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 7122 students and about 1000 employees (data of October, 2014).
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 56.
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 2 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.
5 – The number of the areas of studies in which Kauno Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences delivers education programmes.
6 – The number of university graduates and faculty members who received national awards in 1990–2011.
14 – The number of academic buildings owned by the faculties and centres of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences.
70 – The number of laboratories and workshops where students and teachers conduct research, create research and art projects.
95 – The number of teachers who held degrees in science and art in 2012.
~ 20 000 – The number of students who graduated from Kauno Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences until 2012.
LTL 33 million – Investment from EU funds and other sources of funding before 2007 for the modernization of education and infrastructure in Kauno Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences.
300 – The average number of university students involved in international exchange programmes every year.
In accordance with the Law on Higher Education of Lithuania, teachers’ certification and competition for gaining a position of associated professor, lecturer and junior lecturer are held at Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences. For that purpose the teachers’ certification commission is permanently functioning at the institution.
According to the data of September, 2015 there are 570 academic staff members, namely:
- 62 associated professors;
- 376 lecturers;
- 138 junior lecturers.