Lithuania:Higher Education

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Contents

Lithuania:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Lithuania:Historical Development

Lithuania:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Lithuania:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Lithuania:Political and Economic Situation

Lithuania:Organisation and Governance

Lithuania:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Lithuania:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Lithuania:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Lithuania:Organisation of Private Education

Lithuania:National Qualifications Framework

Lithuania:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Lithuania:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Lithuania:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Lithuania:Funding in Education

Lithuania:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Lithuania:Higher Education Funding

Lithuania:Adult Education and Training Funding

Lithuania:Early Childhood Education and Care

Lithuania:Organisation of Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of the Pre-Primary Class

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in the Pre-Primary Class

Lithuania:Assessment in the Pre-Primary Class

Lithuania:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Lithuania:Primary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of Primary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in Primary Education

Lithuania:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Lithuania:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of Vocational Lower Secondary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Lower Secondary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in Vocational Lower Secondary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Lithuania:Higher Education

Lithuania:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Lithuania:First Cycle Programmes

Lithuania:Bachelor

Lithuania:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Lithuania:Second Cycle Programmes

Lithuania:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Lithuania:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Lithuania:Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Distribution of Responsibilities

Lithuania:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Lithuania:Main Providers

Lithuania:Main Types of Provision

Lithuania:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Lithuania:Teachers and Education Staff

Lithuania:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Lithuania:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Lithuania:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Lithuania:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Management and Other Education Staff

Lithuania:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Lithuania:Management Staff for Higher Education

Lithuania:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Lithuania:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Quality Assurance

Lithuania:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Lithuania:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Educational Support and Guidance

Lithuania:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Lithuania:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Lithuania:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Lithuania:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Lithuania:Mobility and Internationalisation

Lithuania:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Mobility in Higher Education

Lithuania:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Lithuania:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Lithuania:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Lithuania:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Lithuania:National Reforms in School Education

Lithuania:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Lithuania:National Reforms in Higher Education

Lithuania:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Lithuania:European Perspective

Lithuania:Legislation

Lithuania:Institutions

Lithuania:Bibliography

Lithuania:Glossary

The Law on Higher Education and Research states that the mission of higher education and research is to help ensure the country‘s public, cultural and economic prosperity, provide support and impetus for a full life of every citizen of Lithuania, and satisfy the natural thirst for knowledge.  

The studies provided by the Lithuanian higher education institutions are conducted on the basis of study programmes conferring a degree and non-degree study programmes. There are two types of study programmes: university and college study programmes. Studies can be of continual or extended forms. On completion of either form of studies, graduates obtain equivalent education.  

Higher education studies are broken down into three cycles:
1) the first cycle – Professional Bachelor‘s and Bachelor‘s level;
2) the second cycle – Master‘s level;
3) the third cycle – Doctoral level.

The first cycle Professional Bachelor‘s study programmes may be delivered by colleges, whereas the first cycle Bachelor‘s programmes may be offered by universities. Study programmes conferring the second cycle degree may be conducted by universities. Doctoral studies may be delivered at universities or universities in conjunction with research institutes.

University degree conferring study programmes can be integrated, combining the first and second cycles of studies.

Study programmes aimed at retraining, which do not award a degree, may be offered by universities and colleges in the manner prescribed by legal acts.

According to the Lithuanian Classification of Education, higher education (both university and non-university) belongs to education level 6(according to ISCED 2011).

The activities of the Lithuanian higher education system are regulated by the Law on Higher Education and Research approved by the Seimas on 30 April 2009.