NON-UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION IN LITHUANIA Kristina SutkutėCredential Evaluator
Contents of the presentation: • Introducing the two tier system of higher education • Development of non-university higher education • Main features of non-university higher education
Two-Tier System of HE University HE • University level institutions (22): University (universitetas), Academy (akademija), Seminary (seminarija) • Higher education based on theoretical knowledge and scientific research • Organised in three cycles: • 1st cycle: Bachelor • 2nd cycle: Master • 3rd cycle: Doctoral
Non-University HE • Non-University level institutions (28): College (kolegija), school (aukštoji mokykla) • Prepares for professional activity based on applied research and practical training • One Cycle (1st cycle undergraduate) Source for information on institutions and programmes: www.aikos.smm.lt
Development of Non-University Sector Main stages: • 2000 establishment of non-university sector (colleges) • 2007 colleges are granted the right to confer Professional Bachelor degree (profesinis bakalauras)
Prior to the Law on HE (before 2000) After the Law on HE (after 2000) Higher Education University HE Non-University HE Advanced VET VET VET Secondary Education Secondary Education Basic Education Basic Education Primary Education Primary Education
Establishment of Colleges • Law on Higher Education (2000) established a two tier system of higher education • Advanced VET schools were reorganized and became colleges (kolegija) or departments of colleges • Advanced VET sector gradually disappeared • Graduates of non-university study programs were awarded a professional qualification and could enter 1st cycle university level studies
Changes in 2007 • Colleges acquired the right to award Professional Bachelor degrees. • The right is granted to colleges, which successfully undergo assessment by CQAHE (4 years after their establishment). • All professional qualifications previously awarded by such colleges are equated to a Professional Bachelor degree.
Non-University Higher Education I • Admission requirements: secondary education (Brandos atestatas) • Qualification awarded: professional qualification and/or Professional Bachelor degree • Workload requirements: 120-160 national credits (180-240 ECTS)
Non-University Higher Education II Curriculum: • Subjects of general education: about 6%; subjects on the particular field of study: at least 40 national credits; subjects on the specialization: 40% • 20 credits to practical training • Final project and/or final examinations: at least 6 credits
Non-University Higher Education III Rights awarded: • Right to begin an appropriate professional career • Right to enter 1st cycle university (Bachelor) studies (some credits are usually transferred) • Right to enter Master studies after (1) acquisition of working experience and (2) completion of additional courses.