Kaunas University of Applied Sciences is a multi-profile state higher education institution training specialists in technology, informatics, engineering, medicine, humanities, social, art, education, business and public management, law, and agricultural sciences.
The institution is guided by a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and graduates get a professional bachelor’s degree with the acquired qualification.
The study programmes are designed in a way that the students acquire strong theoretical knowledge and develop practical skills during the study period. Practical training makes up at least one-third of the study programme.
Kaunas University of Applied Sciences focuses on the goal of modern studies, therefore the provisions of active learning are followed. Lecturers use interactive knowledge transfer methods in their lectures in order to convey knowledge as comprehensively as possible and to take into account the changing learning habits and technological achievements of students.
For several years, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences has implemented and developed a quality management system that links internal quality analysis with the conclusions of external experts on the quality of teaching, the modernity of the study programmes learning bases, and feedback from graduates and employers.
Kaunas 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.
- 2005 – Institutional accreditation of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences completed with excellent evaluation by international expert panel.
- 2008 – Kaunas University of Applied Sciences became the winner of Quality Competition held by Education Exchanges Support Foundation. The first prize was received for Erasmus student and academic staff exchange programme.
- 2010 – Kaunas University of Applied Sciences started international studies.
- 2012 – The groundbreaking for the new academic building symbolizing the beginning of university campus.
- 2014 – New academic building and modern sports ground open for our community and society.
- 2020 – Kaunas University of Applied Sciences celebrated 20th anniversary.
The history of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences dates back to the schools of interwar period and post-war technical schools. The present Faculty of Technologies grew from the Pulp and Paper Industry School established in Kaunas in 1945. Similarly, the Faculty of Economics and Law developed from the Technical School of Statistics established in Kaunas in 1954. The history of the other faculties of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences dates back to even earlier times. The Faculty of Health Care has grown from short-term courses for midwives started by professor Pranas Mažylis in 1920 and two-year courses for the Sisters of Mercy run by the Lithuanian Red Cross. In 1941 these courses became Kaunas School of Nursing. Justinas Vienožinskis Faculty of Arts has also grown from the drawing courses when the first Art School in Lithuania was opened at the initiative of the painter Justinas Vienožinskis in 1922. In 1939 the school became a higher education institution. The Faculty of Landscaping has a more diverse history. A Horticulture School opened in Aukštoji Freda in 1920, was transferred to the Faculty of Nature and Mathematics of Kaunas University in 1923 and in 1924 the operation of the school was taken over by the Ministry of Agriculture. In 1925 the school was renamed to Freda Horticulture School of Further Education. Kėdainiai Jonušas Radvila Faculty counts the years since 1993, when Jonušas Radvila College was established in Kėdainiai by the order of the Minister for Culture and Education.
Kaunas University of Applied Sciences has united the efforts of students, academic staff, alumni, and social partners, joined the variety and potential of different fields of activity and has formed a strong and distinctive organizational culture based on democratic personal and organizational values that have become the landmarks for the present and future activities.