vilnius means that the school campus will be constructed on a 12,000 m2 land plot surrounded by forest.
The British School of Vilnius plans to invest almost 6 million Euros into the new school campus and develop a complex of around 3,000 m2 meeting the highest educational standards. With a focus on modern education the campus will provide spaces for learning, sports, music, and art activities. It is planned, that the new campus will include green spaces for leisure and exploration, a swimming pool, a basketball court and a full-size football pitch.
When speaking about the development of an international school in Vilnius, BSV Headmaster Andrew Prosser emphasizes that the relocation of the school is a very natural process that will enable the school to meet the needs of the market.
“In recent years, Lithuanian investments in innovation and science have led to exceptional growth in this sector and this has also led to an increase of investors, including foreign investment in Lithuania and the capital Vilnius. As these other areas of the economy expand the need for the highest quality, internationally recognised educational services must grow to meet the needs of the city,” says Mr. Prosser.
According to Mr. Prosser, the school planned its development in Vilnius City Innovation Industrial Park as the park offered the space and infrastructure to offer a world-class education to Lithuanian and international families.
“We have chosen VCIIP not only because of its special location surrounded by nature, but also because of the strong scientific and business community that is emerging in the innovation park, with which we expect strong synergies. As a school we employ the latest technologies to enhance children’s learning experiences and this is an extraordinary opportunity to integrate experiential education into the learning process. This will give our students a chance to observe closely how scientific discoveries and innovations are born,” says A. Prosser.
According to the director of Northtown Vilnius, the operator of Vilnius City Innovation Industrial Park, Gediminas Pauliukevičius, the British School of Vilnius will be a very important player in the ecosystem of Vilnius City Innovation Industrial Park.
“Just a couple of years in the future, when the establishment is completed by the investors who have just started it, when a specialised Life Sciences Incubator opens its doors, VCIIP will become a kind of a city with about 1000 people working daily in Lithuanian and international companies, research centres. Thus, when developing VCIIP as an attractive area for investment, we also think in advance about the convenience of infrastructure, the services needed which would create added value for the people working here. These include public spaces for health and active recreation, as well as access to educational services that meet the expectations of workers’ families and many other factors that ensure the development of a sustainable ecosystem,” says Dr. G.Pauliukevičius.
He also points out that the BSV is developing integrated education model where the school intends to develop a program for experiential education and interface with the latest technologies. BSV intends to use not only state-of-the-art equipment but also integrate into teaching processes the opportunity to get to know the world of innovation, science and technology and its creators up close.
It is expected that The British School of Vilnius new campus in Vilnius City Innovation Industrial Park will be completed by the end of 2023.
So far, 15 companies developing activities in the fields of smart specialisation have been established or have started the establishment process in Vilnius City Innovation Industrial Park, with the strongest focus on life sciences. Life sciences companies such as Biotecha, Experimentica, Immunodiagnostika, Sanobiotec, Gensinta, The Stem Cell Research Center have already started to establish at VCIIP. Vilnius University Life Sciences Center also intends to open a branch in Vilnius City Innovation Industrial Park by 2023.