Education, Culture and Sports in Lithuania
(edition 2020)

Higher education

 

In the 2019–2020 academic year, 38 per cent of the youth aged 20–24 were pursuing higher education (in 2018, 39 per cent).

At the beginning of the 2019–2020 academic year, professionals with the highest qualification were prepared by 41 higher education institutions: 19 universities and 22 colleges; there were 106 thousand students in these schools, of whom 73 thousand – at universities (in 2018–2019, 77.3 thousand), 33 thousand – in colleges. Against the previous 2018–2019 academic year, the number of students in schools of higher education decreased by 4.3 thousand (5.6 per cent), in colleges – 1 thousand (3 per cent).

The number of students in non-state schools of higher education (7 universities and 10 colleges) amounted to 11.2 thousand, or almost 10.6 per cent of all students in higher education (in 2018–2019, 10.6 thousand, or 9.6 per cent).

In 2019, 24.8 thousand higher education professionals graduated from higher education institutions. In colleges, a professional bachelor’s degree was obtained by 7.4 thousand graduates; at universities, 10.1 thousand graduates obtained a bachelor’s, 6.5 thousand – master’s, 287 – PhD degrees; 685 graduates, upon the completion of non-degree programmes, acquired a professional qualification (412 completed residency, 273 – pedagogy studies).

In 2019, 57.8 per cent of residents of Lithuania aged 30–34 had higher education (in 2018, 57.6 per cent).


Growing number of foreign students

The number of foreign nationals studying the full study programme at the universities of Lithuania stood at 6.2 thousand, which is 8.5 per cent of all university students. In colleges, the number of foreign students stood at 481. One fifth (20.8 per cent) of foreigners studying at higher education institutions were citizens of the European countries, more than a third (38.3 per cent) came from Asian countries.

In 2018, 4.1 thousand students from Lithuania studied in the United Kingdom, 1.3 thousand – in Denmark, 646 – in Poland, 231 – in France.

 

Colleges

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In 2019, 10.7 thousand students were admitted to colleges, of whom 4.6 thousand (42.8 per cent) were state-funded students. The majority (92.5 per cent) of those admitted have graduated from general schools, 4.8 per cent – have already acquired a profession in vocational training institutions. Among those admitted, there were also those with higher education diplomas (0.5 per cent).

At the beginning of the 2019–2020 academic year, the number of students in colleges totalled 32.9 thousand (women – 56 per cent, men – 44 per cent). The number of the state-funded students stood at 16.6 thousand, or half (50.5 per cent) of all college students.

Business and administration is the most popular field of education – 34.8 per cent (11.5 thousand) of college students are studying in this field; the number of students in the field of healthcare – 6.1 thousand (18.4 per cent), engineering – 4 thousand (12.1 per cent).

Despite the annual decline in the number of college students in almost all fields of study, the number of students in information and communication technologies and healthcare has increased in recent years. Compared to the 2014–2015 academic year, the number of students in information and telecommunication technologies doubled, in healthcare – increased by 16 per cent.

 

College students by form of studies
Beginning of the academic year

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College students by field of education and sex
Beginning of the academic year

 

2015–2016

2016–2017

2017–2018

2018–2019

2019–2020

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Total by field of education

18,377

21,395

17,301

20,270

16,246

19,187

15,226

18,712

14,497

18,434

Education

45

809

35

831

25

856

18

970

18

1,025

Arts

697

1,177

681

1,130

647

1,045

623

1,001

615

958

Humanities (except languages)

18

13

Languages

125

200

118

215

117

219

106

234

135

233

Social and behavioural sciences

39

50

26

16

13

8

11

9

6

13

Journalism and information

29

160

17

145

18

126

20

122

32

128

Business and administration

4,954

8,798

4,599

7,704

4,283

7,004

4,418

6,725

4,725

6,743

Law

535

824

487

679

505

617

545

662

550

677

Physical sciences

24

49

27

47

28

37

19

26

15

20

Information and Communication Technologies

673

63

737

94

1,011

136

1,085

151

1,214

161

Engineering and engineering trades

6,293

407

5,888

396

5,246

323

4,624

252

3,801

194

Manufacturing and processing

379

803

350

783

314

754

242

574

168

437

Architecture and construction

1,733

491

1,711

453

1,738

401

1,517

301

1,361

252

Agriculture

227

336

227

289

224

280

202

253

190

252

Forestry

429

99

366

93

298

78

253

51

202

48

Veterinary

26

153

25

147

25

152

27

160

22

182

Health

606

4,682

578

5,053

529

5,212

526

5,443

594

5,480

Welfare

104

1,255

104

1,211

105

1,121

97

1,151

109

1,183

Personal services

155

791

153

735

113

602

108

444

109

333

Transport services

1,309

274

1,188

277

1,028

239

796

203

642

136

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College students by field of education and sex, 2019–2020
Beginning of the academic year

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College students by age
Beginning of the academic year

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College students by sex
Beginning of the academic year

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Universities

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Lithuanian population is among the most educated people in Europe

Potential of the society development is best reflected by the share of young educated people. Lithuania may boast of its success in exceeding the target set out in the Europe 2020 strategy, stating that, by 2020, at least 40 per cent of persons aged 30–34 should complete higher education or equivalent studies. In 2019, Lithuania exceeded the above-mentioned target – persons of the said age accounted for 57.8 per cent, and this share in the last decade shows an overall further increasing trend and is one of the highest in the European Union.

The number of students at universities has been gradually decreasing each year. Against the 2009–2010 academic year, it decreased twice. At the beginning of the 2019–2020 academic year, 73 thousand students studied at our universities, or by 4.3 thousand (5.6 per cent) less than in the 2018–2019 academic year. 43.7 thousand (60 per cent) students studied in bachelor’s studies.

In 2019, 17.4 thousand professionals with the highest qualification were prepared by our universities. A professional bachelor’s degree was obtained by 10.1 thousand graduates; 6.5 thousand graduates obtained master’s, 287 – PhD degrees. 685 graduates, upon the completion of non-degree programmes, acquired a professional qualification (412 completed residency programmes, 273 – pedagogical studies).

Furthermore, 38 graduates completed doctorate studies in research institutes and obtained PhD degrees.

Specialists in the field of business and administration (2.6 thousand, or 15 per cent of all university graduates), engineering (2 thousand), health sciences (2.1 thousand), social sciences (1.8 thousand) accounted for the major share of all students prepared by universities.

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University students
Beginning of the academic year

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University students by stage of studies
Beginning of the academic year

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University students by mode of finance

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The number of foreign students who studied in our country’s universities under the whole study programme amounted to 6.2 thousand. One fifth (21 per cent) of foreigners studying at universities were citizens of the European Union, 30 per cent – of other European countries, 40 – per cent of them came for studies from Asian countries, 7 per cent – the citizens of African countries.

On the basis of Eurostat data, in 2018, 4.1 thousand students from Lithuania studied in the United Kingdom, 1.3 thousand – in Denmark, 646 – in Poland, 231 – in France.

 

Foreign students at the universities of Lithuania by citizenship, 2019–2020
Beginning of the academic year

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Lithuanian students who studied abroad during the academic year

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Wages and salaries of higher education staff

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More indicators on higher education:

Foreign students in the colleges of Lithuania by citizenship

Academic college staff

University students by field of education and gender

Academic university staff


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