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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.

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1 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

2 Page 2 Science and studies concentration in Lithuania

3 Page 3 Starting point researchers, 6000 with doctoral degrees new doctoral degrees each year students ( in the colleges) 23 university ( 8 private), 17 state and 18 university research institutes, 23 colleges Investments in R&D - 0,8 % of GDP 6,7 % researchers in business and industry

4 Page 4 Financing ALLOCATIONS FOR SCIENCE AND STUDIES IN (Millions, ) State budget fundingEU SF and gross fundingSpecial programmes funding

5 Page 5 HE system in Lithuania HE institutions (HEIs) & students 1999/ / / /2010 Universities + Colleges Total number of students Approx Number of HEIs in 2009/2010: StatePrivate Universities15158 Colleges Distribution of students by the type of HEIs in 2009:

6 Page 6 Reform of Higher education and research system New Law on Higher Education and Research :Law on Higher Education and Research Competitive funding of HE (Students vouchers) Programme based competitive research funding Institutional reform of research institutes Institutional reform of universities and colleges External institutional evaluation Intellectual rights protection Science Council reformed in to Research Council Agency of Research, Innovation and Technologies established

7 Page 7 Major goals of the higher education reform 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

8 Page 8 State funding for bachelor studies is given to students, not institutions State funding for bachelor studies is provided in the form of student vouchers to the best entrants applying to HEIs : Entrants choose freely an educational institution – whether its a public or a private one State funds allocated for vouchers are divided into 11 areas of studies to meet the demand for different kinds of specialists 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.

9 Page 9 First results of the new funding mechanism State funding was given to the best university and college students. Since 2009 public funding is also available for part–time studies. The number of students in vocational schools have increased responding better labour market needs. A number of the weakest study programs didnt attract enough students and have to be renewed or closed. Smaller HEIs started think about consolidation, first HEIs announced their wish to merge. Next to public funding universities were able to attract even more private funding from the self–financed students.

10 Page 10 Quality reason – competition among HEIs ( First year results) Proportion of student vouchers by type of HE institutions in 2009: Universities: state – 98 %, private – 2 %; Colleges: state – 91 %, private – 9 % students were enrolled in state and private Universities for I cycle studies in Out of this number: 45 % studies fully covered by the state (vouchers), 55 % pays full price themselves students were enrolled in state and private Colleges in Out of this number: 58 % studies fully covered by the state (vouchers), 42 % pays full price themselves.

11 Page 11 Increasing accessibility 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: –study costs, –living expenses, –part time studies abroad under international agreements. Objectives: The opportunity to provide students with loans has increased 6 times; The loans are provided by 4 banks, the competition of which enables students to choose the bank offering the lowest interest rate; During the studies period the government will compensate interest rate higher than 5 percent for loans taken to cover their study costs; Loans can be taken in national currency (litas) as well as in euro's Repayment of the loans related with the students income rates (income contingent). 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.

12 Page 12 New management and accountability Functions Council Rector Senate Governing body 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 HEIs Council Highest body dealing with academic matters, approving study programs and securing maintenance of academic standards

13 Page 13 Essential enlargement of autonomy New legal status – from a budgetary entity into a public entity – more freedom for decision making Right to own and manage property entrusted by the state

14 Page 14 The main focus in 2010 Attention to the students enrolled in science and technology studies – more state funded places comparing with other fields of studies Attention to the pedagogical studies – less number of state funded places, more state allocations per one study place, additional scholarships Renewal of the I cycle study programmes Development of joint study programmes to increase the internationalization of HE Development of the tools for internal quality assurance systems in HEIs To adapt study infrastructure for the needs of disable students Encourage development of practical skills and entrepreneurship of students

15 Page % of Structural Fund support – for HE, research and innovation EU structural funds – attention to R&D infrastructure, human resources and environment R&D Programme for Cooperation Between Public R&D and Business Sectors - Integrated Research, HE and Business Centers (Valleys) Common National Integrated Programme – 12 national integrated Programmes in R&D knowledge susceptive economical sectors Researchers Career Programme - professional improvement of researchers at all stages of their career Concentration of Lithuanian R&D potential Reorganization of Institutes Network National Science Programmes

16 Page 16 Stimulation of innovation Valleys Programme Measures by other ministries for R&D development Researchers Career Programme National Integrated Programmes Investments into: R&D infrastructure, human resources and environment

17 Page 17 Structural Funds Programmes R&D Programme for Cooperation Between Public R&D and Business Sectors (218,06 mil. ) Common National Integrated Programme (97,43 mil. ) Researchers Career Programme (182,5 mil. ) National Higher Education Programme (221,28 mil. )

18 Page 18 Integrated Research, HE and Business Centers (Valleys) StudiesBusiness Research Knowledge and competitiveness 5 Valleys Programmes started in 2009

19 Page 19 Focus on priority fields Biotechnology and biomedicine; Materials science, physical and chemical technologies; Natural resources and agricultural; Engineering and IT.

20 Page 20 Stimulus for R&D commercialization Recommendations for Lithuanian science and studies institutions regarding the rights arising from the results of intellectual activities, approved by the order of the Minister of Education and Science December 1, 2009 Recommendations – a consulting guide, setting the guidelines for Lithuanian science and studies institutions on the rights, arising from the results of intellectual activities, and their use, disposal and management.

21 Page 21 Consolidation of State Research Institutions Network Before consolidation : 17 State Research Institutes 18 University Research Institutes 10 State Research Institutions After consolidation : 5 Centers of Science and 6 State Research Institutes (17 Institutes was integrated into universities)

22 Page 22 Actions Open international tender for the selection of the Valley Monitoring Group experts announced Funding Contracts of the Projects of National Integrated Programs will be signed Regulation basis for management of open-access centers Legal basis of the Science and Technology Parks renewed

23 Page 23 National target EU2020 for R&D intensity By 2020 Lithuania targets 2% R&D intensity (0,8% in 2009): In the period of the financial crisis, the budget allocations to the higher education and science sector were reduced less than in average to the public sector in total. Since 2009, government expenditure on R&D has been increased due to SF allocations. New fiscal incentives for R&D: improved financial accounting in business sector is expected; Due to reform: new incentives for research and higher education institutions to commercialize R&D results and attract investments from business sector. Reformed research and higher education system and renewed infrastructure: foreign investment should increase.

24 Page 24 Challenges Successful implementation of the HE and research reform Successful implementation of EU structural funds programmes Strengthening of studies, science and business integration for growth of Lithuanias economy Globalization and internationalization Preparedness for New EU financial programming period for

25 Page 25 THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION


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