Kauno Kolegija/ University of Applied Sciences is a state – owned institution providing higher education in the areas of technologies, social sciences, biomedicine, humanities and arts. It is one of the biggest institutions of higher education not only in Lithuania, but in the whole Baltic Region.
Kauno Kolegija actively contributes to implementing the state regional development policy -study programmes are realised not only in Kaunas but also in Kedainiai, Druskininkai and Taurage. All together it offers over 40 study programmes. More than 8000 students are currently studying and approximately 600 teachers are currently working here.
Success of Kauno kolegija is based on the partnership among students, teachers and employers in the process of training specialists who acquire higher education and practical skills within shorter period, usually of three years. Close cooperation between Kauno kolegija and employers has positive influence on student employment in enterprises and other institutions.
International cooperation is one of Kauno kolegija priority areas. Participation in international networks and programmes ensures active implementation of provisions of Bologna Process in academic and other activities. International cooperation aims for improving the quality of studies, applied research and ensures the compliance of Kauno kolegija graduates skills with continuously changing needs of international labour market.
The Kauno kolegija community cooperates with other education and research institutions, organisations and associated business structures. This cooperation is carried according to the aims of the study process, needs of international labour market and the strategy of regional development.
Students’ opinion is highly respected here – representatives delegated by students actively participate in the activities of institutional self – government.
Facts and Figures
Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences was established on 1 September 2000 after the binary higher education system consisting of two types of higher education provided by colleges and universities was introduced in Lithuania.
In 2005 a group of experts appointed by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania assessed the achievements and progress of the institution following the evaluation procedure established by the law and gave excellent evaluation scores. After the accreditation Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences was granted the right to award Professional Bachelor’s Diploma and Diploma Supplement complying with European Higher Education requirements.
Today Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest colleges in Lithuania, with a community about 73 000 students and about 1000 employees (data of October, 2013).
Over 1 800 students graduate from the university every year.
The institution delivers the first cycle studies in the fields of technology, biomedicine, humanities, social sciences and art. There is a wide range of study programmes – totally 47.
All the degree programmes are designed with the goal to equip the learners with profound theoretical knowledge and to provide the maximum training of practical skills. Approximately 30 to 50 per cent of the total study time at Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences is spent on developing student’s practical skills.
The age of students at Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences year ranged from 18 to 60 years. The average student age is 22,4 years (data of October, 2013). Tuition of almost two-thirds of the future professionals is covered by the state, while the remaining students pay tuition fees.
The learners are positive about the modernization of studies: 75 percent of survey participants noted that studies at the university had met or even exceeded their expectations.
The university has 4 faculties in Kaunas city and 3 regional departments in Kėdainiai, Tauragė and Druskininkai.
More than 70 labs and workshops are there. The library consists of 7 departments and has more than 65 thousand publications in Lithuanian, English, German, Russian, French and other languages.
The students are accommodated in 4 dormitories.
In the period 2009 – 2013 the university invested over LTL 30 million for the improvement of higher education quality and renovation or new construction of the campus facilities. The improvement works were funded from the European Union Structural funds and co-financed by the university. Since 2004 Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences promoted and implemented 24 projects funded through the European Union Structural Funds and acted as a partner in twelve more projects.
Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, the leader of rating
Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences prides itself on public recognition. In 2O13, the Lithuanian magazine Veidas (Face) announced, for the fifth time, the rating of Lithuanian colleges, where Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences is the first among the state colleges.
In 2013, 13 state and 11 non-state Lithuanian colleges were rated separately. All of them were rated according to 9 criteria that had a different number of points assigned and weight ratios estimated, and included counselling and applied scientific / artistic performance (18 points); the highest evaluations of the performance of the academic staff and graduates (3 points); the academic staff of the college (6 points); college internationality (15points); the variety of study programmes (8 points); study conditions (11.5 points); students’ opinion (15 points); the demand of the specialty acquired at the college in the labour market (28 points); and college funding (5.5 points).
The sum total of all the indicators of Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences is 47.82 points. The best evaluated spheres are counselling and applied scientific / artistic performance (10.48 points); the performance of the academic staff and graduates (1.75 points); the academic staff (3.18 points); and study conditions (4.69 points).
The rating of Lithuanian state colleges, 2013
1) Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences (47.82 points). 2) Vilniaus kolegija / University of Applied Sciences (46.08 points). 3) Utenos kolegija / Utena University of Applied Scienses (37.36 points). 4) Kauno miškų ir aplinkos inžinerijos kolegija / Kaunas College of Forestry and Environmental Engineering (37.19 points). 5) Žemaitijos kolegija / Zemaitija College (36.47 points). 6) Vilniaus technologijų ir dizaino kolegija / Vilnius College of Technologies and Design (32.73 points). 7) Klaipėdos valstybinė kolegija / Klaipeda State College (32.31 points). 8) Kauno technikos kolegija / Kaunas University of Applied Engineering Sciences (27.8 points). 9) Alytaus kolegija / University of Applied Sciences (27.62 points). 10) Lietuvos aukštoji jūreivystės mokykla / Lithuanian Maritime Academy (24.67 points).
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