AgriFood Lithuania DIH director Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė received an honorable award from one of the most important universities in the Baltic States. Vytautas Magnus University, the strongest university in Lithuania with a focus on agriculture, recognized Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė’s active social activities and promotion of the name of the University and decided to award her with a commemorative medal dedicated to the centenary of the founding of the University of Lithuania. The director of “AgriFood Lithuania DIH” received this special medal from rector of Vytautas Magnus University prof. dr. Juozos Augutis during the solemn meeting of the Senate.

“Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė, I dare to say, is one of the most active women leaders of the agrifood sector, not only in Lithuania, but also throughout Europe. This is proven by her nominations this year to become the European Innovation and Technology Institute’s Woman of the Year and European Cluster Manager of the Year. For many years, Kristina has been contributing to the greater progress of the agricultural and food sector and the promotion of the cooperation between buisiness and our university in the development of the latest technologies. We are particularly pleased with her attention to the topic of women’s leadership, as well as her efforts to contribute to raising the competencies of students and attracting them to study agrifood sciences”, said rector of Vytautas Magnus University, prof. Dr. Juozas Augutis.

Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė was acknowledged for her great attention and efforts in promoting women’s leadership in the agrifood sector, the introduction of advanced technologies in the agriculture and food sector, and the creation of more favorable conditions for farmers and businesses. In addition, Kristina pays a lot of attention to the education of farmers, specialists and students and the promotion of intersectoral and science-business cooperation.