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Higher Education Reform in the Context of Economic Crisis: the case of Lithuania Gintaras Steponavi č ius Minister of Education and Science KEF IX: Diversification Through Innovation The World Bank's 9th Knowledge Economy Forum 5-7 May 10, Berlin
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Minister of Education and Science
KEF IX: Diversification Through Innovation The World Bank's 9th Knowledge Economy Forum
5-7 May 10, Berlin
Distribution of students by the type of HEI’s in 2009:
New Law on Higher Education and Research 30-04-2009:
Competitive funding of HE (Students’ vouchers)
Quality. To create conditions and incentives necessary for the substantial improvement in HE quality
Accessibility. Favorable conditions to all who want and are able to pursue studies
Competitiveness. State funding for the best students and researchers.
Efficient use of resources.Impetus for the rising prosperity of the country
State funding for bachelor studies is provided in the form of student vouchers to the best entrants applying to HEI’s:
11 areas of studies: humanitarian, social, physical, biomedical, technology sciences, artistic and visual arts. Law, business, pedagogy and medicine are separated out of these as separate areas.
Proportion of student vouchers by type of HE institutions in 2009:
25829 students were enrolled in state and private Universities for I cycle studies in 2009.Out of this number:
45 %studies fully covered by the state (vouchers),
55 %pays full price themselves.
15961students were enrolled in state and private Colleges in 2009.Out of this number:
58 %studies fully covered by the state (vouchers),
42 % pays full price themselves.
To ensure real accessibility a state loan system for students has been transformed and expanded. Since 2009 students can get state–supported loans from the private commercial institutions (banks) to cover their:
Social scholarships are also available to students with low socio-economical background, disable and orphans. This type of scholarship and amount in money is regulated by the state.
Highest governing body responsible for strategic decisions. Formed of the members of academic community and outside members appointed by minister according to proposal of National HE Council
Highest administrative body responsible for the management of a HEI. Elected by HEI’s Council
Highest body dealing with academic matters, approving study programs and securing maintenance of academic standards
EU structural funds – attention to R&D infrastructure, human resources and environment
Concentration of Lithuanian R&D potential
R&D infrastructure, human resources andenvironment
Knowledge and competitiveness
5 Valleys Programmes started in 2009
17 State Research Institutes
18 University Research Institutes
10 State Research Institutions
5 Centers of Science and
6 State Research Institutes
(17 Institutes was integrated into universities)
By 2020 Lithuania targets2% R&D intensity (0,8% in 2009):
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