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.
- 2005 – Institutional accreditation of Kauno Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences completed with excellent evaluation by international expert panel.
- 2008 – Kauno Kolegija / 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 – Kauno Kolegija / 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 moder sports ground open for our community and society.
- 2020 – Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences will celebrate 20th anniversary.
The history of Kauno Kolegija / 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 Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences dates back to even earlier times. The Faculty of Health Care has grown from short-term courses for midwifes 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.
Kauno Kolegija / 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.
Our institution today
Today Kauno Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest professional higher education institutions in Lithuania, with a community of over 6000 students, about 1000 employees and about 30 000 graduates, who have successfully established their careers in Lithuanian and foreign companies. The university delivers the first cycle studies in the areas of technology, biomedicine, humanities, social sciences and art leading to the Professional bachelor’s degree. The university has four faculties and one regional departments.
The average student age is 22-23 years. Tuition of almost two-thirds of the future professionals is covered by the state, while the remaining students pay tuition fees. Over 1 600 students graduate from the university every year.